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Trade Union Representatives Training

The BDA Trade Union Representatives Training Programmes are four day programmes of learning which are structured to develop all of the knowledge and skills a BDA Trade Union representative will need. The programmes are delivered by TUC tutors and are accredited.

We are pleased to announce that the ​BDA ​Trade ​Union ​Representatives Training Programmes for 2022 ​will be ​delivered in-person across four days.

The ​programmes ​have ​been ​developed ​in ​conjunction ​with ​the ​TUC ​and ​are ​delivered ​by ​professional ​TUC ​tutors. ​It ​is ​essential ​that ​all ​Reps ​complete all four days of the Stage 1 ​​training ​in ​order ​to ​achieve ​accredited ​recognition ​status. ​Established ​TU ​reps ​are ​also ​encouraged ​to ​attend ​to ​refresh ​their ​skills. Trade Union training is completely free to attend.


UPDATE - We will be running Stage 2 training courses for experienced BDA Local TU Reps in 2023. You would need to have completed Stage 1 TU Rep training since November 2016. Please email us at if you have any queries about this course.

About the training

Stage 1

The ​BDA ​Trade ​Union ​initial ​training ​course ​for ​Local ​TU ​Reps will be delivered in-person across four days. Trade Union training is free to attend.

This ​program ​has ​been ​developed ​in ​conjunction ​with ​the ​TUC ​and ​is ​delivered ​by ​professional ​TUC ​tutors. ​It ​is ​essential ​that ​all ​Reps ​complete all four days of this ​​training ​in ​order ​to ​achieve ​accredited ​recognition ​status. ​Established ​TU ​reps ​are ​also ​encouraged ​to ​attend ​to ​refresh ​their ​skills.


Stage 2

The ​BDA ​Trade ​Union Stage 2 ​training ​course ​for ​Local ​TU ​Reps will be delivered in-person across four days. Some of the subjects covered include:

  • Dealing with Bullying and Harassment
  • Reasonable adjustments
  • Dealing with Stress
  • The contract of employment
  • Resisting contract amendments
  • Industrial Action
  • Rights to Information
  • Employment Tribunals and the role of ACAS

This ​program ​has ​been ​developed ​in ​conjunction ​with ​the ​TUC ​and ​is ​delivered ​by ​professional ​TUC ​tutors. ​It ​is ​essential ​that ​Reps ​complete all four days of this ​​training. Trade Union training is free to attend.

Upcoming training

Trade Union Representative Stage 1 Training

The next Stage 1 Training courses will run on the following dates:

  • Monday 13 - Thursday 16 June 2022 (held at Wortley Hall, South Yorkshire)
  • Monday 3 - Thursday 6 October 2022 (held at BDA Offices, Birmingham)

Book on the June course here

Book on the October course here


Trade Union Representative Stage 2 Training

The next Stage 2 Training courses will be run in 2023, please check back here for any updates.


For information and guidance on expenses please refer to the TU Expenses Guidance page (Members only) (