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 programs.
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, please e-mail the Administrator at: BoardofExaminers@gov.bc.ca, or send a fax to 250 387-7972.
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.
Four categories of certification are available under the
Local Government Employees Certification Regulation (BC Reg. 324/2005). Certificates may be awarded to individuals in municipalities, including the City of Vancouver, regional districts and improvement districts around British Columbia. The four certificates are::
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 recognize an individual's academic training and work experience in local government administration in British Columbia.
Am I eligible for certification?
To become certified, an employee must meet BOTH the work experience and
academic criteria established by the
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. See Policy 1 – Core Courses Mandatory for Certification for details.
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 (199 KB). Both scholarship programs use the sample application form.
The Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM)
Commemorative Scholarship Program
This provincially funded scholarship program was 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.
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.