Certificate in Local Government Administration (Advanced)

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.


CampusTermsFull/Part Time
Off CampusSpringPart-time
Off CampusSummerPart-time
Off CampusFallPart-time

Tuition and Fees Per Year

Domestic Students
Year Tuition Fees Total
Year 1$8712 $1638 $10350
Year 2$2073 $946 $3019
Year 3$0 $0 $0
Year 4$0 $0 $0
Year 5$0 $0 $0
Total$10786 $2584 $13369

Note: Fees are subject to change. Some programs have fees for supplies and equipment that aren’t included in the estimate. To get an idea of what you’ll pay to study at CapU, try out our Tuition & Fees Estimator.

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

Important Dates

Application Dates

Oct 6, 2020 - Nov 2, 2021

Course Registration & Waitlisting Starts

Jul 5, 2021

Fee Payment Deadline

Aug 23, 2021 4:00 PM

Application Dates

Feb 2, 2021 - Apr 29, 2022

Course Registration & Waitlisting Starts

Nov 15, 2021

Fee Payment Deadline

Dec 20, 2021 4:00 PM

Application Dates

Jun 1, 2021 - Jul 5, 2022

Course Registration & Waitlisting Starts

Mar 7, 2022

Fee Payment Deadline

May 2, 2022 4:00 PM

Application Dates

Oct 5, 2021 - Dec 6, 2022

Course Registration & Waitlisting Starts

Jul 4, 2022

Fee Payment Deadline

Aug 22, 2022 4:00 PM

Note: Dates are subject to change.

How to apply

  1. Check the admissions requirements.
  2. Check the application and document deadlines for your program.
  3. Complete and submit your application through EducationPlannerBC.
    1. Upload all your required/supporting official documents.
    2. Pay your application fee.
  4. Admissions will review your application and contact you.

Admission Requirements

Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 Course Offerings

For the official publication of programs, course descriptions and admission requirements please view the Capilano University Calendar.

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