Foundation Course

foundation-jigsaw-blockThe Foundation Course in electoral administration is primarily aimed at new entrants to the profession and also at those staff wishing to go on and undertake the Association’s Qualification. The Course was launched with the twin aims of:

  • providing a sound knowledge base for new entrants in both electoral registration and elections administration
  • preparing members for undertaking the Certificate level of the Association’s Qualification

The Course is delivered in five modules on an annual basis or can now be completed over four days on a residential course, achieved by slightly longer days than run for day study.

Persons completing the five modules or the residential course receive a Certificate of attendance and a copy of the following year’s Foundation Course manual.

It is now a requirement that members wishing to undertake the Certificate have attended or will complete the Foundation Course by the end of the calendar year in which they wish to register or, alternatively, can demonstrate three years’ relevant work experience before being able to register for the Certificate programme.

Details, including dates and a registration form for the 2020 Foundation Course, are available below and our Privacy Notice  – which explains how we will use your data – can be viewed here.


Booking form

Residential Course – Dates and Venues

17 – 20 February 2020 – Double Tree by Hilton York

15 – 18 June 2020 – MK Hotel, Milton Keynes

Day Study – Dates and Venues

Andover 2020 Coventry 2020 Leeds 2020 London 2020
Module ER1 7 January 14 January 29 January 21 January
Module ER2 18 February 25 February 10 March 3 March
Module EA1 12 May 19 May 9 June 2 June
Module EA2 1 September 8 September 22 September 17 September
Module EA3 6 October 13 October 27 October 20 October