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Trade Union Representatives Training

The BDA Trade Union Representatives Training Programmes are 4 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.

Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, the ​BDA ​Trade ​Union ​Representatives Training Programmes ​will be ​delivered virtually across four days until further notice, using ​e-learning ​packages ​structured ​to ​develop ​the ​basic ​knowledge ​and ​skills ​required ​to ​represent ​members ​effectively ​in ​the ​workplace. ​Trade Union training is free to attend.

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. 

The BDA Trade Union also run a programme of one day Annual Representative Development Days in each Country and in each Region in England to update Trade Union Representatives on changes in Employment Law. These are currently on hold due to the present COVID-19 restrictions.

UPDATE - We are delighted to announce that our first Stage 2 training course for experienced BDA Local TU Reps will take place this summer. Please check back here for more information.

About the training

Stage 1

The ​BDA ​Trade ​Union ​initial ​training ​course ​for ​Local ​TU ​Reps ​is ​delivered virtually across four days, using ​e-learning ​packages ​structured ​to ​develop ​the ​basic ​knowledge ​and ​skills ​required ​to ​represent ​members ​effectively ​in ​the ​workplace. ​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

Please check back for more information on the Stage 2 course.

Upcoming training

Trade Union Representative Stage 1 Training - June 2021

The next Trade Union Representative Stage 1 Training course will be held virtually on four days in June 2021, as follows:

  • Wednesday 9 June
  • Wednesday 16 June
  • Wednesday 23 June
  • Wednesday 30 June

Register here

Information on future Trade Union Representative training courses will be made available once confirmed.


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