National PELRA Labor Relations Academy & Certification Program (CLRP®)

The National PELRA Labor Relations Certification Program (CLRP®), is an innovative certificate designed specifically for public sector labor relations and human resources professionals who are new to the field as well as for the experienced practitioner seeking additional training. In order to attain the prestigious CLRP® designation, you must complete the three Core Academies (Academy I, Academy II and Academy III, in any order) and take the multiple-choice exam or write a paper.

This unique four-step program leads to the Professional Certification as a Certified Labor Relations Professional (CLRP®).

  1. Academy I
  2. Academy II
  3. Academy III
  4. ElEctives

Academy I: The Foundation of Labor Relations

Academy I provides participants with the resources to achieve a better understanding of the basic principles and practices of labor relations. Through lively workshops and interactive exercises, participants sharpen their knowledge of "The Duty to Bargain", "Good Faith Bargaining", "The Scope of Bargaining", "The Profile of an Excellent Negotiator", and writing important contract clauses. Participants will be given tools to assist them in preparing and organizing for bargaining and also enforcing and administering the resulting collective bargaining agreement. An overview of comparative negotiating processes illustrates various approaches to bargaining and tips for success.

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While attending the Labor Relations Academies you can also earn HRCI recertification credit hours!


  • Member: $175
  • Non-Member: $350