Training Events

Clerk / Officer / Councillor Training:

SALC is committed to making the primary tier of local government in Somerset more effective, more democratic and better able to take a leadership role in our local communities.  To this end we offer a range of training programmes developed to address the unique needs of the professional clerk. For councillors our training is as equally diverse as the duties and powers of  local councils. We provide courses for new councillors through to the experienced chairman.  Please see the schedule below for details of the next training courses in date order. Click the venue name to open a map of the location. New events are being added to this page all the time, so remember to check back often.

SALC offers a range of regular training events for councillors, these can be divided up into three different categories:
Foundation Training:

These are essential, basic training events that all members of the council should have attended and refreshed their knowledge at regular intervals. We normally offer 4 spaces for the price of 3 to help keep the costs as low as possible to the council.

  • Councillor Essentials
  • Code of Conduct
  • Responding to Planning Applications
  • Local Council Finance Explained
Intermediate Training:

For the more experienced councillor or ones that want to keep learning. As with the foundation events above, the intermediate events are run throughout the year.

  • Successful Chairman
  • The Council as an Employer - 10 Rules for Success
  • GDPR Compliance
Specialist Training:

These are normally one-off events run by external training providers and have included:

  • Risk Assessment
  • Parish Online
  • Climate Emergency
  • Internal / External audit
Bespoke whole council training:

It is the aim of SALC to ensure all members of the council are equipped to perform their roles to the best of their abilities. To this end offer many different events focussing on a range of topics. Should a council require specific, personalised training we are delighted to discuss the provision of a specially tailored programme.

How to book:

Since March 2020 all SALC training events have been held remotely. During 2020, the demand for training events has significantly increased, at the same time it takes more resources to manage the remote training, this has put pursuer on us. We do rely on the officers of councils to send all the information required to make a booking within the body of the email that is sent to us.  The information required is:

  • The full name of the person who is to attend the event.
  • The name of the council making the booking.
  • The title and date of the training event.
  • The direct email address of the person who is attending the training.
Bookings can be made by clerks / officers by sending an email to:

You can download a Training Proforma Invoice Form here, this can be used by the council to raise payment against while your waiting for the invoice. An invoice will be sent within a month of the training event taking place, this should be paid within a month of receiving.

Terms & Conditions (the small print):

  • Each course will offer a limited number of places, booked on a first come, first served basis.
  • Please ensure the council has received an email confirmation of your booking before attempting to attend a course.
  • As places are limited, and in order that we can keep our member's course fees as low as possible, all course fees are non-refundable and are due within a few months of the course date, as specified. No-showers will be charged.
  • In the event that we have to cancel a course we will notify you by email and will re-schedule as soon as is possible. If you are unable to attend the new course date the council will not be charged.
  • Joining codes are sent directly to the attendee, sometimes with as little as 24 hours to go until the event. Please only attempt to contact us if there is less than 24 hours to go and you cannot find a joining code.
  • You can download a full copy of the SALC Training Terms and Conditions here.
Certificate in Local Council Administration (CilCA):

CiLCA is a foundation qualification for local council officers and others working with local councils.  It’s a Certificate in Local Council Administration awarded at Level 3 of the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) where it is worth 20 credits.  The qualification is owned and managed by the Improvement and Development Board (IDB) working on behalf of local councils in England.  Local councils include parish, town, community and neighborhood councils.  CiLCA is administered by the Society of Local Council Clerks.

SALC run CiLCA support training events throughout the year. The price of the support training does not cover the cost of registering for the qualification with the  Society of Local Council Clerks.

Spark Somerset Training Events:

Spark Somerset provide information, advice, training and support to the voluntary and community sector in South Somerset, Mendip and Sedgemoor. See their website for current training events: Spark Website

Parish Online Training:

A free, online user group has been created for users and potential users of the Parish Online software. Parish Online enables parishes to maintain their Asset Register, and add any number of new layers of data, to an interactive digital map of the local parish, and comes with built-in layers showing parish boundaries, areas subject to flooding, aerial survey photographs, and Grade II listed houses, to name just a few. Parish Online is used by more than 1,200 councils in the UK, to produce Neighbourhood Plans, help with Planning Applications, and any number of features of interest to the local community such as Registered Footpaths, Tree Preservation Orders, Road Works. A particularly useful feature is the ability to export any part of the map in web format, for easy addition to the parish website. A free, 90-day trial of the software is available from

The user group, known as PUGS (Parish Online User Group for Somerset), exists to help users with issues, to demonstrate what can be done - and how - and to provide feedback to the software publishers for improvements. PUGS Clinics are held at least monthly, and demonstrations of Parish Online are provided upon request - via Zoom. PUGS is run by Graham Stoddart-Stones, himself a Parish Councillor in Long Sutton. Please contact him at for further information. PUGS - Website

Current Training Events:

Please click on the links below for further details: