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Education & Training

For information about our workshops, please email CAUT’s Education Officer at

CAUT provides virtual workshops to assist local associations in building active and knowledgeable memberships. The courses are offered without charge. 

The following courses are offered in the fall and spring. Dates and registration information are circulated in August and December.  

ORGANIZING SCHOOL 101 — September 26 –​ October 21, 2022

In this 4-week foundational course, participants will discuss and practice:

How to better engage and organize members;

  • The five steps to running effective campaigns and political action;
  • How to organize to win in collective bargaining; and
  • The five steps to conducting successful one-on-one conversations with members. 

To register, complete the online registration form, before September 12, 2022.

COLLECTIVE BARGAINING — October 31 – November 4, 2022

Your collective agreement outlines the rights of your association’s members and the responsibilities of the administration. But negotiating an effective collective agreement requires preparation and practice. In this 1-week course, participants will explore:

  • Bargaining terms and concepts;
  • Your province’s legal framework;
  • How to build relationships and communicate effectively with your members;
  • Power Mapping;
  • Developing a Bargaining Mandate;
  • Preparing proposals and bargaining protocols; and
  • Managing the table and staying organized during bargaining – whether in-person or online.

To register, please complete the online registration form, before October 7, 2022.

Grievance Handling — November 14-18, 2022

Representing your members when they file a grievance against the administration is a key function of your association. In this course, participants will:

  • Situate the right to grieve in a historical context.
  • Distinguish a grievance from a complaint.
  • Identify different types of grievances.
  • Explore the legislative and contractual framework underlying the grievance arbitration process.
  • Define the components of the grievance officer's job.
  • Write a basic grievance and negotiate a grievance settlement.

To register, please complete the online registration form, before October 28, 2022.


An introduction to the skills and tools that allow an association to effectively convey messages to members, the media, and the wider community. The course combines a mix of instruction, discussion, and media simulation exercises designed to assist participants in developing and implementing successful communications strategies.  

Participants will complete one online module and one 3-hour Zoom session.  


This workshop focuses on utilizing key association tools – collective bargaining, grievance arbitration, and mobilizing campaigns – to advance equity on campus. Designed for association leaders and activists, this workshop is an opportunity to strengthen the association’s ability to more effectively achieve diverse, inclusive, and discrimination-free workplaces.  

Participants will complete one online module and one 3-hour Zoom session.


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