Local Government Administration Certificate

Global & Community Studies, School of Public Administration


Program Highlights

Learn about local government administration and gain hands-on skills – for people working for a municipality, regional district, First Nation government, improvement district or supporting agency.

As a student of the Local Government Administration Certificate you’ll gain a broader understanding of local government in BC, develop new skills you can apply right away and learn from local government leaders and colleagues. The only program of its kind in BC, the four core courses and one elective are all offered as in-person, interactive seminars. Once you graduate, you'll be a more knowledgeable and effective staff member, manager, leader and change agent within your organization.

  • Demonstrate knowledge related to four the 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


Campus Terms Full/Part Time
Off Campus Fall Part-Time
Off Campus Spring Part-Time
Off Campus Summer Part-Time

Program Requirements and Outlines

Required Courses

PADM 200 Local Government Admin in BC 3.00 credits
PADM 201 Local Government Serv. in BC 3.00 credits
PADM 202 Municipal Finance in BC 3.00 credits
PADM 203 Municipal Law in BC 3.00 credits
Choose 3.00 credits from the following list:

Post Secondary Elective

PADM 204 Ldrship In Local Gov Organiz. 3.00 credits
PADM 205 Adv.Comm.Skils-Local Gov't 3.00 credits
PADM 207 Managing People in Local Gov't 3.00 credits
PADM 208 Planning for Non-Planners 3.00 credits
PADM 209 Fund Local Gov't Corporate Adm 3.00 credits
PADM 305 LG Policy Analysis Skills 3.00 credits
PADM 306 Project Mgmt for Local Gov'ts 3.00 credits
PADM 307 Ethics for Local Gov'ts 3.00 credits
Required Courses Credits Required 15.00

Important Dates


Fall 2018

Application & Document Deadline

October 2

Course Registration & Waitlisting

July 9-20

Fee Payment Deadline

August 27

NOTE: Dates are subject to change.

Admission Requirements

  • BC Secondary School graduation (Grade 12) or equivalent; or Mature Student status; or permission of the program coordinator
  • Capilano English Language Requirement for students whose primary language is not English: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): paper=560, internet=83, or English Language Assessment (ELA)=145, or International English Language Testing System (Academic IELTS)=6.5 overall, and no one score less than 6, or Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL)=70, or Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic)=56 or Capilano University EAP 100 and 101 with a minimum B+ grade in each course.
  • Current employment in a municipality, regional district, First Nation Government, Improvement District or supporting agency.


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Student Information Services

Admissions Advisor
604 984 4900
604 984 1798 (fax)
Birch Building, room BR230

School of Public Administration

604 990 7976
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