Local Government

Local Government courses such as the A-Z of Irish Local Government and Legislative Training address key services and the principal pieces of legislation underpinning the services currently being provided by Local Authorities in Ireland.  We also offer a range of programmes for Housing Practitioners' that are part of the Housing Training Network.  These courses are listed below.  You may also wish to view the Housing Training Portal here.  This portal is managed by the Housing Agency in collaboration with service providers of training, education, resources and events for Housing Practitioners.

The 2022 Housing Practitioners' Conference will take place in the Grand Hotel Malahide on Thursday, 26 May and a half day on Friday, 27 May 2022 as an in-person event.  The Conference is being organised as a joint-initiative between the Institute of Public Administration and The Housing Agency.

The Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien TD will open the Conference which will involve a day and a half of subject matter experts discussing best practice and policy on housing as well as a series of workshops.  This year's conference is organised under the umbrella of Housing for All: Supply, Sustainability and Capacity.

Conference Programme is available here. (PDF)

Register HERE to book your place at the Conference.

Please use the registration link above to book your place on this years conference.  Only bookings using this link will be registered.

Commences:
26 & 27 May 2022
Duration:
One and a Half Day Conference

The A – Z of Irish Local Government is designed to give an overview of each of the key services, and the principal pieces of legislation underpinning the services currently being provided by Local Authorities in Ireland. The A - Z of Irish Local Government is ideal for anyone (either from a Local Authority or from an organisation associated with the Local Government sector) who wants to develop a more wide-ranging knowledge of the sector.  This programme is currently available as a series of pre-recorded videos.

Duration:
Online - Pre Recorded Videos

The modular Legislative Training Programme is available for delivery online.  It addresses legislation pertaining to the areas of Housing, Planning, Environment, Water and Roads & Transportation Services in Irish Local Authorities. There are two sessions allocated to each of the five Service areas.  This programme is currently available as a series of pre-recorded videos.

Duration:
Online - Pre Recorded Videos

This Debt Management Programme is for staff working in Debt Management Units within the Local Government Sector.

Debt Management Units have been established in Irish Local Authorities to deal with many areas of debt management including debts associated with commercial rates, housing rents and housing loans. The focus of this new webinar series centres around the management of debts associated with commercial rates.  

Commences:
28 February 2022
Duration:
6 Themed Webinars over 10 Sessions

Scenarios and Roleplay Training for Housing Practitioners is a one day programme for Official Visitors to a person/s in the person/s home. This includes Local Authority Officers, Officials and Inspectors that must have access to the persons home for official reasons.

Commences:
Dates to be confirmed.
Duration:
One Day
Accreditation:
Housing Training Network

Courtroom Skills is a one-day intenstive training course that is ideal for anyone who may be expected to give evidence in court in a professional capacity. Participants will learn about effective courtroom presentation and communication skills. Particular focus is placed on confidence building and assertive communication. Participants will have an opportunity to be examined in chief and cross-examined on a sample-case and receive one to one feedback. 

Commences:
6 May 2022 | 10 June 2022
Duration:
One Day

Preventing mortgage arrears is a significant challenge for Local Authority housing managers and staff for those who have purchased their homes, and received loans to do so from the Local Authority.  This course will look at effective ways of dealing with these problems and at promoting good practice in this area. This course is available for online delivery.

Commences:
16 March 2022
Duration:
One Day Online Course
Accreditation:
Housing Training Network

Preventing arrears is a significant challenge for Local Authority Housing Managers and Staff.  This course will look at effective ways of dealing with these problems and at promoting good practice in the area for Rents Section Staff, Revenue Collectors, Estate Based Staff, Counter Staff and any staff member dealing with tenants in arrears. This course is available for online delivery.

Commences:
15 March 2022
Duration:
One Day Online Course
Accreditation:
Housing Training Network

Planning and Part V for Housing Practitioners is a half-day online training programme for staff of local authorities who are involved in the provision of housing services and planning services.  The course is designed to focus on the practical elements of Part V with the Housing Agency Part V Team.

Commences:
10 March 2022
Duration:
One Day Online Course
Accreditation:
Housing Training Network

Anti-social behaviour has become an all too real issue in recent years with many local authorities and their staff having to learn how to deal effectively with difficult problems arising within their housing stock; this in addition to their daily duties.

Anti-social problems can range from neighbour disputes to drug dealing - highlight the myriad of issues presenting themselves at the local authorities throughout the country.  It is imperative that they are dealt with effectively to prevent difficulties escalating.

Commences:
8 & 9 March 2022
Duration:
One and a Half Day Course
Accreditation:
Housing Training Network

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