Certification

A Rural "Class C" Certificate represents the basic level of qualification for employment as a rural municipal administrator in Saskatchewan. Application must be made to the Board of Examiners. Successful applicants will possess a certificate in Junior Local government Administration or a Public Administration Diploma, and will have completed one year of satisfactory service (1800 hours) as an assistant or acting administrator in a municipality.

The Board of Examiners requires that the one year term of service as an assistant administrator must have been in a rural municipal office under the direction of a qualified administrator possessing a Rural "Class A" Certificate in Local Government Administration.

A "Class C" certificate remains valid while continuously employed as an administrator, but expires after a period of five years if active municipal employment is not maintained.


The primary criteria for a Class C Certificate, pursuant to Section 6.1(1) the Board of Examiners (Rural) regulations, is as follows:

The board may issue a rural Class C certificate to:

    (a) a trainee or the assistant administrator of a rural municipality where the administrator is the holder of a Rural Class A or Rural Superior A certificate;
    (b) the acting administrator of a rural municipality;
    (c) any person in a municipal position that the board considers equivalent to one mentioned in clause (a) or (b); where that person:
    (d) has received or is qualified to receive:

        (i). a certificate in the Junior Local Government Administration Program from the University of Regina;
              or
        ii).a diploma in the Public Administration Diploma Program from the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology;

    and has served satisfactorily, in the opinion of the board, for the equivalent of at least one year in any of the positions mentioned in clauses (a), (b) and (c) during the three-year period immediately preceding the day on which the person received or became entitled to receive the certificate or diploma, or during any period determined by the board following that day;
    (e) holds educational qualifications and has fulfilled service requirements acceptable to the board.
    Pursuant to Section 6.1(5) of the said regulations, notwithstanding any other provision of these regulations:
         
            i. is the holder of a valid and subsisting Class C certificate issued by the board of examiners appointed pursuant to The Department of Urban Affairs Act and ii. was issued the certificate mentioned in clause (a) as result of holding the position of trainee with an urban or rural municipality the administrator of which possessed a (rural) Class A certificate or (rural) Superior A certificate;shall issue a Rural Class C certificate to the applicant;
        (a) where the board is satisfied that it would be unreasonable to expect a person to meet the requirements of these regulations, the board may issue a Class C certificate to that person on any terms and conditions that the board may determine;

        (b) the board, on receipt of an application from a person who:
        Should an applicant fail to qualify under the above regulations, and in order to satisfy the Federal Provincial Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT), specifically Article 707 (Licensing, Certification and Registration of Workers) and Article 708 (Recognition of Occupational Qualifications and Reconciliation of Occupational Standards), the Board has established the following secondary criteria for a Rural Class C Certificate: Educational Requirements
        Pursuant to Section 6.1 (e) and 6.5 (a) ) of the Board of Examiners (Rural) regulations, the following shall be recognized by the Board of Examiners (Rural) as acceptable educational requirements:
            A degree in Commerce, Administration, Business Administration, Public Administration or equivalent from a university acceptable to the Board
            A certificate or diploma in Administration, Business Administration or Public Administration from a university, college or technical institute acceptable to the Board
            A professional accounting designation which is recognized under Provincial legislation
            A professional designation from the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Canada
            Other similar degrees, certificates, diplomas or designations approved by the Board

        Practicum/Training Service Requirements:
        Pursuant to Section 6.1 (c) and 6.5 (a) ) of the Board of Examiners (Rural) regulations, the following shall be recognized by the Board of Examiners (Rural) as acceptable service requirements:
            One year or 1800 hours of office experience as the chief administrative officer of a municipality or local government in Canada with annual operating expenditures in excess of $200,000.00 over a three year average;
            Providing the application is accompanied by:
            A statement from the applicant municipality or local government's auditor attesting that the applicant has satisfactorily performed the duties required of the chief administrative officer;

        -OR-

            One year or 1800 hours on-the-job training in a municipal or local government office in Canada, with annual operating expenditures in excess of $200,000.00 over a three year average; where the training officer holds an advance certificate in local government administration, or equivalent as deemed acceptable to the Board;
            Providing the application is accompanied by:
            A statement from the applicant's training officer attesting that the applicant possesses a competent level and knowledge of the items specified in the current Board of Examiners (Rural) "C" Certificate Verification Form.

        Copies of the Rural "C" Certificate Verification Form, or any other RMAA related document, are available by contacting: