Cert Week 2023 (Certification Week, Goodyear AZ)

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Welcome to Cert Week! Did you miss out on Cert Week 2019 and wish there was a consolidated program to be recognized among your peers as a certified professional? Obtaining the designation of CLRP requires successfully completing Academy I - III, prior to completing an exam or written paper. Cert Week offers a condensed opportunity to enroll in all three (or missing individual courses) in one week with the option to take the CLRP online exam at the end.  

January 9, 2023. Academy I: The Foundation of Labor Relations provides participants with the resources to achieve a better understanding of the basic principles and practices of labor relations. Through lively workshops and interactive exercises, participants sharpen their knowledge of "The Duty to Bargain", "Good Faith Bargaining", "The Scope of Bargaining", "The Profile of an Excellent Negotiator", and writing important contract clauses. Participants will be given tools to assist them in preparing and organizing for bargaining and also enforcing and administering the resulting collective bargaining agreement. An overview of comparative negotiating processes illustrates various approaches to bargaining and tips for success. (8:00a - 4:00p)  WAPELRA 2022.1

January 10, 2023.   Academy II: The Grievance Arbitration Process teaches participants about the role of arbitration in union-management relations from the perspective of the practitioner, the arbitrator, and the advocate. This workshop addresses responding to a grievance, rules of contract administration and how and when to raise the question of arbitrability. Participants will draft a response to a grievance and learn how to improve their skills in preparing and presenting a winning case. Interactive exercises throughout the day in choosing an arbitrator and selecting witnesses are designed to build expertise. The last exercise of the Academy, based of videos and facts of the case, you get to be the arbitrator and determine the ruling.  (8:00a - 4:00p)  


January 11, 2023 . Academy III: The Negotiations Process focuses on the negotiation process through classroom teaching as well as a negotiation simulation involving economics, reclassification and benefit issues that give participants an opportunity to sharpen their skills. For the negotiations simulation, the class is divided into management and union teams. This interactive workshop on thorny problems and issues such as the timing of settlements, impasse strategies and multi-year contracts precedes the simulation and debriefing. Finally, a discussion on "The Perspective of the Negotiator" rounds out the day from a management panel.  (8:00a - 4:00p)  

January 12, 2023. Exam (Optional). Focused CLRP Exam testing environment. Attendees must bring their own laptop. If you register for the exam, additional information will be sent to you prior to the test, as you must show up for Cert Week and properly complete each course before you can sit for the exam. (9:00a - 11:00a; maximum 2-hours to complete the exam)

Event Details:

The City of Goodyear, AZ will host Cert Week and there is not a host hotel or room block. Attendees are required to obtain their own travel and lodging arrangements.  Courses will be held at the City of Goodyear Civic Center (1900 N. Civic Square)

FOOD: Breakfast and Lunch is provided to all registered attendees, Monday-Wednesday (Academy I-III). Breakfast is not provided for the option Exam day.

Suggested local lodging options conveniently located near the municipal center include Tru by Hilton Goodyear (1430 N. Bullard Ave) and the SpringHill Suites Phoenix/Goodyear (1370 N. Bullard Ave). 

The City of Goodyear is conveniently located outside Phoenix and its airport (PHX) will support those needing to fly to attend Cert Week 2023.

Academy I, II, and III (per course) $299 $449
CLRP Exam $175 $350
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