Courses for Prospect reps

All face to face representative training is currently suspended until further notice.

A tailored online delivery of Union Representative Training is available and extremely popular.

We now have a variety of online training courses to offer. If you wish to express an interest in attending a course, please ensure your organiser/official (link included to your specific organiser), has authorised your application.

When contacting your organiser please Include:
Your full name
Membership number
Contact email address (which you currently use)

Online courses for Prospect reps

Reps Part 1: key skills for union reps
Reps 2: Handling Cases
Negotiating Skills
Introduction to Employment Law
Bargaining for a Sustainable Workplace
Health & Safety*
Introduction to Pensions*
Pension Champions*

Prospect is committed to ensuring our workplace representatives have the skills and knowledge they need to carry out their trade union role effectively and to the best of their ability.

All new reps will be required to get started by reading our Reps' Handbook before attending a Prospect rep course.

Details for each course is below.

Reps Part 1: key skills for union reps

This course is designed to welcome you as a Prospect representative and introduce you to the role of a union rep and the skills needed to carry it out. We will help you to be an effective and confident union rep, build good relationships at work and build a stronger union organisation at local level. No previous training is needed. The training is run on a Monday, over 3 sessions: 9-10.15, 11-12.15 and 1-2.15 with up to 30 minutes homework required in-between.

After successfully completing this course you may wish to consider progressing to Reps Part 2 (handling cases). We suggest a break of 2-3 months after completing this course before booking on to Reps Part 2, to ensure you can fully complete your action plan and embed your new skills.

If you are interested in becoming a H&S or environmental rep, the elements of this reps course are included in the content of both, therefore please book directly on to these courses.

Reps 2: Handling Cases

The aim of the course is to give you the skills and knowledge to represent your local members with their personal cases. After completing both Reps 1 (key skills) and Reps 2 (handling cases) the union will accredit you to represent members at formal meetings and hearings.

You should already have completed Reps Part 1 (key skills) before booking on this course. The training is run Tuesday to Thursday over 3 sessions: 10-12.30 or 2-4.30, with up to 1 hour homework required following sessions 1 and 2.


Negotiating Skills

This course is designed to give you the skills and confidence to successfully engage in negotiations with employers in a collective bargaining environment. The course will focus on the psychology and tactics of negotiating as applied to a typical negotiating scenario. It will also improve your communication and interpersonal skills.

Completion of this course will better prepare you to negotiate effectively with employers and others. You should have attended Reps 1 (key skills) prior to attending this course. The course comprises of 3 sessions running Tuesday to Thursday: am/pm with some offline study.

Introduction to Employment Law

This course is designed to introduce you to the structure and workings of the legal system as affects people at work. It is an introduction only and is not intended to develop expertise in employment law.

The course is split into 3 sessions. It is expected that you commit to all 3 sessions as each covers a different topic. The 3 sessions will focus on:

  • Introduction to statutory rights - looking at the range of rights, time limits, qualifying periods and status.
  • Discrimination law - looking at the Equality Act, including in particular disability and assuring a pro-active approach.
  • Unfair dismissal and redundancy - looking at constructive dismissal, variations, unfair dismissal and redundancy.

The course is designed for experienced union representatives and those with considerable local responsibility. Qualifying criteria to attend the course, completion of Reps 1 and 2 and 6 months case handling experience. It requires a sound body of pre-existing knowledge of how the union organises and allocates responsibilities.

Bargaining for a Sustainable Workplace

The aim of this course is to give reps practical skills for engaging with sustainability discussions and making changes in their workplace as well as engaging with wider environmental issues. For a wider flavour of the course Click here

Health & Safety*

We are also running online H&S rep courses every month. The course takes approximately 12 hours work in total, including four scheduled 2.5 hour online sessions, and core activities to be completed between sessions. Trainees need to commit to attending all four sessions and completing all homework.

No prior rep training is needed. Applications should be endorsed by your branch and full-time officer. To register, send your name, contact details and membership number to, and we’ll add you to the waiting list. We’ll be in touch as soon as we can when a space is available.

Members can also participate in training courses organised by their branch, section or region and funded by the education team.

Reps can access a range of other courses run by the TUC.

Want to run a course with your branch or region?

Chat to your organiser, or download and complete our training application form.

Choosing a Prospect course

On our course listings page, click on a course title to find out more about its content and who it's aimed at. This should help you make an informed choice about which course is right for you, based on your role and level of experience.

You'll also see if there are any scheduled dates/venues for the course; if you're logged in you'll be able to apply online. 

If you're still unsure which course is most appropriate for you, please speak to your branch or section secretary and/or your Prospect organiser.

If you are still in doubt, contact the education team on 020 7346 0900 or email us at 

Please notify your branch secretary, Prospect organiser and full-time officer when you apply for a Prospect course. Think about how you will use your new skills once you are back at work and who will support you in this.

The key information page tells you what to expect when you apply for a course. Once you have a confirmed place on a course, please do your utmost to attend. If you're unable to attend, please let us know as soon as possible.

We want you to enjoy your learning experience with us. If there is anything we can do to improve our service to you, please email the education team.

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