Training for New Clerks

Becoming a clerk to your local parish or town council can be a rewarding experience. Initially it can also be quite daunting and difficult to understand.

We will try and ease you into your new role with some helpful training interventions aimed at making sense of some of the acronyms, topics and procedures required.


Dates for New Clerk Induction training are shown below. 

DAPTC also offer free monthly one hour session to help new Clerks (and elected members and prospective councillors) understand how we support members in Dorset. Neil, Debbie and Lisa will be on hand to talk you through the resources available and an overview of the Dorset Association of Parish and Town Councils (DAPTC) and how we link up with National Association of Local Councils (NALC), Dorset Council and Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council (BCP).

Agendas, minutes & report writing  part one on Monday 13 June, part two on Tuesday 28 June both 10am-12noon via Zoom

Finance training for clerks and officers is available from our training partners The Parkinson Partnership, covering Internal Controls; Introduction to VAT for Local Councils; The Role of Internal Audit and Year-End Accounts and Audit. Training is run regularly throughout the year.

Communications and Data Protection (GCPR) training is available from our training partners, Breakthrough Communications. Please do check out the wide range of courses offered every month.

E-learning training provides an opportunity for member councils to ensure their clerks and officers (and councillors) understand key topics. Thirteen topics are available, including:

Freedom of Information Essentials
Health and  Safety Essentials
Time Management Essentials 
Display Screen Equipment (DSE) Workstation Essentials Introduction for Local Councils 

Once the e-learning is booked and the registration details received from DAPTC, the topic can be worked through on any day and time to suit you.

We also offer planning training; see the DAPTC training webpage for other training opportunities.

New Clerk Induction

DAPTC via Zoom on-line

7 Jun 22 - 10:00 to 12:00

Training for New Clerks £35/delegate to include parts 1 and 2

Clerks' Code of Conduct & Digital ROI briefing

Register Direct

21 Jun 22 - 10:00 to 11:00

Clerks and officers in the Dorset Council Area. £10/delegate with New Clerk Induction booking