Foundation Course in Electoral Administration

The AEA Foundation Course was launched in 2004 with the twin aims of:

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

The course is also suitable for those more experienced staff who need a refresher or to get up to date with the ever-changing legal and administrative background to electoral administration.

It is delivered either through five individual days of study or residentially over four days. The five course modules are:

Module ER1 Electoral Registration Officer; Registration and general issues; and Maintenance of the register.

Module ER2 Annual canvass; Publication of the registers; Supply and sale; Absent voting applications; Proxy voting; Absent voting records and lists; Polling station registers, and Other considerations.

Module EA1 Returning Officer; Election timetables; Nomination of candidates; and Election documents.

Module EA2 Agents; Issue of postal ballot papers; Receipt and opening of postal ballot papers; Polling districts/polling places/polling stations; and Polling station procedures.

Module EA3 Staffing arrangements; The count; and post count procedures.

The current course delivery details are listed below.

Those completing the course receive a certificate of attendance and the latest version of the Foundation Course manual.

In England and Wales, members wishing to undertake the Certificate who are unable to demonstrate three years relevant work experience must have completed or will complete the Foundation Course by the end of the calendar year in which they wish to register.

2020 Course Delivery Details


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Residential Course – Dates and Venues

February 2021 – York or Milton Keynes*

* Discussions are currently taking place with hotels in York and Milton Keynes and confirmation of the venue should be available shortly.

Online Course Sold Out

The course will be delivered over five days starting at 10.00 finishing at 4.00.

Module ER1 – Thursday 3 September

Module ER2 – Friday 4 September

Module EA1 – Monday 7 September

Module EA2 – Wednesday 9 September

Module EA3 – Friday 11 September


Day Study – Dates and Venues – Sold Out

Andover 2020 Coventry 2020 London 2020 Leeds 2020
Module ER1 7 January 14 January 21 January 29 January
Module ER2 18 February 25 February 3 March 10 March
Module EA1 1 September 8 September 17 September 22 September
Module EA2 6 October 13 October 20 October 27 October
Module EA3 20 October 20 October  5 November  3 November