Course Overview

The Certificate III in Local Government program (LGA30120) is aimed at Junior Officers or existing workers working in an administrative or operational role at a Local Government.

The program covers the skills and knowledge on how to perform a variety of administration duties, working as part of a team, using effective communication techniques and how to offer a quality service to residents or other people from both inside and outside your 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.

Course Intake

Wednesday or Thursday training days are available, with Term 1 commencing Wednesday 31 January and Thursday 1 February.
Course Intake   Start Date
Intake 1   Wednesday, 31 January 2024 or Thursday, 01 February 2024
Intake 2   Wednesday, 17 April 2024 or Thursday, 18 April 2024
Intake 3   Wednesday, 17 July 2024 or Thursday, 18 July 2024
Intake 4   Wednesday, 9 October 2024 or Thursday, 10 October 2024

Click here to download an Enrolment Application Form.

Course Details

Entry Requirement                    
  • Completion of Year 10 or equivalent
  • Employed as an Administration Officer for a Local Government in WA.
Course Duration
  • The recommended time frame to complete the Certificate III course is a duration of 12 months.
  • Learners can opt to extend this duration to 18 months or fast track the course to complete earlier.
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Delivery Location
  • Virtual classroom via ZOOM
Delivery Mode 
  • This course is delivered through a blended delivery mode over four (4) study terms of 10 weeks each.
  • There is no training during School Holidays.
  • The program requires regular weekly training attendance on a Wednesday or Thursday morning during each study term.
  • Trainees will practice and apply their learning in their daily work and need to allow for 2-3 hours per week for self-directed studies.
  • Participants are supported by individual mentoring by their dedicated trainer/assessor in preparation to undertake all assessment tasks for the relevant term of study. 
Units of competency
  • The Certificate III in Local Government is nationally recognised training within the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) and consists of 12 Units of Competency (UoC), four (4) core and eight (8) elective units.

For more info and full details on units of competency download our brochure. 


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. 

Type of Student

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 Provider for the most up-to-date incentive payment information.

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

Fee for Service

If you have been working in Local Government for more than 3 months full-time and would like to gain a formal qualification, you can undertake this study program on a Fee for Service basis. 

Existing employees who have less than 5 years of  Local Government experience will benefit greatly from this Comprehensive Industry Program. The learning builds on theoretical foundations including Local Government-related Acts and Regulations. 

How to apply

The first step is to download and complete the Enrolment Application form
  • Click here to download an Enrolment Application Form.
  • The enrolment process will then be dependent on your situation. For example, if you are eligible for a traineeship and have access to funding under Jobs and Skills WA or if you are an existing worker.


Traineeship - Jobs and Skills WA Funding

The below fees are indicative for 2023* 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* $3.25 per nominal hour  $1430.00
Concession Fee*   $0.97 per nominal hour $426.80
School-based Traineeship**  Fee exempt 

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. 
School based students are exempt from fees. Please refer to the current VET Fees and Charges Policy for further information. 

Note: Nationally Recognised Training is GST free.

Fee for Service

If you are not eligible for the Jobs and Skills WA funding or are currently an existing worker then you will pay a fee for service. 

We offer two streams of Elective Units of Competency in Term 3, depending on your selection the cost is outlined below:

Course Fee $2950.00
RPL Fee on request

Note: Nationally Recognised Training is GST free.

More information?

For further information, please contact the WALGA Training team via training@walga.asn.au or ring us on 08 9213 2098.