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Course Title: Professional Development Series (PDS) for Employee Relations Practitioners


Course Description: In collaboration with the Employee and Labor Relations Network, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management's Partnership and Labor Relations office will sponsor a complimentary training opportunity for Employee Relations (ER) practitioners, June 20, 2017 through June 23, 2017 covering employee and labor relations principles. The location for the training will be the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, 1900 E Street N.W., Washington, D.C. 20415. Additional location details and course information will be provided in the acceptance notices. The Application Form is on The application deadline is Friday, May 12, 2017.

PDS for Employee Relations Practitioners was developed to assist those in the human resources community who are governed by Title 5 of the United States Code by enhancing the skills needed for successful job performance. The course modules focus on issues and topics of interest to employee and labor relations practitioners who assist and advise management on performance and conduct based actions. The training will include topics such as:
  • Addressing and Resolving Poor Performance
  • Adverse Action Rights Under 5 U.S.C. Section 7511
  • Disability Law and Reasonable Accommodation
  • Basic Labor Relations for ER Practitioners
  • MSPB’s Most Influential Decisions
  • Leave Issues
  • Medical Documentation
  • Proposing Discipline/Charge Writing
  • Whistleblower Protection
If you have questions, please contact us at Please use "June PDS for Practitioners" in the subject line.

Location: 1900 E Street, NW
Room 1425A
Washington,DC 20415

Schedule: Tuesday, June 20, 2017 through Friday, June 23, 2017

Estimated Time to Complete Course: 32 hours

Registration: Complete the application and submit by COB Friday, May 12, 2017.

Note: This installment of the PDS for ER practitioners was designed for individuals with no more than five years of ER experience. Therefore, individuals with more than five years of experience will not be selected to PDS. The class size will be limited to approximately 35 participants. Notices concerning acceptance will be sent by Friday, May 19, 2017, to applicants and nominating officials.

Agency/Vendor Sponsor: Office of Personnel Management

Course Content Contact: Partnership and Labor Relations,, (202) 606-2930

Cost: Free We are excited about administering the PDS for Employee Relations practitioners training. It will provide a quality training experience with minimal cost to your agency. Agencies must provide any required travel and lodging for participants.

Method: Classroom

HR Technical Area(s): Employee Relations; Labor Relations; Performance Management

General Competencies: Customer Service; Influencing/Negotiating; Legal, Government, and Jurisprudence; Problem Solving; Writing

Leadership Competencies:

HR Role and Framework Level: 
Technical Specialist (GS 5-13) - 100 Level Technical Specialist

Proficiency Level: Basic

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