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. It is delivered in a flexible manner, so students can take it no matter where they live or work.

Certificate in Local Government Studies

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Key Facts

Delivery Method

For the academic year 2021-2022, the programme is delivered through a blended learning model. Via the IPA’s online learning portal, students will access comprehensive course material and attend scheduled live webinars.  Students will be able to virtually meet their fellow classmates on forums and exchange experiences and views.

Accessing and using the online content will be a straightforward affair; students will not anything beyond standard ICT skills. The IPA will provide comprehensive guidance and support.

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

NUI

Place on NFQ

Level 6 (Special Purpose award) what is this?

Commences

October 2021

Application Deadline

July 2021

Fees

€820 (includes all matriculation and examination fees), payable in one or two instalments. 

Note: Fees may increase slightly from year to year. Where this occurs, students will be charged the increased fee.

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. It is delivered in a flexible manner, so students can take it no matter where they live or work.

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 
  • Rationale, Purpose, Governance and Development of Irish Local Government
  • Local Government Reform
  • Local Government Finance
Module Two 
  • HRM
  • Role of the CEO
  • Role of the Elected Members
  • Planning and Development
Module Three 
  • Housing and Building
  • Roads and Transportation
  • Water Services
Module Four 
  • Environmental Services
  • Library, Arts and Amenities 
  • Economic and Local Development
Assessment

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

Prospectus

Programme Delivery and Application Form

For the academic year 2021-2022, programmes will generally be delivered through a blended learning model. Students will access a range of online resources, study textbooks, and attend interactive webinars in all modules.  For multi-year programmes, any seminar arrangements will be made in line with public health restrictions. Further details will be provided on registration.

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