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 April.

We did not want to do this but it has proved necessary to reduce the risks to our members, reps and course tutors and to play our part in social distancing.

In the meantime, we are currently exploring how we might deliver bitesize learning to our representatives over the coming weeks.

If you would like to express an interest in participating in our initial, online, representative training , please email

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.

Prospect members, login to our members area to book your course

Bectu members, login here

NEW PILOT: Regional Delivery of Reps 1 & Reps 2 Training

As well as the National Education Training Programme, delivered predominately at our Clapham and Waterloo offices; new for 2020 in 5 regions/nations of the UK is the delivery of Reps 1 and Reps 2 courses. If you are interested in attending the regional delivery of any of these courses, in the first instance, please contact your organiser.

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

Prospect members login the members area to book your course

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.