National Advanced Certificate in Local Authority Administration - Level I

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Overview

The University of Alberta’s National Advanced Certificate in Local Authority Administration (NACLAA) 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.


Series at a Glance

Program structure

Minimum of 8 courses to graduate.

Location & Format

Fully online; F2F classes also available.

Duration

2-3 years of part-time study.

Audience

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.

Program Plan


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).

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

  • Core courses (5)
    Local Government
    Local Government Finance
    Municipal Law I
    Public Administration Professionalism
    Organizational Behaviour and Leadership

  • Elective courses (117 hours)

    Complete 117 instructional hours of electives. 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 during the program, provided that the appropriate prerequisites have been met.

Transferability

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.

Qualifications & Admission

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.

This program is currently open for enrolment—apply now!

TWO EASY STEPS TO APPLY

  1. Click on the ‘Apply now’ button below to download the Application for Program Admission form.
  2. Submit your completed application, along with a $100 admission fee.

Tuition & Fees

  • A one-time 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.
  • Textbooks are not included in course fees; books can be purchased or ordered from the University of Alberta Bookstore.

Courses Offered

You can register for a course without enrolling in the program. If later you decide to apply for the full program, the course(s) you’ve taken will be applied toward your certificate. 

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. 

Access to online courses is provided through eClass, the University of Alberta’s eLearning management tool used to deliver course content and connect students and instructors. Face-to-face electives are held at Enterprise Square, downtown Edmonton, Alberta.

Register online or by phone at 780-492-3116 (toll-free 1-800-808-4784). You may also register by mail, fax, or in person.

Core courses (online)

    Elective courses (online)

      Elective courses (in-class)

      The NACLAA Level I students who are planning to register for in class leadership elective courses should contact the Society of Local Government Managers (SLGM) to ensure that these electives meet the requirements for the Certified Local Government Manager (CLGM) professional designation.


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