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 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 course is available for online delivery

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.

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:
7 September 2021
Duration:
6 Themed Webinars over 10 Sessions

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:
19 August 2021 | 18 November 2021
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:
18 August 2021 | 17 November 2021
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:
30 September 2021
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:
22 September 2021 | 24 November 2021
Duration:
One Day Online Course
Accreditation:
Housing Training Network

The Social Housing Fundamentals course is designed for newly appointed (technical and non-technical) staff in Local Authorities (Grades 3-6) and Approved Housing Bodies who provide social housing services.  It will provide participants with an overview of key elements of housing policy, the social housing market and housing services.  It is available as a series of pre-recorded training videos and can also be delivered as bespoke course within an Irish Local Authority.

 

Commences:
Online Course Available for Purchase
Duration:
Online - Pre Recorded Videos
Accreditation:
Housing Training Network

Standards for Rented Houses is a training programme for all staff, both professional/technical and administrative, who have responsibilities related to enforcement of the Housing (Standards for Rented Houses) Regulations 2019. The IPA, working in close collaboration with the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, present this four-day training progamme. 

The programme seeks to bring about a common understanding among Inspectorate Staff, and thereby a standardisation, in interpretation and implementation of the Regulations and Guidelines both within individual local authorities and across the sector generally.

Commences:
6 October 2021
Duration:
Four Days
Accreditation:
Housing Training Network

Understanding Local Government Finance is a specialist-led online one-day course that is designed to provide participants with a basic understanding of how an Irish Local Authority sources their income to fund day to day expenditure and capital expenditure. The course will also provide participants with an appreciation of how the budget process works in a Local Authority and an understanding of the Income and Expenditure Account and Balance Sheet of a Local Authority. Finally, the course will examine the role of internal and external audit in a local government context.

Commences:
17 November 2021
Duration:
One Day Online Course

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