Course Details

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.

Click the course name for details of the course, the venue name to be taken to information relating to that specific venue, and ‘Book now’ to access the course booking form.

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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 (and in the calendar above).

Non-members wishing to join the Association (£47.50 plus VAT) may complete and submit the online application form available via this page.

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 use the 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 cancellation charges 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.

If for any reason within the control of the AEA, a course is cancelled a full refund or credit will be made.


Training Courses

Absent Voting

Boundary Reviews

Community Governance Reviews

Elections 2019

Employment and Information Governance – Essentials

Introduction to Electoral Services

Key Considerations for EROs and their Deputies

Key Considerations for Returning Officers and their Deputies

Maintaining the Register

Management Modules

Parish Matters

Referendums

The Verification and Count

2 Day Elections

2 Day Electoral Registration

4 Day Electoral Administration


Absent Voting

This course will cover all types of absent voting and will consider the year-round process, as well as election specific tasks.

11 February 2019 – Coventry

13 February 2019 – York

20 February 2019 – Andover

15 March 2019 – Preston

20 March 2019 – Camden – The Crowndale Centre

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Boundary Reviews

This course will identify the different ways that boundaries may change from parliamentary constituencies down to polling district level. The attendees will be introduced to the legislation and guidance for each type of review. Examples of dealing with boundary anomalies, discussion of local issues and good practice tips all aim to provide a clear understanding of the processes involved.

18 January 2019 – Camden – The Crowndale Centre

28 January 2019 – Coventry

10 June 2019 – York

17 July 2019 – Andover

22 July 2019 – Preston

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Community Governance Reviews

This one-day course will set out the legislative background and official guidance regarding the requirement and powers to undertake reviews.

All the necessary stages of the process will be considered, including: preparation, commencement, consultations, representations, publishing recommendations, electoral arrangements, consequential matters and making Reorganisation of Community Governance Orders.

4 June 2019 – Preston

5 July 2019 – Camden – The Crowndale Centre

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Elections 2019

All main election procedures will be covered in addition to any new or topical arrangements. The course provides guidance across all election elements allowing new staff an overview and provide a refresher for experienced staff to identify efficient and effective organisation and exchange good practise examples.

12 February 2019 – York

18 February 2019 – Camden – The Crowndale Centre

26 February 2019 – Cambourne

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Employment and Information Governance – Essentials

A one-day course that concentrates on the duties and responsibilities when employing staff and handling electoral data and information. The course will consider the impact these duties have on the electoral services team and good practice solutions.

16 October 2018 – Camden – The Crowndale Centre

30 January 2019 – Camden – The Crowndale Centre

28 March 2019 – Camden – The Crowndale Centre

8 July 2019 – Cambourne

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Introduction to Electoral Services

To provide an overview of the work of Electoral Services teams including both elections and electoral registration.

11 December 2018 – Camden – The Crowndale Centre

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Key Considerations for EROs and their Deputies

This course covers key processes to maintain the electoral register: HEF and ITR canvassing, hearings and appeals, prosecutions for non-responders; information governance and data sharing; absent voting applications, encouraging participation, using social media for target audiences and effective communications

24 June 2019 – Coventry

15 July 2019 – York

18 July 2019 – Camden – The Crowndale Centre

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Key Considerations for Returning Officers and their Deputies

The aim of this course is to prepare Returning Officers and Deputy Returning Officers for the responsibilities attached to their roles.

10 January 2019 – York

14 January 2019 – Camden – The Crowndale Centre

17 January 2019 – Preston

12 February 2019 – Andover

12 March 2019 – Camden – The Crowndale Centre

18 March 2019 – Cambourne

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Maintaining the Register

This Course will focus on approaches and processes for effectively maintaining the register throughout the year, including during the canvass and in the run-up to an election.

7 June 2019 – Cambourne

26 June 2019 – Camden – The Crowndale Centre

4 July 2019 – Preston

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Management Modules

Electoral Law Electoral Arrangements Management and Finance
  • Role of the Electoral Administrator
  • Structure of the Law
  • Judicial Structure
  • Human Rights
  • Other agencies involved with electoral administration
  • Advice
  • Election Petitions
  • Electoral Registration
  • Boundaries
  • Polling District Reviews
  • Parishes/Communities
  • Combined Polls
  • Parish Polls
  • Referendums
  • BIDS
  • Voting Systems

 

  • Management of People
  • Management of Information
  • Management of Quality
  • Management of Projects
  • Electoral Finance

 

3 June 2019 – Electoral Law – Camden – The Crowndale Centre

13 June 2019 – Electoral Law – York

17 June 2019 – Electoral Arrangements – Camden The Crowndale Centre

21 June 2019 – Electoral Arrangements – York

25 June 2019 – Management and Finance – York

28 June 2019 – Management and Finance – Camden The Crowndale Centre

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Parish Matters

This one-day course will be wide ranging, covering topics such as parish electoral arrangements, councillors qualifications, the differences between parish council and other elections, parish council casual vacancies, parish meetings and parish polls.

23 October – Camden – The Crowndale Centre

10 January 2019 – Andover

1 July 2019 – York

11 July 2019 – Camden – The Crowndale Centre

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Referendums

This one-day course aims to cover the processes of Neighbourhood Planning (NPR), Council Tax and other local referendums to ensure attendees are aware of the legislative requirements and practical challenges.

3 July 2019 – York

16 July 2019 – Camden – The Crowndale Centre

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The Verification and Count

This course will focus on first-past-the-post elections with single or multi-member vacancies. It does not cover the count at elections run under a different voting system, such as the supplementary vote, which is used at mayoral and PCC elections.

7 March 2019 – Camden – The Crowndale Centre

13 March 2019 – Coventry

25 March 2019 – Preston

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Residential Courses

Residential courses provide an excellent opportunity to network with other administrators and share views, ideas and experiences

2 Day Electoral Registration

This course follows a comprehensive manual which guides delegates through all key aspects of electoral registration.

21 – 22 January 2019 – Nottingham

17 – 18 June 2019 – Milton Keynes

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2 Day Elections

This course follows a comprehensive manual which guides delegates through all key aspects of election management.

23 – 24 January 2019 – Nottingham

19 – 20 June 2019 – Milton Keynes

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4 Day Electoral Administration 

This course follows a comprehensive manual which guides delegates through all key aspects of electoral administration.

21 – 24 January 2019 – Nottingham

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We have previously been asked to look to provide courses that address skills such as communications and people management and as a result have formed a partnership with Breckland Training Services (BTS).  Working with our colleagues at BTS, we have devised three training pathways for AEA members to address these training needs along with the core business of running electoral services.

Development Pathway for New/Inexperienced Electoral Administrators

This programme of courses is designed for those new to electoral services and local government. It aims to provide a good overview that enables delegates to understand the primary elements relating to electoral processes as well as helping them develop key skills for the workplace.

Leadership Development Pathway for Aspiring Electoral Services Managers

We recognise the importance of providing those who become technically competent in the delivery of electoral services the opportunity to take the next step in their career. Given the turnover of Electoral Services staff, it is important that they understand and can interpret the detailed legislation that leads to key decisions being made and how to manage individuals, relationships and teams.

Leadership Development Pathway for Aspiring Local Government Senior Managers

In the current local government landscape, we know many Electoral Services Managers are asked to take on additional responsibilities and we also understand that many have ambitions at working at a senior level. This pathway supports delegates to develop as leaders and understand the wider functions of their Council, its services and the pressures being faced in the sector.

Details on each pathway can be found here and course dates and booking arrangements are on the current page.  If you would like any further information on the new Training Pathways or any of the courses contained in the pathways please email training@aea-elections.co.uk.