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Apply for the 2014 Political Training Academy

September 3, 2013 – The IAFF is now accepting applications for the 18th annual Political Training Academy, scheduled for March 1-7 in Baltimore, Maryland.

The online-only application period begins Tuesday, September 3 and ends Friday, November 15. In addition to submitting to an application, all applicants must submit a letter of recommendation from their local president.

The Political Training Academy is designed for IAFF members or immediate family members who are running or plan to run for public elected office. The week-long program trains activists how to engage with campaigns in leadership roles and teaches local leaders to assess the strengths and weaknesses of campaigns approaching the union for support. Click here to complete and submit an application.

Due to the nature of the training provided at the Political Training Academy, class size is limited to 50 participants, and only one person from any local will be considered for acceptance. Successful applicants must also commit to attending the entire program to receive the full benefit. The IAFF will begin notifying applicants by the end of the calendar year whether or not they were accepted. Those not accepted will be kept on a waiting list should any cancellations occur.

The Political Training Academy includes trainings on a variety of campaign topics, and a campaign simulation exercise. The training portion includes workshops on campaign planning, targeting, budgeting, fundraising, polling, messaging, social media tools and get-out-the-vote, as well as other campaign-related topics. Trainers include high-level operatives and consultants from the campaign world, most with decades of campaign experience at all levels of elective office.

Participants are responsible for their transportation costs to and from Baltimore and any additional lodging days outside of the Political Training Academy period. Lodging, meals and conference materials are covered by the IAFF.

For more information, click here or call the IAFF Political department at (202) 824-1582.

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