Training for reps

Important update

Due to the current situation with COVID-19 Coronavirus, we have unfortunately been forced to cancel all of our courses until the end of year* and moved to a blended format with a digital first approach.

We offer free training for our reps every step of the way. Training helps reps to maximise their effectiveness as a rep to ensure their branch can be as successful as possible. Our training will also help reps develop in their careers outside of their union role.

All reps will undergo our ‘Reps 1’ training course to get them started. From there, there are various training paths reps can take.

The union is now offering Reps 1 and Reps 2 training on line using zoom.  If you would like to express an interest in participating in our online, representative training , please email indicating which course, your branch and membership number and ensure that your organiser/negotiating official has authorised your application.

To help inform your decisions please note that the online Representative Training commitment is :

Reps 1 online delivery is offered either 3 x 1 hour sessions in 1 day or over 3 consecutive weeks at the same time (with a small amount of pre-work).

Reps 2 online delivery is offered over 3 consecutive days and involves some pre-course work and 2 pieces of homework between the sessions that amount to up to 1 hour each.

Training for different types of rep

Below is a list of the training courses you can expect to take on your way up to being each type of rep:

Communications rep

  • Reps 1: essential skills
  • Using Prospect‘s e-Branch system
  • Campaigns

Environment rep

  • Reps 1: essential skills
  • Bargaining for a sustainable workplace

Equality and diversity rep

  • Reps 1: essential skills
  • Harassment and bullying
  • Unconscious bias
  • Challenging perceptions of neurodiversity
  • Challenging performance management

Health and safety rep

  • Reps 1: essential skills
  • The effective health and safety rep
  • Preventing work-related stress
  • Mental health awareness

Union learning rep

  • Reps 1: essential skills
  • TUC union learn programme
  • Union learning reps

Pensions champion

  • Reps 1: essential skills
  • Introduction to pensions
  • Defined contribution schemes
  • Civil service pensions
  • Becoming a pensions champion
  • Pension trustees

Negotiating rep

  • Reps 1: essential skills
  • Negotiating skills
  • Job evaluation

Organising rep

  • Reps 1: essential skills
  • Freelance organising
  • Mapping the workplace
  • Branch treasurer

Advising and representing members

  • Reps 1: essential skills
  • Reps 2: handling cases
  • Handling cases in BT
  • Introduction to employment law

Find out more

If you are interested in Prospect training courses and want to find out more, call us on 020 7346 0900 or email our education team.