Academy I: The Foundation of Labor Relations

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.

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®).

Steps 1 Through 3

Complete Academies I, II, and III - May be completed in any order. Participants must complete each entire academy.

Step 4

Submit a Labor Relations Professional Paper - Paper to be approved by National PELRA Labor Relations Academy Committee prior to awarding certification.


Receive a Passing score on the CLRP® Exam

Obtaining CLRP Certification

One final step in the process!

If you select to write a paper, participants must complete a paper on a topic pre-approved by the Labor Relations Academy Committee. The paper should incorporate information the participant learned from Academies I, II and III, however, the main subject may be academic in nature, or based on work experience in which the participant learned something significant about the process.


If you select to take the exam, participants must register and take the exam at a designated location. Upon passing, participants will receive their CLRP certification.