Continuing & Professional Education

Local Authority Administration (NACLAA II)

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NACLAA pro­gram was fun­da­men­tal for Rachel’s appoint­ment as CAO
The NACLAA cer­tifi­cate is a great pro­gram that can move you for­ward in your organization.”

The NACLAA Lev­el II pro­gram is designed for munic­i­pal admin­is­tra­tors that hold high­er-lev­el posi­tions with­in the munic­i­pal civ­il ser­vice and are inter­est­ed in greater respon­si­bil­i­ties in local author­i­ty administration.

The Uni­ver­si­ty of Alberta’s Nation­al Cer­tifi­cate in Local Author­i­ty Admin­is­tra­tion (NACLAA) is a long-run­ning and award-win­ning pro­gram that con­sists of two ful­ly online cer­tifi­cates: NACLAA Lev­el I (pri­mar­i­ly designed for entry to medi­um-lev­el munic­i­pal admin­is­tra­tors) and NACLAA Lev­el II.

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.


I like how you have some flex­i­bil­i­ty with your learn­ing pace while also keep­ing to an estab­lished timeline.

Local Authority Administration (NACLAA II) Certificate student

This is the best pro­gram for pro­fes­sion­als work­ing in munic­i­pal government.

Local Authority Administration (NACLAA II) Certificate student

The instruc­tors were very pro­fes­sion­al, knowl­edge­able, and sup­port­ive. I learned a lot from their com­ments and crit­i­cisms. Inter­act­ing with stu­dents from oth­er provinces all over Cana­da was also great.

Nation­al Advanced Cer­tifi­cate in Local Author­i­ty Admin­is­tra­tion Lev­el II student

Build on your experience and prior education to enhance your knowledge of the theory and practice of local government administration.

Develop skills in critical areas such as citizen engagement, policy planning, municipal law, and organizational management.

Opportunity for professional development and career advancement.

CLGM designation accreditation opportunity: become a Certified Local Government Manager in Alberta.

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Only interested in taking a course? You can register for a course without applying and enrolling in the program – browse our Local Authority Administration (NACLAA II) courses. If later you decide to apply for the full program, the course you’ve taken will be applied toward your 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.

Suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of NACLAA Lev­el I is required for admis­sion to the NACLAA Lev­el II program.

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. 

The NACLAA Level II program is comprised of four courses, all of them offered online through eClass, the University of Alberta’s eLearning management tool.

Each course is equivalent to 39 hours, for a total of 156 instructional hours. There is no specific order recommended to take the courses: students may choose the ones that best fit their schedule in any term.

Designed for part-time study, NACLAA Level II can generally be completed within one to two years.

A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 is required to obtain the certificate.

Your program requirements

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.

Apply for Your Credential

To qualify for program completion you are required to submit a request to obtain your credential. For a breakdown of details and how to qualify, visit the program completion page.

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.

  • 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.
Bursaries and funding opportunities
Funding source
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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
Skilled Immigrant Micro-Loan 

Whether you intend to work in the same field you trained in outside of Canada, or you wish to apply your transferable skills to a new career, this low-interest loan helps you cover the cost of education and related living expenses.

Up to $15,000 loan

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

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