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Education Program


The PSAC is proud to offer its members a union education program that ranks among the best and most comprehensive within the Canadian labour movement. Our various courses provide members with learning opportunities to develop knowledge, skills, and personal confidence. Union education encourages participation and promotes mutual respect and understanding between members and the union leadership. A trained membership is an active membership and active members build a strong union.

Here is a list of upcoming courses in BC.

Any PSAC member in good standing can apply for an education course being offered in BC. In order to maximize participation and minimize travel costs, basic education courses are offered within "catchment areas". Currently the catchment areas are: North BC, Southern Interior, East Fraser Valley, Vancouver Island, and Metro. These catchments are defined by combining the geographic regions that are contained in the BC Region by-laws, S.18(2) and (3).

Fill out an application online or download a course application form (pdf) and mail or fax it back to us if you would like to take a PSAC weekend course.

For more information about catchment areas and how they apply to our education program or any other education related matter, contact SeaboyD [at] psac-afpc [dot] com (Deb Seaboyer), Regional Education Officer.

In Residence courses require a more detailed application form which are generally available well in advance of the dates of the course.

Note that all PSAC courses and events are scent free. Weekend courses start at 9AM and end at 4:30PM, unless otherwise noted.

See below for a news and information related to the PSAC Education Program in BC. Visit the national website for more information about the PSAC National Education program.

Apply Online For The Activist School

Jan 8, 2015 •

Please use this form to apply for the Activist School.

RSVP for TB Regional Mobilization Committee Training

Dec 18, 2014 •

Please use this form to RSVP for the Regional Mobilization Training, which will be held February 2nd in Richmond. Note: please fill out this form even if you're coming to the Activist School that is scheduled for the weekend before.

PSAC Publications and Resources

Dec 18, 2014 •

PSAC produces a wide variety of toolkits, booklets and resource guides for activists and Locals. We have collected them here as a resource for members.

If you would like a printed copy of any of these materials, contact your regional office or PSAC Representative.

RSVP for Leadership Training

Dec 15, 2014 •

Please use this form to RSVP for the PSAC Leadership Training, which will be held February 6 & 7th in Vancouver.

Health and Safety / Bill C-4 One Day Course

Nov 3, 2014 •

Are you a Health and Safety rep or member of the Joint Health and Safety Committee in your workplace on behalf of your PSAC local who has already taken a previous Health and Safety CLC Part II course?

Apply Online For The Health & Safety Bill C-4 Update Course

Nov 3, 2014 •

Please use this form to apply for the H&S Bill C4 Update Course in either Victoria or Vancouver. If you do not know your PSAC ID#, call the Vancouver RO @ 604 430-5631 or 1 800 663-1655 and we will look it up for you.

Please note that the fields marked with a * are required - the form will not process your application if left blank.

The New Union Development Program (UDP)

Aug 27, 2014 •

The PSAC’s Union Development Program (UDP) has been one of the most comprehensive union leadership training programs in Canada for more than 35 years. 

Building on our rich history, the New UDP will provide an advanced learning opportunity for emerging leaders to develop the necessary analysis and skills to identify and support union priorities, and to expand our pool of skilled activists who can inspire others.

Are you passionate about standing up for unions and workers’ rights?

National Aboriginal Peoples’ Circle Advanced Course

Jul 31, 2014 •

Are you an Aboriginal, Inuit or Métis PSAC member who would like to learn more about your union?  

If yes, we invite you to apply for the PSAC BC National Aboriginal Peoples’ Circle (NAPC) course.

Apply Online For The PSAC National Aboriginal People's Circle (NAPC) Course

Jul 31, 2014 •

Please use this form to apply for the above course, which will be held at the Radisson Hotel in Richmond BC from 1:30 pm October 25, 2014 (Saturday) to noon October 27, 2014 (Monday).

APPLICATION DEADLINE: September 12, 2014

If you do not know your PSAC ID#, call the Vancouver RO @ 604 430-5631 or 1 800 663-1655 and we will look it up for you.

Peoples Social Forum Bursary Application

Jul 3, 2014 •

Please use this form to apply for one of the bursaries to the Peoples Social Forum.

New Joint Learning Program on Mental Health in the Workplace

Jun 11, 2014 •

The Joint Learning Program (JLP) announces that a new workshop on Mental Health in the Workplace is now available to union members and their managers of the core public administration.

Report: CLC Winter School, Collective Bargaining Level 1

Feb 19, 2014 •

Cheers to Crystal Warner, President of PSAC/CEIU Local 20974 (Immigration and Refugee Board), for this report from the Canadian Labour Congress Winter School.

I was able to attend week three of CLC Winter School this year to learn about the collective bargaining (CB) process. As an overview of the course itself, we students spent three days learning about the CB process, and the last two days applying it. We were blessed with two amazing instructors who were Joey Hartman and Dan Klassen – both union and community activists in BC.

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Upcoming Education program Events

The Activist School

January 30, 2015 - February 1, 2015 • Richmond, Metro

Talking Union Basics

February 7, 2015 - February 8, 2015 • Abbotsford, East Fraser Valley

Health & Safety Activism

February 21, 2015 - February 22, 2015 • Victoria, Vancouver Island

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