HR Policy Association

U.S. Labor Relations Professional Certification

Instruction Developed by Practitioners for Practitioners

For over 20 years, the HR Policy Association's U.S. Labor Relations Professional Certification program has been providing the best management-side labor relations training available.  

Initially developed to fill a gap in labor relations experience among HR staff, the training programs have grown and evolved to focus on the unique challenges of today.  

HR Policy Association puts veteran management practitioners in the classroom to focus on practical skills. All courses are taught from a management perspective – a very different tactic from the academic training options.

Participants receive the benefit of the knowledge, skills and experience of veteran HR leaders. The courses have been assembled with substantial input from experts among our member companies who generously donated their time, counsel, expertise, and resources to develop our collection of best practices programs.

Three separate courses form HR Policy's  U.S. Labor Relations Professional Certification program and more information on each can be found below:

Managing a Union Workforce

September 24 in Atlanta, GA  
While the objective is the same, there are distinct differences between managing employees in a union-free environment and a unionized workplace.

Administering the Contract

September 25 in Atlanta, GA
This unique course not only discusses the mechanics of the grievance procedure, but also stresses the importance of managing the workforce over and above the scope of the collective bargaining agreement.

Elements of Collective Bargaining

April 23-26 in Baltimore, MD | October 22-25 in Baltimore, MD
Here are the basics: know the law, plan, strategize, prepare, and then negotiate. This series covers all the bases of collective bargaining set in a challenging environment in one high-intensity session.

Meet the Instructors

Dennis Dabney

Director, Labor Relations Training, HR Policy Association

Dennis has more than 35 years of experience in human resources, including extensive labor relations experience and expertise in workforce planning and recruitment, health and welfare benefits, HR compliance, and organizational HR service models.

Dick Schmidt

Head Labor Relations Instructor, HR Policy Association

Mr. Schmidt has more than 30 years of experience in labor relations on both the management and the labor sides of the table. He has extensive experience in the private and public sector in addition to multi-employer, multi-bargaining unit negotiations within the manufacturing, trucking, food processing, construction and ware-housing industries.

HR Policy Association’s training courses are recognized by industry partners as qualified continuing education credits.  The training staff will work with participants to provide curricula description and attendance verification so that participants may obtain proper recognition for Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits or other continuing education requirements in professional certification programs.

In-House Meetings

All of HR Policy's Labor Relations Professional Certification Courses can be customized to the unique circumstances of your company and can be presented by the Association’s instructors to in-house audiences. 

Many companies prefer the in-house presentation of Elements of Bargaining, Managing a Union Workforce, and Administering the Contract courses to ensure that the company’s unique practices and culture are woven into the teaching of the course with involvement by senior company officials. 

This can also enhance the team building that is an essential component of the Elements of Bargaining course.

Curricula on positive personnel practices and other customized front-line training modules can be made available upon request.  We will work with you and your staff to develop the customized course that best fits your needs. In addition, special briefings on evolving topics, legislative and regulatory initiatives, and public policy trends can be prepared for senior management or other specialized audiences.

For more information, please contact Christine Salvador, Director of Events and Networking, at [email protected].