A certificate in Local Government Authority is the basis of training to be a municipal administrator. Other university degrees, such as Public Administration, Political Science, may be accepted at the discretion of the Rural/Urban Board of Examiners.
- Rural Qualifications
- Urban Qualifications
Certificate in Local Government Authority (LGA)
A Certificate in Local Government Authority is offered via distance education through the University of Regina. It consists of four core courses (12 credit hours).
An advanced LGA certificate is available if six electives are taken in addition to the original core courses. The advanced LGA certificate qualifies for the graduate retention program which entitles the student to tuition rebates over seven years upon completion. Additional information on the graduate retention program as well as online registration for this program can be found on the University of Regina website.
The Municipal Leadership Development Program (MLDP) is a partnership between SUMA, SARM, UMAAS, RMAA and the Saskatchewan Government. Although geared towards elected officials, administrators will also find the program delivers training in many areas in which the administrator works on a daily basis. Administrators will benefit from this innovative program that is designed to strengthen local government leadership. MLDP is structured around six workshops. The workshops target specific issues of importance to northern, rural and urban municipalities.
UMAAS and RMAA also offer workshops. Information regarding these workshops can be found on the UMAAS and RMAA websites.
The SUMA and SARM annual conventions provide opportunities for learning at various seminars and breakout sessions.
New North has a section on its website that identifies training opportunities. The Rural Board of Examiners also provides some training opportunities.
There is also a National Advanced Certificate in Local Authority Administration (NACLAA). The NACLAA is a national education program for local government officials in Canada. More information can be found on their website.