6 Courses Required 216.00 Hours Required
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The Certificate in Local Government Administration is an introductory program intended to help students develop basic skill and knowledge competencies. 

How Will You Benefit?

Completion of the program will enable students to better serve the needs of their municipal council, manage service delivery more efficiently, improve their opportunities for advancement and generally conduct themselves with a high degree of professionalism.

Certificate Requirements

The certificate consists of six (6) courses over 216 hours:

  • OLCD-LGOV0014 Local Government
  • OLCD-LGOV0015 Municipal Law I
  • OLCD-PALS0016 Finance Essentials for Public Sector Leaders (formerly OLCD-LGOV0022 Local Government Finance)
  • OLCD-PALS0013 Ethics in Action (formerly OLCD-LGOV0024 Public Administration Professionalism)
  • OLCD-PALS0012 Leadership Dynamics (formerly OLCD-LGOV0017 Organizational Behavior and Leadership)
  • OLCD-LGOV0023 Property Taxation and Assessment

The courses can be completed in any order.

Fees and Schedule

See each course for the applicable tuition fee. Courses start in September, January and April. Each course is offered at least once a year. All courses are 12 weeks long and require a minimum of 36 hours of learning engagement.

Do you have prior learning or experience relevant to this certificate?

It may be possible to receive advanced standing in this certificate based on your prior learning from work or life experience. We provide two types of recognition of prior learning:

  • Prior Certified Learning: Assessment of prior coursework or training through a provider, that is neither a university or college, for the purpose of advanced standing. Examples of certified learning may include military courses, accredited certificates, workplace training programs, etc.
  • Prior Experiential Learning: Assessment of previous work and life learning that may be equivalent to learning outcomes of university courses / programs, for the purpose of advanced standing. Relevant prior learning may come from work or volunteer experience, participation on committees or boards, independent study, etc.

To discuss how to use your prior learning to apply for advanced standing, please contact rpl@dal.ca.

Additional Details


Minimum Required

108 Hour(s)

Minimum Required

108 Hour(s)

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