Public Sector
Continuing & Professional Education

Advanced Certificate
in Local Authority Administration (NACLAA I)

Part-time, online/in-class blended study tailored for:

  • municipal administrators
  • municipal clerks
  • legislative assistants
  • utility clerks
  • accountants

Our instruc­tors are aca­d­e­mics and prac­ti­tion­ers from across the coun­try who are experts in their field

This is a long-run­ning and award-win­ning pro­gram that con­sists of two ful­ly online cer­tifi­cates: NACLAA Lev­el I and NACLAA Lev­el II (pri­mar­i­ly designed for munic­i­pal admin­is­tra­tors hold­ing or aspir­ing to high­er-lev­el positions).

Cours­es in both cer­tifi­cates focus on con­cepts, struc­tures, and process­es that define local gov­ern­ment admin­is­tra­tion. Stu­dents are pro­vid­ed with the the­o­ret­i­cal and prac­ti­cal knowl­edge that is essen­tial for suc­cess work­ing in local author­i­ty admin­is­tra­tion. Our instruc­tors are aca­d­e­mics and prac­ti­tion­ers from across the coun­try who are experts in their field.

The NACLAA Lev­el I pro­gram is suit­ed for entry to medi­um-lev­el munic­i­pal admin­is­tra­tors who are inter­est­ed in pro­fes­sion­al devel­op­ment and career advance­ment. Indi­vid­u­als who are explor­ing career options in local gov­ern­ment or tran­si­tion­ing into the field would also find this pro­gram advantageous.


The pro­gram is very rel­e­vant to munic­i­pal operations.

Nation­al Advanced Cer­tifi­cate in Local Author­i­ty Admin­is­tra­tion Lev­el I student

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Nation­al Advanced Cer­tifi­cate in Local Author­i­ty Admin­is­tra­tion Lev­el I student

Gain a broader understanding and explore theories of the local government structure and its policies and procedures.

Identify and analyze community issues relevant to Canadian municipalities.

Build knowledge and enhance skills in critical areas such as finance, leadership, municipal law, sustainability, and public administration.

Network with municipal administrators from across the country, sharing experiences and ideas either online or in person.

CLGM designation accreditation opportunity

A note about COVID-19 measures

If you see a program on our website announced as an in-person or downtown Edmonton offering, please disregard the format—but not the program. Winter, Spring, and Summer 2021 courses have been converted to remote delivery platforms. Register for a course online or apply to a program via email, and keep learning!

  • University of Alberta parchment in as little as 2 years
  • Pay as you go
Earn an Advanced Certificate
in Local Authority Administration (NACLAA I)

This program is currently open for enrolment—apply now

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8 courses needed to graduate with this UAlberta Advanced Certificate.

You can register for a course without applying angd enrolling in the program. If later you decide to apply for the full program, the course you’ve taken will be applied toward your Advanced Certificate as long as it is still part of the program plan at the time of your application. Please note, program requirements are subject to change over time.

Enrolling in the pro­gram is a require­ment if you want to earn the cer­tifi­cate. You may apply for admis­sion as you start your stud­ies or, if you pre­fer, after you have tak­en one or two courses. 

To qual­i­fy for the pro­gram, you must have a high school diplo­ma or equiv­a­lent. Expe­ri­ence in munic­i­pal gov­ern­ment is con­sid­ered an asset.

If you have suc­cess­ful­ly com­plet­ed a course from a rec­og­nized post-sec­ondary insti­tu­tion with­in the last eight years that is applic­a­ble to the NACLAA Lev­el I pro­gram, you may request a course exemp­tion.

Stu­dents who hold the Cer­tifi­cate in Man­i­to­ba Munic­i­pal Admin­is­tra­tion (CMMA) or the Uni­ver­si­ty of Regina’s Cer­tifi­cate in Local Gov­ern­ment Author­i­ty (CLGA) will receive trans­fer cred­its toward the NACLAA Lev­el I certificate.

Accred­i­ta­tion Oppor­tu­ni­ty: CLGM designation

Com­ple­tion of both NACLAA pro­grams (Lev­el I and Lev­el II) ful­fills the edu­ca­tion­al require­ments for the Cer­ti­fied Local Gov­ern­ment Man­ag­er (CLGM) des­ig­na­tion in Alberta. 

The CLGM is con­ferred by the Soci­ety of Local Gov­ern­ment Man­agers (SLGM), the pro­fes­sion­al orga­ni­za­tion that reg­u­lates the prac­tices of local gov­ern­ment man­agers and ensures its mem­bers act in the local government’s best pos­si­ble interest.

Con­sult with the SLGM pri­or to enrolling in any of our elec­tive in-class cours­es to make sure that they meet the require­ments for the CLGM pro­fes­sion­al des­ig­na­tion. For exam­ple, note that our EXL­DR in-class elec­tive cours­es do not meet the cur­rent course require­ments for the CLGM designation. 

The NACLAA Level I program is comprised of five core courses (39 hours each) and 117 instructional hours of electives, for a total of 312 instructional hours. Designed for part-time study, it can generally be completed within two to three years.

The program is fully available online; alternatively, students may choose to take a selection of face-to-face courses as part of their elective requirements.

Local Government and Public Administration Professionalism are recommended as the first courses in NACLAA Level I. There is no recommended order for the remaining courses. Electives can be taken at any time throughout the program, provided that their prerequisites are met.

A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 is required to obtain the certificate (3.5 or higher earns a certificate with distinction).

Once you are admitted, you can verify your program requirements by logging into the University of Alberta’s student portal, Bear Tracks, to view your Academic Advisement.

  • An appli­ca­tion fee of $100 is required for admis­sion into the program.
  • Tuition is paid on a course-by-course basis as you reg­is­ter for your classes.
  • Cours­es are GST-exempt.
  • Some cours­es require a text­book at an addi­tion­al cost.
  • Eli­gi­ble for the Cana­da-Alber­ta Job Grant.
  • Cor­po­rate mul­ti-reg­is­tra­tion pack­ages are avail­able for most Exten­sion cours­es. Con­tact us at excorp@​ualberta.​ca for pre­ferred pricing.
Bursaries and funding opportunities
Funding source
Apply by
Canada-Alberta Job Grant 

Available for businesses in all sectors across Alberta

Two-thirds of the training costs (up to 100% if hiring an unemployed Albertan)
any time
Canada Training Benefit 

Residents of Canada, 25-65 years old, who have $10,000-150,000 in earnings for work.

income tax return
Alumni Professional Development Grant 

Any alumnus of the University of Alberta

75% of course fee
monthly deadline

Employed by the University of Alberta as Non-Academic Staff (NASA)

$750 annually
Dec / Mar / Jun / Sep
William F. Lede and Ernest Newman Memorial Bursaries 

Students who are enrolled or preparing to enrol in the Applied Land Use Planning Certificate, Advanced Certificate in Local Authority Administration (NACLAA) Level I or Level II programs

$1,000 and $800 annually
Chairman’s Scholarship 

Students who are enrolled in theAdvanced Certificate in Local Authority Administration (NACLAA) Level I program

$800 annually
50th Anniversary Scholarship 

Students who are enrolled in theAdvanced Certificate in Local Authority Administration (NACLAA) Level I program

$800 annually

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