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Local Government Program

Dalhousie University, through the College of Continuing Education, has been serving the professional development needs of local government administrators in Canada for more than fifty years. Our approach has been to work closely with key stakeholder groups, including professional associations, provincial departments responsible for municipal affairs as well as individual learners. This collaborative approach has placed Dalhousie University as one of the leading providers of local government training in Canada.

The curriculum is the product of an extensive process that brought together a dedicated team of professionals. This team included senior practitioners, subject matter experts, professional editors and adult educators collaborating to produce the most relevant learning experience for local government administrators in Canada. Accordingly, the certificate offerings are both academically sound and practically relevant and reflect the real and emerging needs of local government in Canada.

Certificate programs

Note: Successful completion of one of the five entry level certificates (CLGA, CLGFA, CLGHRA, CLGALE, CLGCEC, CLGCED) is a prerequisite for admission into the NACLAA program.

For Alberta Students

National Advanced Certificate in Local Authority Administration (NACLAA) Level I and NACLAA Level II


Innovative delivery

All certificate courses are delivered entirely online. There are three terms: fall, winter and spring. Each course runs between ten and thirteen weeks depending on the term. Everything that students need is contained in the online environment including such things as course readings, articles, web links, course schedule and program regulations. Everything students have to do is also contained in the online environment including communications with instructors and fellow students, discussion forums and all assignments. The only exception is that course texts and/or course packs, where applicable, are purchased separately.

The online environment encourages debate and discussion with other students and is not bound by time differences and geography. It also helps to develop and foster a learning community. Gone is the expense, time commitment and inconvenience of commutes to central physical classrooms. Instructors are selected for their excellence and commitment and not by their proximity to the university. In online education, geography and jurisdiction are transformed from impediments to enhancements. Students consistently rate the online learning experience very highly which likely accounts for the high levels of success enjoyed by the vast majority of students.