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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 our education program, check the frequently asked questions or contact 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.

September 23, 2015 - 11:01am •
Develop your skills as a union leader Are you passionate about standing up for unions and workers’ rights? Do you believe in fairness, social justice and human rights? Are you active in your union and interested in deepening your activist knowledge and skills?
September 18, 2015 - 4:08pm •
Please use this form to apply for the 2015 B.C. Regional Health and Safety Conference, November 14-15, 2015 at the Sheraton Richmond Airport Inn. Deadline: October 16 2015. Note fields marked * are required.
August 10, 2015 - 2:13pm •
Please use this form to apply for the 1-Day Steward Training Course. Application deadline: noon, Wednesday Aug 26, 2015. Note fields marked * are required.  
July 21, 2015 - 3:27pm •
Please use this form to apply for the Advanced Representation Training for Stewards Course. Aplication Deadline: Friday September 11, 2015. Note fields marked * are required.  
July 15, 2015 - 3:27pm •
What types of education courses are available? The PSAC Education Program in BC consists of three types of courses … 1) Weekend Courses (generally basic courses) put on in each catchment area; 2) BC Wide courses (usually either advanced or in the context of a Union School); and 3) online courses. Can I apply for any of these courses?
July 3, 2015 - 12:58pm •
Please use this form to apply for the Alliance Facilitator Training Course. Aplication Deadline: December 4 2015. Note fields marked * are required.  
April 7, 2015 - 5:48pm •
We are now accepting applications for scholarships available to PSAC members and their children through our scholarship program. Applicants must submit either an 800 word essay, a video, infographic or audio recording to answer the following question:
February 5, 2015 - 1:32pm •
The Programs Section of the PSAC and the PSAC Education Program are launching an on-line version of the Fighting for our Lives; Bill C-4 and Health and Safety course. Visit  - http://psacunion.ca/online-learning  - to access it via the on-line learning section of the national website. It is anticipated the course will take 1.5 to 2 hours to complete and it is set up in such a way that you can leave the course and return to it as you choose or as time allows.The objectives of the course:
December 18, 2014 - 9:54am •
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.
November 3, 2014 - 1:12pm •
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?


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Upcoming Education program Events

Advanced Duty to Accommodate Course December 4, 2015 • Richmond
Alliance Facilitator Training January 15, 2016 • Burnaby
Talking Union Basics Course January 23, 2016 • Abbotsford
Grievance Handling January 23, 2016 • Victoria