National Advanced Certificate in Local Authority Administration - Level II

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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 (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.

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Program at a Glance

Program Structure

4 courses needed to graduate.

Location & Format

Fully online.


1-2 years of part-time study.


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. Individuals interested in professional development and career advancement would also benefit from the NACLAA Level II program.

Program Plan

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 (3.5 or higher earns a certificate with distinction).


4 core courses:
  • Citizen Engagement and Consultation 
  • Municipal Law II 
  • Organizational Design and Management 
  • Policy Planning and Program Evaluation

Qualifications & Admission

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. 

This program is currently open for enrolment—apply now!


  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.
  • This program is eligible for the Canada-Alberta Job Grant.

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. 

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.

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.

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