Local Government Administration Certificate Program


This Certificate provides a comprehensive overview of local government administration in Canada, with a focus on British Columbia. The Certificate complements existing degree programs at UNBC and is designed to help students prepare for careers in local government administration, policy, planning and economic development. Some of the courses in the Certificate also meet the requirements for provincial certification programs for local government administrators.

500 Internal Server Error

Internal Server Error

The server encountered an internal error and was unable to complete your request. Either the server is overloaded or there is an error in the application.



Students can take the Certificate as a stand-alone program of study or in conjunction with a degree program. The requirements for admission into a Certificate program are the same as for any general UNBC undergraduate program. University transfer credits can also be applied to the Certificate, as appropriate, to a maximum of 15 credit hours.

Certificate Requirements

Required Courses
ENPL 104-3Introduction to Planning
POLS 100-3Contemporary Political Issues
POLS 316-3Community Government and Politics
POLS 350-3Law and Municipal Government
POLS 351-3Local Services and Public Policy
POLS 360-3Local Government Finance

Elective Courses

Specialization 1: Policy and Administration
COMM 330-3Human Resource Management
POLS 200-3 Canadian Government and Politics
POLS 302-3How Government Works
POLS 320-3 Canadian Politics and Policy
POLS 327-3Leadership and Ethics in Local Government
POLS 332-3 Community Development
POLS 333-3 Politics and Government of BC
POLS 344-3Society, Policy and Administration of Natural Resources
POLS 353-3Project Management in Local Government
POLS 380-3Law and Indigenous Peoples
POLS 415-3Comparative Northern Development
Specialization 2: Planning and Economic Development
COMM 302-3Entrepreneurship
ENPL 204-3Principles and Practices of Planning
ENPL 208-3First Nations Community and Environmental Planning
ENPL 301-3Sustainable Communities: Structure and Sociology
ENPL 313-3Rural Community Economic Development
ENPL 318-3Professional Planning Practice
GEOG 202-3Resources, Economies, and Sustainability
GEOG 424-3Northern Communities
POLS 332-3 Community Development
POLS 415-3Comparative Northern Development

Public Administration and Community Development Major

See Calendar entry under Geography

Updated: March 5, 2020