Polling station staff training
Bookings for Polling station staff training have now closed.
Our new online course is your solution to training hundreds of polling station staff ahead of scheduled elections on 6 May 2021 in a cost-effective and Covid-19 secure way.
The calendar below shows all the courses that have been arranged for the next few months – there is a download option so you can get your own PDF copy if you wish. Our aim is to keep it updated on a month-by-month basis so you’ll always be able to see the courses that are available.
Detailed information will be published here as it becomes available; those for which we already have full details are included in the (alphabetical) list below, in each item of which is a link to those details, including flyers and booking forms, which are also available via the calendar.
It is worth mentioning that, as course fees include VAT at 20%, local authority budgets would only bear the nett cost, and central government funded elections and referendums (via the Cabinet Office) include provision to cover costs of “relevant training”.
Booking forms are available via the links underneath the dates and venues.
Non-members wishing to join the Association (£47.50 plus VAT) may complete and submit the online membership application form.
If delegates from the same Authority wish to attend the same course but on different dates/at different venues please indicate clearly on the booking form.
If you have any questions about any of the courses, please complete and submit the online Training Enquiry Form.
Course booking terms and conditions
If you cannot attend, a substitute from your local authority may attend in your place. Otherwise the following charges will apply:
- Less than two weeks before the event 100%.
- Less than four weeks before the event 60%
- More than four weeks before the event £20.
Alternatively, if spaces are available, you can attend a different venue. To change venue, you should give at least 2 weeks’ notice otherwise charges may apply.
If for any reason a course is cancelled a full refund will be made. No payment for delegate costs that may have been incurred would be reimbursed.
Non attendees are liable for full payment of the event. This includes face-to-face and online training.
If attendees have any concerns regarding connectivity they can email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a pre course test.
To outline the steps electoral registration officers (EROs) and returning officers (ROs) are required to take to ensure the smooth running of their absent voting process including the legislative framework and areas of good practice.
This course will cover all types of absent voting and will consider the year-round process, as well as election-specific tasks.
To provide a clear understanding of the various types of boundary reviews, the legislation surrounding them and how to successfully carry them out.
Community Governance Reviews
To explain the legislative requirements and procedures involved in conducting a community governance review (CGR) in England.
To prepare delegates to submit timely and accurate election accounts which meet Electoral Claims Unit requirements.
18 June 2021 – Online – Sold out
23 June 2021 – Online
29 June 2021 – Online – Sold out
To focus on the key points to be considered to ensure the efficient and effective organisation of elections in May 2021.
Employment and Information Governance – Essentials
This course will provide straightforward explanations of the rules relating to essential areas of employment and information governance that affect the work of electoral services teams.
Introduction to Electoral Services
To provide an overview of the work of electoral services teams, including elections and electoral registration.
23 June 2021 – Online
Key Considerations for Returning Officers and their deputies
This course aims to prepare Returning Officers and Deputy Returning Officers for the responsibilities of these roles.
Maintaining the Register
To outline the steps electoral registration officers (EROs) are required to take to make sure they maintain a complete and accurate register, including the legislative framework and areas of good practice.
To outline and reinforce the knowledge required by electoral service managers to deal with these three important topics at an advanced level: electoral law; electoral arrangements; and management and finance.
Electoral Law – 29 June 2021 – Online
Electoral Arrangements – 8 July 2021 – Online
Management and Finance – 15 July 2021 – Online
This comprehensive and practical course will allow attendees to focus on specific legislation, rules and scenarios that apply to parish councils, also called town or community councils in some areas.
Verification and Count
This one-day course provides attendees with an understanding of the legal requirements governing the verification and count, providing examples of good practice to help you run them effectively.
2 – Day Elections
24 – 25 June 2021 – Online
To provide delegates with a comprehensive understanding of managing an election, including the legislative framework and good practice
2 – Day Electoral Registration
21 – 22 June 2021 – Online
To provide delegates with a comprehensive understanding of UK electoral registration, including the legislative framework and areas of good practice.
4 – Day Electoral Administration
21 – 22 June and 24 – 25 June 2021 – Online
To provide delegates with a comprehensive understanding of electoral administration including electoral registration and election management, to include the legislative framework and areas of good practice.
Managing and leading teams from a distance
Without the ability to see people face to face, some managers are struggling to motivate people, engage with them and inspire. Performance management monitoring is also taking a hit in some departments. This 3-hour virtual session gives managers the tools they need to make them just as effective from a distance than when they were in the same room as their teams.
16 June 2021 – Online – Half day course 10.00 – 13.00
Working from home effectively and productively
For some of us, working from home used to be a thing of mystery, intrigue and perceived
luxury. For some job roles, working from home was also seen as impossible! This is no
longer the case, with the vast majority of local government workforces now working from
home because of Covid-19 restrictions. Whatever happens post C-19, working from home
will become a normal practice for people in our sector. This 3-hour virtual workshop
focuses on good practice methods and hints, tips and skills that we have identified across
our sector since working from home became common practice in March 2020.
22 June 2021 – Online – Half day course 09.30 – 12.30