All Parish and Town Councillors in England are elected once every four years.  The next local council elections will be held on Thursday 2 May 2019. This course explains the elections process from encouraging public interest to inducting new councillors after the election. 


This course is recommended for all clerks who are new to the elections process and those who would like an update since the 2015 elections.


Course content


  • Understanding the elections process: nominations, who can become a councillor, the elections timetable, the clerk's role and purdah

  • Encouraging your council to be proactive prior to the election to attract prospective councillors

  • After the election, understanding what happens next: the importance of the annual meeting of the parish/town council, knowing the dates when this meeting must be held and essential items for the agenda

  • Ensuring new councillors hit the ground running: tips for your local induction, forms to complete and formal training

  • What you can do if you still have vacancies after the election: understanding the co-option process and by-elections.


When & where

This course last ran on 15 January 2019.  If you'd like to attend this course please get in touch soon and we'll see if there's enough demand to run any further election courses.



(20% discount for NPTS subscribers)


Average satisfaction rating for the 7 election courses held in late 2018 and early 2019 was 99.9%.


Course fee includes refreshments, course pack and a certificate.


Clerks can gain 1 CPD point from attending this course.

Excellent as usual.  Very thorough.

A very worthwhile session which provided a wealth of information on the upcoming election process.

Excellent training session.  I have learnt so much and can leave with more confidence.

Very relaxed and informative.  Well delivered.

Just what we needed at the right time - thanks!

Comments from the late 2018/early 2019 elections course attendees

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Details of our booking process, payment and cancellation policy can be found on the Training page.

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