Certificate in Local Government Administration (Advanced)

Faculty of Global & Community Studies School of Public Administration


2 year(s)

Program Highlights

Build a career as a leader and change agent in local governments including municipalities, regional districts, First Nations governments, improvement districts and related agencies throughout B.C.

Building on the Local Government Administration Certificate, this multi-disciplinary certificate will help advance your career by improving your understanding of current local government issues, public policy development and corporate administration, while also improving your research, communication and management skills.

Choose among elective courses in local government leadership, human resources and community planning.

All courses in the program can be applied toward the Provincial Board of Examiners certificates.

  • Demonstrate knowledge related to the four local government core areas: administration, services, finance and law.
  • Employ basic research methods and demonstrate critical analysis skills for written reports on local government issues.
  • Prepare and demonstrate competency in delivery of oral presentations.
  • Demonstrate interpersonal skills, including leadership and conflict resolution, to deal with interpersonal and team situations.
  • Integrate public interest and global perspectives into projects, situation analysis and decision making.

Admission Requirements

English language requirements

English is the language of instruction at CapU. All applicants are required to demonstrate competence in the English language prior to admission.

If English is not your first language or you’ve received your education in a language other than English, you must meet our English Language Requirements.

Basic requirements

  • High school graduation or
  • Permission of the program coordinator

Program-specific requirements

  • Current employment in a municipality, regional district, First Nation Government, Improvement District or supporting agency

Program Requirements

Required Courses

Total credits: 21.00

PADM 200Local Government Administration in BC3.00 credits
PADM 201Local Government Services in BC3.00 credits
PADM 202Municipal Finance in BC3.00 credits
PADM 203Municipal Law in BC3.00 credits
PADM 209Fundamentals of Local Government Corporate Administration3.00 credits
PADM 305Problem Solving and Decision Making Skills: Policy Analysis for Local Government Professionals3.00 credits
ENGL or CMNS 100-level or higher3.00 credits


Elective Courses

Total credits: 24.00

Choose 18.00 credits of electives:
Business or Commerce credits (including Accounting, General Management, Marketing, Human Resources Management, International Business, Applied Business Technology)
Humanities credits (including English, Communications, Foreign Languages, History, Linguistics, Philosophy, Technical Writing)
Other Public Administration credits (including Public Management, Local Government Law, Strategic Planning, Project Management, Program Evaluation, Performance Management, Leading and Managing in the Non-Profit Sector, Ethics, Economic Development, Corporate Administration, First Nations - Local Government Relations)
Science/Applied Science credits (including Architecture, Biology, Chemistry, Computing Science, Engineering, Geography, Geology, Landscape Architecture, Math, Physics, Human Kinetics, Kinesiology)
Social Science credits (including Anthropology, Criminology, Economics, Geography, Law, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Women's and Gender Studies, Community Planning)


Total program credits: 45.00


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