Local Government

The Certificate in Local Government Studies provides participants with a grounding in the principal areas of legislation and practice in local government and with the core knowledge and understanding to enable them to work effectively within their role and operational area. 

Certificate in Local Government Studies

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Key Facts

Delivery Method

Distance learning supported by attendance at weekday tutorials at the IPA in Dublin and regionally where demand warrants this. Regional locations are not available until after the closing date for applications.

Entry Requirements

Applicants require a Leaving Certificate with a minimum grade C in two higher level papers and grade D in four other subjects. The papers passed must include Irish, English and a third language.

OR

Mature students (students over 21 on January 1 of the calendar year of entry) may enter a programme without the above qualifications. 

Duration

One academic year

Accreditation

UCD

Place on NFQ

Level 6 (Special Purpose award) what is this?

Commences

September 2017

Application Deadline

July 2017

Fees

€730 (includes all matriculation and examination fees), payable in one or two instalments. 

Progression

Many of our graduates have successfully continued their studies with the Diploma in Local Government Studies. On completion of that programme, they can, after a bridging course, enter stage three of the IPA’s Bachelor of Arts (Hons) (Local Government).

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The Programme

The Certificate in Local Government Studies provides participants with a grounding in the principal areas of legislation and practice in local government and with the core knowledge and understanding to enable them to work effectively within their role and operational area. 

Is This Programme for you?

This Certificate is ideally suited to: 

  • Staff of all disciplines (technical, administrative, indoor and outdoor) working in the local government system. 
  • Those working for some time in local government who feel they need to broaden their understanding of an ever changing and dynamic local government system. 
  • Those working in agencies that have links with Irish local government.
Subjects

The Certificate covers the following key Local Government topics:

Module One 
  • History and Development of Irish System
  • Why Local Government? 
  • Programme Group 2: Roads 
  • Programme Group 5: Environmental Protection
Module Two 
  • Programme Group 3: Water Services 
  • Local Government Finance 
  • Reform of Local Government 
  • Programme Group 6: Recreation and Amenity 
  • Programme Group 7: Agriculture, Education, Health and Welfare
  • Programme Group 8: Miscellaneous Services
Module Three 
  • Local Elections and Proportional Representation 
  • Role of Manager 
  • Role of Elected Members 
  • Procedures of Council Meetings 
  • Programme Group 1: Housing
Module Four 
  • Programme Group 4: Planning and Development 
  • Human Resources 
  • Local Government and Social Exclusion
Assessment

Assessment is continuous throughout the programme and consists of four project assignments and examination. 

Seminar Dates

Venues (subject to sufficient numbers)

  • Dublin:  IPA, 57-61 Lansdowne Road, Dublin D04 TC62
  • Ennis:  Offices of Clare County Council, New Road, Ennis
  • Cork:  Rochestown Park Hotel, Rochestown Road, Douglas, Co Cork

Please note that tutorial/examination dates may be subject to change. 

Module Dublin (IPA) Ennis  Cork
Registration Wednesday, 27 September 2017 (11am) Thursday, 28 September 2017 (10am)  Friday, 29 September 2017 (10am)
Tutorial 1 Wednesday, 4 October 2017  Thursday, 5 October 2017  Friday 6 October 2017 
Tutorial 2 Wednesday, 15 November 2017  Thursday 16 November 2017  Friday 17 November 2017 
Tutorial 3 Wednesday, 24 January 2018  Thursday, 25 January 2018  Friday, 26 January 2017 
Tutorial 4 Wednesday, 21 February 2018 Thursday, 22 February 2018  Friday, 23 February 2018 
Exam April 2018 (date to be advised) April 2018 (date to be advised) April 2018 (date to be advised)

 

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