Continuing & Professional Education

Local Authority Administration (NACLAA I)

Earn an Advanced Certificate

Courses for everyone 17

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

These part-time study courses are designed to enhance current practitioners’ skillsets
Program enrolment is optional – register in a course without applying for admission

Students will learn to compare and contrast the features of the local government systems across Canada, examine internal governing structures along with some of the key responsibilities of local government, and assess future challenges and prospects. Local governments will be placed within Canada's federal system and will trace the foundations of the systems and their evolution through various reforms and restructuring.

September 13
already started
Online learning, asynchronous. With David Gunn

This course provides a basic understanding of public and local government finance. The course discusses the changing role and size of government, the budget process, issues relating to alternative service delivery, sources of revenue for local governments, fiscal relations among governments in Canada, and strategic financial thinking.

January 10
starts in 2 months
Online learning, asynchronous.

Provides an introduction to the provincial and federal laws that affect municipalities. Topics addressed include the election and operation of council; drafting, enacting and enforcing bylaws; reasons for bylaw validity, municipal contracts and tendering, and municipal liability.

September 13
already started
Online learning, asynchronous. With Robyn Singleton

Provides an introduction to the profession of public administration with the emphasis on the local level. The relationships among principal actors involved in local governance will be examined, and students will explore the self-knowledge required for administrative practice in local administration.

January 10
starts in 2 months
Online learning, asynchronous. With Robert Roach

Examines theories of individual behaviour and leadership within local government organizations. In particular, the focus will be on management in the public sector, theories of leadership, council/staff roles and relationships, the structures and culture of local government organizations, notions of motivation in the public sector, the empowerment of staff, and organizational change.

January 10
starts in 2 months
Online learning, asynchronous.

Provides an introduction to the history, theories, and key concepts relevant for the appropriate administration of access and privacy legislation. Access and privacy concepts and principles are examined using federal, provincial, and municipal legislation. All course materials and readings will be made available online via eClass.

September 13
already started
Online learning, asynchronous. With James Franks

January 10
starts in 2 months
Online learning, asynchronous. With James Franks

Introduces the financial, organizational, and political implications of public financial management practices. One of the major focuses is the budget process and understanding the elements of a budget in a public sector context. Other topics examined include costs of service delivery, elements of alternative service delivery, and how to monitor service delivery performance. Some techniques used for long-term decision-making are also introduced.

Not currently scheduled – new schedules announced each June and November.

Explores challenges facing local governments in attracting, developing, and retaining the personnel needed to serve citizens. The focus is primarily on human resource functions, personnel relationships, and provides practical insight into how to be an "employer of choice."

Not currently scheduled – new schedules announced each June and November.

Provides basic knowledge of local government accounting practices, budget preparation, and importance of records for accounting, control and auditing of public records. The difference between local government accounting practices and general accounting are also examined.

September 13
already started
Online learning, asynchronous. With Chris Pan

Provides local government administrators with an understanding of the processes of assessment and property taxation. Students will also examine other topics such as the role and characteristics of the property tax, elements of assessment techniques, tax rate setting, property tax relief and reform, and the economic effects of property taxes.

January 10
starts in 2 months
Online learning, asynchronous. With Ronald Cust

Provides a brief introduction to land use planning theory, law, and processes. Environmental, economic and social dimensions of sustainability will be discussed using an integrated framework of various forms of community capital. Students will also examine governance and decision-making through the perspective of sustainability.

January 10
starts in 2 months
Online learning, asynchronous.

Knowing how to initiate, lead, and manage successful change initiatives is valuable for leaders at all levels. Topics may include: change theories and models; change management strategies; initiating and implementing change; and organizational and individual learning associated with change experiences.

November 1
starts in 6 days
Online learning, synchronous. With Nolan Crouse

January 14
starts in 2 months
Online learning, synchronous. With Nolan Crouse

April 7
starts in 5 months
Online learning, asynchronous. With Nolan Crouse
Leading an organization towards a goal or an intended outcome requires a plan - and a plan to implement that plan. Topics may include: direction setting, goal setting; decision-making; problem-solving; moving from strategy to action; and project planning and delivery.
October 14
already started
Online learning, synchronous. With Sharon Cameron

February 3
starts in 3 months
Online learning, asynchronous. With Sharon Cameron

April 25
starts in 5 months
Online learning, synchronous. With Sharon Cameron, Sharon Cameron
The responsibility of leading a team provides a leader with the opportunity to coach and mentor individual team members, as well as the team as whole. Building upon a leader or manager's performance management skills, topics may include: coaching conversations; coaching for high performance teams; and workplace mentoring and mentorship strategies and techniques.
November 19
starts in 24 days
Online learning, synchronous. With Tanya Dubincoff

March 11
starts in 4 months
Online learning, synchronous. With Tanya Dubincoff

May 11
starts in 6 months
Online learning, synchronous. With Tanya Dubincoff
Critical to the success of an organization is its ability to manage the interests of multiple stakeholders. Topics may include: theories and practices of stakeholder identification; stakeholder analysis; stakeholder engagement; and specific leadership strategies that help an organization reach its goals.
October 14
already started
Online learning, asynchronous. With Frank Saccucci

March 14
starts in 4 months
Online learning, synchronous. With Frank Saccucci
Learn about strategic approaches to social media use and understand its role and importance during this current health crisis and in everyday workings of local authority. Be introduced to social media best practices for how to engage with communities, minimize risk, help citizens to feel more connected to municipal leaders, combat social isolation, and encourage citizens to invest in their communities. Other topics include the negative effects of social media misuse or overuse, municipal decisions appropriate to share, and responsibility for social media accounts at the municipality level.
Not currently scheduled – new schedules announced each June and November.
Learn about the importance of ethics and other essential competencies of responsible public administrators in maintaining the public good. Explore how the challenges of current crises such as COVID-19 pandemic, social inequality, social action against racial inequality, place additional pressures and public scrutiny on the public sector and employees at all levels of government. Discuss other topics such as the models and philosophies for public administration roles and duties, processes for decision making, wihistlebloweing, and conflict of interest.
Not currently scheduled – new schedules announced each June and November.

  • 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
Eligibility
Amount
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.

$250+
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
N/A
Alumni Professional Development Grant 

Any alumnus of the University of Alberta

75% of course fee
monthly deadline
HRDF 

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
August
Chairman’s Scholarship 

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

$800 annually
August
50th Anniversary Scholarship 

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

$800 annually
August
                                                                                                                                               

The broad scope of the infor­ma­tion pro­vid­ed helps you under­stand most aspects of local gov­ern­ment operations.

Nation­al Advanced Cer­tifi­cate in Local Author­i­ty Admin­is­tra­tion Lev­el I student

It’s great when you start putting the the­o­ry into prac­tice at work. The knowl­edge you gain allows for bet­ter bud­get rec­om­men­da­tions and decisions.

Local Authority Administration (NACLAA I) Advanced Certificate student

The instruc­tors are excel­lent. This is a great pro­gram for munic­i­pal gov­ern­ment leaders.

Local Authority Administration (NACLAA I) Advanced Certificate student

NACLAA is a well-round­ed pro­gram that shows you the rela­tion­ship between all lev­els of gov­ern­ment and how they col­lab­o­rate to devel­op a community.

Local Authority Administration (NACLAA I) Advanced Certificate student

I real­ly liked how eClass is easy to nav­i­gate and to use.

Nation­al Advanced Cer­tifi­cate in Local Author­i­ty Admin­is­tra­tion Lev­el I student

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