Board of Examiners
The Board of Examiners recognizes and supports the work of local government
employees. Its principal goal is to improve the professional skills of British
Columbia's local government employees. The Board achieves this goal through two
The Board recognizes the professional standing of local government employees
through granting them certification. The Board awards certificates to
local government employees who have satisfied the educational and
work experience criteria, as set out by the Board Regulations.
The Board is also responsible for issuing scholarship awards to eligible local
government employees who wish to work towards certification or upgrade
their professional skills.
The Board of Examiners is a statutory body established under the
Local Government Act. The three member Board is appointed by Cabinet with
a representative from the:
If you wish to discuss the qualifications for certification or any other
matter pertaining to the Board, you are invited to contact:
Administrator, Board of Examiners
at phone 250 356-0954, toll free through Enquiry BC, or by fax 250 387-6212.
In British Columbia, local government officials may receive certification from
the Board of Examiners. Although certification is often used by councils or
regional boards in the recruitment or advancement of their staff, it is
NOT mandatory for a local
government corporation to employ only persons who hold certification.
Local Government Employees Certification Regulation
(BC Reg. 324/2005) came into effect on December 31, 2005. This regulation has modernized the
certification program and places greater emphasis on making the certificates grounded in a competency basis. Four new certificates have been introduced:
There are four policy documents that accompany the Regulation. These documents are necessary in order to understand all of the
requirements for certification. The documents are:
This section contains information related to the Regulation and will be expanded
as the Board develops further information documents.
What do the certificates represent?
These certificates represent a recognition of an individual's academic
training and work experience in local government administration in
Am I eligible for certification?
To become certified, an employee must meet BOTH the work experience and
academic criteria established by the
Board's Regulation. In-stream applicants are
asked to contact the Administrator for details on in-stream certification requirements.
What are the work experience criteria?
Generally, you need to have a certain number of years of work
experience in a British Columbia municipality, regional district or
improvement district. See the
Regulation for details.
What are the education criteria?
The basic educational qualifications are identified in the Regulation.
In addition to meeting the basic educational qualifications, applicants
must also successfully complete core courses which are mandatory under
the regulations. These courses constitute a British Columbia education
component and are presently offered by Camosun College,
University, Northwest Community College,
College of the Rockies, the
University of Northern British
Columbia and the University of Victoria.
Do I need a copy of the Regulation?
regulation defines the work experience
and education criteria used by the Board when considering applications for certification.
The Board of Examiners administers two scholarship
programs for which it accepts
applications (65 KB):
The Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM)
Commemorative Scholarship Program
This is a provincially funded scholarship program established to
commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Union of British Columbia
Municipalities. This program provides financial assistance to persons
working in local government in the province who:
- are taking courses leading to certification and/or
- wish to upgrade their professional skills through enrolment
in post-secondary courses of study and/or attendance at other
courses relating to local government administration.
The Jeff McKelvey Scholarship Program
In 1986, the UBCM established this program upon the retirement of the late
Jeff McKelvey, who served as Executive Director of the UBCM for fourteen
Any local government employee is eligible to receive an award from this
fund to assist in improving job skills.
The application form is available
here (65 KB).
What is the link between the Local Government Management Association
and the Board of Examiners?
The Local Government
Management Association relates to the Board of Examiners in two main
- by sponsoring education programs which are offered by various
provincial colleges and universities, and which have been approved
by the Board to be part of the education criteria for certification;
- by providing advice and recommendations to the Board.