Frequently Asked Questions – CiCLA


How long does the course take?

This depends on you! The course can be completed in nine months, but because it is based on distance learning, you can work at a speed which fits in with your other commitments. The course must be completed within three years of the start date.

When can I start the course?

Whenever you like. You may enrol on the course at any time – whenever suits you best.

What qualification do I need to enrol?

The only qualification you need is to be a member of the Institute of Legacy Management, which costs only £120 a year and which offers you a wide range of services and benefits.

When do I have to undertake the assessments?

Again, this is entirely up to you. There are three assessment periods a year at all three levels (usually in February, June and October) and CiCLA students will be notified of these ahead of time and asked whether they would like to sit an exam.

What backup and support will I get?

We appreciate that when enrolling on a distance learning course, one of the concerns students have is where to go for help. Once you have enrolled on the course, you will be allocated a mentor who will be an experienced Legacy Officer or one of ILM’s Corporate Partners.

Your mentor will be available for the duration of the course and will be able to discuss any issues you may be having, further explain problem areas and generally provide moral support.

Is there a student network so I can contact other students?

Networking between Legacy Officers is to be positively encouraged! Indeed, it was one of the major motivations in setting up ILM in the first place. CiCLA students keep in touch with each other and provide valuable mutual support. Mentors will encourage students to contact each other and discuss topical issues. You will also be able to communicate with your fellow students using the CiCLA discussion forum on the members’ area of the website.

Will I need to buy any text books?

No. The course is designed to be fully self-contained. Should you wish to do further reading, your mentor will be able to suggest books and articles which may be of interest. Although the course itself could never replace a good reference library, it is designed to be a frame of reference for the future. ILM also publishes a series of factsheets which you may find useful. These are available in the members’ area of the website.

Can I see any previous assessment papers?

Because of the need of ILM to maintain a large bank of questions, we do not make available assessment questions.

What coursework will I be expected to do?

None! There are questions at the end of each unit which you can use to test your own knowledge but there is no formal coursework requirement.

Will I need to attend tuition sessions?

No. There is no mandatory attendance required as part of the Certificate in Charity Legacy Administration. We run optional revision classes for levels 2 and 3 and you may find it useful to attend some of the other courses on the ILM training programme.

How much does the course cost?

The course is £950 (VAT is not applicable). This is payable in advance by bank transfer or by cheque. Details of who to pay can be found at the bottom of the CiCLA invoice.

You haven’t answered all my questions!

You can email us at or give us a call on 07983 177114 and we will be happy to help.