Councillor & Clerk 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.

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 to be held at a venue of your choice.

How to book, cancellations and the small print:

Bookings can be made by officers of the council, by sending an email to: - An email confirming the booking will be sent to you.

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.

Each course will offer a limited number of places, booked on a first come, first served basis. Please ensure you have received an email confirmation of your booking before attending a course. For courses with limited places those who have not pre-booked might not be admitted.

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.

We understand that sometimes misfortune can strike, which means you can't make your booking. We are happy for you to transfer your place to another person and, provided we are given adequate notice, we will do all we can to assist. In instances of illness or other catastrophe we can agree to credit your account with the fee paid, which is to be used on training within the same financial year.

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 we will reimburse the fee paid. You can download a full copy of the SALC Training Terms and Conditions 19 here.

Help us improve:

Once you have attended your chosen training course we would be grateful if you would complete the Training Evaluation Form. We are grateful for all the feedback we receive and use the information to improve our programme and service.

CilCA 2015:

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 neighbourhood councils.  CiLCA is administered by the Society of Local Council Clerks. SALC will run training events for this throughout the year.

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:

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.


Councillor Essentials Training:

Every Spring / Summer we take the Councillor Essentials Training out on the road and visit Towns and Village halls across Somerset. Do keep an eye on this page for dates near you.

Training Events (please click the links for further detail):