Florida Certified Labor Relations Professional (FCLRP) Program

Program Overview

In August 2000, FPELRA began a comprehensive, four-module training program that, when successfully completed, would provide participants with a certification as a Florida Certified Labor Relations Professional (FCLRP). There are over 400 Labor Relations Professionals who have successfully completed the Program since August 2000. The four training modules are:

  • Introduction to Collective Bargaining & Overview of Chapter 447, F. S., The Public Employee Relations Act
  • Collective Bargaining Simulation
  • Impasse Hearing Simulation
  • Grievance Handling & Arbitration Simulation

All three simulation modules provide a truly hands-on, interactive and real-world experience. Trainers and coaches are experienced practitioners in the public sector labor relations process in Florida.

Our FPELRA Professional Certification Brochure contains the full details on each of our modules.  Download it now!

Comments on the Florida Certified Labor Relations Professional Program:

  • “Thank you…and the whole FPELRA crew. It was a great experience, I learned a great deal and I am glad I was able to partake in it.”
  • “It was a great course and I learned a lot from it. I will recommend it to others too.”
  • “Very comprehensive program overall.”


The certification program is offered to members and non-members alike.

  • Members can login with their username/password and use the links at the top of the column to the right to register for the respective modules.
  • Non-members may use the registration button following each module description below.  Non-member rate is $249 for each of the four classes.
  • Please fill out the form provided with clicking on the link.  A “Bill Me” option is available to members only.  Non-Members need to pay with a credit card.  Please email the FPELRA Webmaster if you experience any problems or require any assistance.

Please note that members receive a $50 discount on each training session offered by FPELRA during the year, as well as a discount on the annual training conference. If you meet our membership criteria, you may join us via the link on our membership page. Calendar-year membership is currently $100 per year for an individual membership and will bring you $250 in immediate savings if you attend all four modules above and the Annual Training Conference.

Please email Fpelra Treasurer or call 954.580.7839 if you have any questions regarding membership eligibility. We’re happy to help!


All modules will be conducted at the Renaissance Orlando Airport Hotel

2017 Schedule:

This is the calendar year 2017 schedule leading to Professional Certification


“Introduction to Collective Bargaining/Overview of Chapter 447, F. S., the Public Employees Relations Act”

Sunday, February 26, 2017 – Completed! – NEXT SESSION February 11, 2018
This module is presented as a separate pre-conference session and is a prerequisite for attendance in the next three modules.  Additional information about the 2017 Annual Training Conference is available, including the agenda.

Early Bird Registration on or before January 31, 2017: Member: $199 Non-Member: $249
Regular registration after February 1, 2017: Member: $249 Non-Member: $299

  • Members can login with their username/password and use the links at the top of the column to the right to register for the respective modules.
  • Non-members may use the registration button following each module description below.

Please note: This first module: “Introduction to Collective Bargaining & Overview of Chapter 447, F.S., is a prerequisite. This module must be completed prior to taking the other program modules. The other three modules should be taken in the order shown below, but is not required.

This initial module provides a complete summary of the public sector bargaining process in Florida. It includes an overview of Chapter 447, F.S. The Public Employees Relations Act, How to prepare for Bargaining, Understanding the Politics of Bargaining, Good Faith Bargaining, Executive Sessions, Impasse Procedure, and more. This module, critical for understanding the collective bargaining process, is facilitated by professional trainers/educators and attorneys specializing in labor law. FPELRA’s Collective Bargaining Manual is included with registration in this module.


“Collective Bargaining Simulation”

Friday, April 21, 2017  – Completed! – NEXT SESSION TBA

Early Bird Registration on or before  March 31, 2017: Member: $199 Non-Member: $249
Regular registration after April 1, 2017: Member: $249 Non-Member: $299

  • Members can login with their username/password and use the links at the top of the column to the right to register for the respective modules.
  • Non-members may use the registration button following each module description below.

This module allows participants to apply the knowledge gained through attendance in the “Introduction to Collective Bargaining” module. Participants will role-play either management or union positions during a simulated bargaining session. Trained coaches assist the participants through the process.

Attendee Comments on the Collective Bargaining Simulation:

  • “Thank you and all the FPELRA board for all of the help you provided to me yesterday.  I really appreciate everyone for being so helpful.”
  • “I enjoyed the simulation [as] it gave me a lot of insight into how to handle our upcoming negotiations. Looking forward to the next two classes.”
  • “You and the rest of the team did a great job and are a pleasure to learn from.”
  • “I am looking forward to it and seeing you all again.  What a great group FPELRA has as its Board members.  It’s been enjoyable.”

“Impasse Hearing Simulation”

Friday, June 23, 2017

Early Bird Registration on or before June 2, 2017: Member: $199 Non-Member: $249
Regular registration after June 2, 2017: Member: $249 Non-Member: $299

  • Members can login with their username/password and use the links at the top of the column to the right to register for the respective modules.
  • Non-members may use the registration button following each module description below.

This module provides participants “hands on” experience in a simulated impasse hearing between the parties. The day culminates with a Special Magistrate hearing, the rendering of a Special Magistrate’s recommendation and the subsequent process to culminate the contract process under these circumstances. This module, will be conducted by professional trainers/educators and attorneys specializing in labor law.


“Grievance Handling & Arbitration Simulation”

Friday, September 8, 2017 
Early Bird Registration on or before August 18, 2017: Member: $199 Non-Member: $249
Regular registration after August 18, 2017: Member: $249 Non-Member: $299

  • Members can login with their username/password and use the links at the top of the column to the right to register for the respective modules.
  • Non-members may use the registration button following each module description below.

This module on contract maintenance issues of the collective bargaining agreement focuses on how to handle grievances and prepare for arbitration. The day culminates with an Arbitration Hearing, presentations, rebuttals and the rendering of the award and a debriefing exercise. FPELRA’s Grievance Manual is included in the registration fee for this module.  This module, will be conducted by professional trainers/educators and attorneys specializing in labor law.


If you are a member and interested in serving on the Training Committee or have an idea for a particular training topic, please email our FPELRA Training Coordinator

 

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