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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.

April 25, 2017 - 12:22pm •
The application process for the 2017 PSAC Scholarship Program is now open.
March 14, 2017 - 9:20am •
Please use this form to apply for the YOUR Course. If you do not know your PSAC ID#, call the Vancouver RO @ 604 430-5631 or 1 800 663-1655 and we will look it up for you. Please note the fields marked with a * are required - the form will not process your application if left blank.
February 6, 2017 - 9:00am •
Former BC NDP premier Glen Clark and the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 38 are sponsoring a new scholarship for students who are enrolled or considering enrollment in the Simon Fraser University (SFU) Labour Studies Program. The ongoing scholarship, which provides $2,500 annually, is established in memory of Clark’s father James, who was a business agent for the Painters Union for many years.
December 5, 2016 - 1:49pm •
In preparation for the 2017 BC Regional Convention as well as the 2017 component conventions, PSAC BC is providing members with four options of an hour long webinar specifically on how to write resolutions.
November 21, 2016 - 2:24pm •
If you are a steward who wants to increase your knowledge, skills and expertise or if you aspire to become a PSAC steward, then these on-line learning modules were developed specifically for you.
November 2, 2016 - 1:05pm •
CLC Winter School 2017 The PSAC BC Education Program is pleased to offer three $500 education subsidies to PSAC BC members who are registering for the CLC Winter School in 2017. The deadline for receipt of your subsidy application for the CLC Winter School is close of business on November 21st, 2016. Other Education Subsidies
November 2, 2016 - 10:03am •
Please use this form to apply for subsidies to attend Non-PSAC courses. If you do not know your PSAC ID#, call the Vancouver RO @ 604 430-5631 or 1 800 663-1655 and we will look it up for you. Please note the fields marked with a * are required - the form will not process your application if left blank. the form will only allow you apply for one subsidy at a time
October 18, 2016 - 2:01pm •
We would like to congratulate these BC members and family who were awarded PSAC scholarships in 2016 and wish them all the best with their future studies.
September 16, 2016 - 11:39am •
To: Mainland & Haida Gwaii Young Workers Committee members,
September 7, 2016 - 12:33pm •
The PSAC’s Union Development Program (UDP) has been one of the most comprehensive union leadership training programs in Canada for more than 35 years.  Building on our rich history, the UDP will provide an advanced learning opportunity for emerging leaders to develop the necessary analysis and skills to identify and support union priorities, and to expand our pool of skilled activists who can inspire others.


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Upcoming Education program Events

Grievance Handling November 24, 2018 • Victoria
Talking Union Basics December 1, 2018 • Abbotsford
Advanced Duty to Accommodate December 8, 2018 • Vancouver