The Latvian School of Public administration (LSPA) was established in 1993 as a public administration institution under direct supervision of the State Chancellery. The LSPA provides a high-quality training and consultation service to meet the current and future needs of public administration and municipalities. The training and services developed by the LSPA help further to ensure high quality of public service in Latvia.
The LSPA is the largest training centre for civil servants and public administration employees in Latvia. The LSPA develops open and tailor-made training for both the public and private sectors, and oversees the certification of internal audit specialists in public service.
Since 2012 the LSPA has launched a business approach to training public administration employees, at the same time maintaining close links with national priorities for human resource development in public administration and meeting the training needs of public servants.
Since 2016 - 2022 the LSPA has undertaken the implementation of two big EU-funded ESF projects “Professional Development of Human Resources in Public Administration for Improving Regulations to Support Small and Medium-sized Enterprises” and “Professional Development of Human Resources in Public Administration for Preventing Corruption and Reducing Shadow Economy.”
The LSPA – a professional training center in the heart of Riga
Situated in the centre of Riga (Raina Boulevard 4), the building of the LSPA was designed in 1880 by the famous Latvian architect Janis Fridrihs Baumanis. There are 16 training rooms in the LSPA building, the largest of which can accommodate up to 100 people, all fully equipped with modern technology, including simultaneous interpreting equipment and modern computer lab available on the first floor. The total premises are over 2,400 m².
LSPA premises can accommodate up to 356 trainees in one day. Wireless internet is provided throughout the building. Coffee and refreshments can be provided in various lobbies throughout the building. During breaks our trainees can also enjoy one of the most beautiful parks in Riga, Bastion hill, located adjacent to the LSPA premises.
Advantages of the LSPA
The LSPA has a history of success, which has resulted in loyalty and recognition. As a result of the long-term cooperation, the LSPA has developed and maintains a database of over 7,000 public administration employees. LSPA trainers are experts in public administration, experienced business leaders and university lecturers. Currently the LSPA employs 17 employees specialized in financial management, justice, communication, project management, training organization and management, among other areas. LSPA employees also benefit from the regular opportunities of further study and qualification.
The training in LSPA has been organized in a module system, linking training topics with the concept of human resources development of public administration sector and training needs of civil servants.
The current objectives for the LSPA are the following: