Labor Relations Academy


With their highly interactive approach, excellent content, and outstanding trainers, CALPELRA’s Labor Relations Academy programs have become the standard for public employer labor relations training. Whether you want a systematic approach to core concepts or want to deepen one area of your labor relations skills, CALPELRA's Labor Relations Academy programs will provide you with valuable training.

Core Academy Programs

Take one or all of the core Academy programs, in any order. Take all three of the core Academy programs to earn your CALPELRA Labor Relations Academy Master certification (CLRM). Learn more about the the certification program here.

Special Subject Academy Programs

For an in-depth look at other challenging aspects of labor relations, consider one of these special subject Labor Relations Academy programs:

 View the full Academy schedule here.


All the Labor Relations Academy trainers are individuals with years of substantial experience in California labor relations and employment law. Academy participants have awarded them the highest ratings and accolades. Please see each Academy progam's page for more information about specific trainers.

Ensure You Are Enrolled

To keep the training interactive and valuable, participation at each Academy program is limited. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, based on date payment is received by CALPELRA. Please confirm your registration before making travel commitments. Complete a separate registration form for each attendee. No registrations will be accepted via fax, e-mail, or telephone.

Registration Fees / Cancellations / Refund Policy / Restrictions

Please see each Academy program's page for fees and registration details. CALPELRA will not refund Labor Relations Academy registration fees for cancellations. Registration fees paid may be applied to another CALPELRA event or activity within one year of cancelled activity; all requests for transfer of registration fees must be made in writing. If you cancel your registration after the cutoff date for an Academy program, you will forfeit your registration fees, and you may not apply them to a later Academy. Please see the Academy program schedule for cancellation cutoff dates. 

Please note: Individuals employed by a union, a union-side law firm, or a union-side consulting firm that, in labor relations matters, exclusively represents unions and employees, may not register for CALPELRA's Labor Relations Academy programs.

Attendance Requirements

To earn a certificate, full attendance is required at Academy programs. Physical Academy programs differ from our Conference workshops and programs where attendees may arrive and depart at will. No one will be admitted 20 minutes after the start of the Academy program. Unavoidable absence during part or all of any program of an Academy day will be recorded. The absentee will be required to make up the specific program segment prior to receiving a certificate for that Academy program.

Training Certification And Credits

  • CALPELRA certification.

  • MCLE credit for California attorneys.

  • SHRM certification for selected Academy programs.
    (Note: CALPELRA (California Public Employers Labor Relations Association) is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP.)

  • HRCI certification for selected Academy programs.
    (Note: CALPELRA is an approved HRCI provider. CALPELRA's programs have met HRCI's criteria to be preapproved for recertification credit; CALPELRA's use of HRCI's name/seal does not constitute HRCI's endorsement of the quality of the program.)

  • Academy programs may qualify to be used toward IPMA-HR recertification.

For more Labor Relations Academy information, please contact CALPELRA's Executive Office at 925-400-6320, or by e-mail at

We look forward to seeing you at the next Academy program.