LGA30120 Certificate III in Local Government

Nationally Recognised Training
12 to 18 months
Virtual classroom via Zoom

Traineeship and Fee for Service are available. 

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The Certificate III in Local Government course (LGA30120) is aimed at new or existing officers who are working in a Local Government. 

The program covers the skills and knowledge required to perform the wide scope of duties that are required in the Local Government sector. This includes the understanding of the functions, roles and diverse services that a Local Government in Western Australia offers and reflects on legislative obligations and duties for various roles in the workplace. 

This course is an ideal start for people new to Local Government or Officers who wish to advance their career prospects. Prospective students would already be employed in a Local Government in WA. They might be working in customer service, finance, people and culture, parks and gardens, or any other role in a Local Government.

The qualification has been developed according to the requirements of the Local Government Training Package (LGA) and has been approved for delivery by the Training Accreditation Council (TAC).

All learning resources have been specifically developed and contextualised for Local Governments in Western Australia.

Entry Requirements

  • Completion of Year 10 or equivalent 
  • Please talk to our Workplace Trainer for more information about suitability. 

Course Duration

  • The recommended time frame to complete the Certificate III course is 12 months. 

Delivery Method

  • Students will attend weekly, 3.5 hour virtual classroom sessions via Zoom.
  • The course is delivered over 4 study terms of 10 weeks each. Training does not run during the school holidays.

Training Program Outline

The Certificate III in Local Government is nationally recognised within the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) and consists of 12 Units of Competency (UoC), four core and eight elective units. 

WALGA Training offers 2 streams of Elective Units of Competency. 

Please indicate on enrolment which option you would like to choose. You will be issued with a Letter of Offer, which will specify your training and assessment plan including training days and term dates.

  • Option A - Business administration and document processing
  • Option B - Financial transactions and accounting processes

  • LGACOR001 Work in local government 
  • BSBXCM301 Engage in workplace communication 
  • BSBOPS203 Deliver a service to customers

  • PSPLEG005 Comply with legislation in the public sector 
  • BSBINS302 Organise workplace information 
  • BSBINS309 Maintain business records 

Option A - Business administration and document processing
  • BSBTEC301 Design and produce business documents 
  • BSBTEC302 Design and produce spreadsheets 
  • BSBTEC303 Create electronic presentations 
Option B - Financial transactions and accounting processes
  • FNSACM311 Process and manage payments 
  • BSBFIN301 Process financial records 
  • BSBFIN302 Maintain financial records 

  • BSBWHS311 Assist with maintaining workplace safety 
  • BSBSTR301 Contribute to continuous improvement 
  • BSBCMM411 Make presentations

Training Type and Fees


This program is available as a Traineeship with Federal and WA Government incentive payments for the employer.

Due to recent changes to the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program on 1 July 2022, it is recommended to contact your local Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) Provider for the most up-to-date incentive payment information.

For WA Jobs and Skills WA Employer Incentives please visit www.jobsandskills.wa.gov.au. For more information on how to start the registration process, please visit www.australianapprenticeships.gov.au.


The below fees are indicative for 2024* for those who are eligible for the Jobs and Skills WA funding.

The final fee depends on the selection of elective Unit of Competency.

  • Non-Concession Fee*: $1430.00 ($3.25 per nominal hour

  • Concession Fee*: $426.80 ($0.97 per nominal hour)

Note: Nationally Recognised Training is GST free.

*The student tuition fees are indicative only and are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Additional fees may apply such as resource fees and other fees. These must be charged in accordance with the Fees and Charges Policy. 


If you are not eligible for a Traineeship and have been working in Local Government for more than 3 months full-time and would like to gain a formal qualification, you can undertake the Certificate III in Local Government on a fee for service basis.

Existing employees will greatly benefit from this comprehensive industry program as theoretical foundations are transferred to daily work tasks, and how they relate to their Local Government functions.  The program requires participants to attend weekly virtual classroom sessions of 3.5 hours. The learning builds on theoretical foundations including Local Government related Acts and Regulations.

Participants will practice and apply their learning in their daily work and need to allow for 2-3 hours per week for self-directed studies and assessment preparation. 

Participants are supported by individual mentoring by a WALGA Trainer/Assessor in preparation to undertake all assessment tasks for the relevant term of study.  


  • Course Fee: $2950.00 (GST free)
  • RPL Fee: on request

Note: Nationally Recognised Training is GST free.


  • On successful completion of this course and if you have been found to be competent in relation to each of the Units of Competency you will be issued with an AQF Qualification LGA30120 - Certificate III in Local Government. 
  • If you wish to exit the program prior to completion of the course you will be issued a Statement of Attainment for successfully completed UoC.  

How to apply

Contact WALGA Training at training@walga.asn.au or 08 9213 2088 for more information or complete the enrolment form. If you would like to discuss the program further, we recommend that you book an appointment with our Trainer by emailing workplacetrainer@walga.asn.au 

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  • Call us on 08 9213 2098
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Upcoming Course Dates

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Wednesday, 17 July 2024 or Thursday, 18 July 2024 Virtual N/A

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Wednesday, 9 October 2024 or Thursday, 10 October 2024 Virtual N/A

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