Partnership Education Program Online with PEP logo

Thank you so much for your interest in the PEP Online training event in May. We apologize that these courses have already hit their capacity limits. PEP classes have a unique structure in that they focus on group discussions, team activities and personal interaction with instructors.

Limiting the class size to 40 is a key element to deliver high-quality PEP training, as it allows each participant the opportunity to share their own experiences, interact with their peers and form unique solutions specific to their local.

With the strong interest we have seen in this program, the IAFF is working hard to bring more PEP training events in the near future. Thank you for your continued support and interest. Please contact the IAFF Department of Education with any additional questions or concerns.


We are excited to announce our first Partnership Education Program (PEP) online event for members. This new virtual training opportunity provides quality IAFF education without the hardships of travel or current restrictions.

The first event is scheduled for three consecutive Tuesdays in May (5/11, 5/18 and 5/25) from 12:30–5:00 p.m (Eastern Time). Each track contains two separate workshops totaling four hours of instruction.

Please note that the IAFF will NOT be recording PEP Online sessions.  PEP courses are highly interactive and allow for open classroom discussions, sometimes about local issues or challenges. All participants should feel comfortable to speak and share their ideas and thoughts with the class. The IAFF strives for all PEP courses to be a safe and open environment for learning and sharing.

Registration is closed.

Thank you so much for your interest in the PEP Online training event in May. We apologize that these courses have already hit their capacity limits. PEP classes have a unique structure in that they focus on group discussions, team activities and personal interaction with instructors.

Limiting the class size to 40 is a key element to deliver high-quality PEP training, as it allows each participant the opportunity to share their own experiences, interact with their peers and form unique solutions specific to their local.

With the strong interest we have seen in this program, the IAFF is working hard to bring more PEP training events in the near future. Thank you for your continued support and interest. Please contact the IAFF Department of Education with any additional questions or concerns.

Printed student manuals are being mailed to participants as soon as possible. If you do not receive a copy of your materials the Monday before your registered course, please email [email protected].

The ZOOM link will be emailed directly to participants prior to the event. For more information about PEP Online, contact the IAFF Department of Education at [email protected].

The first event is scheduled over a three-week period on Tuesdays in May from 12:30–5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time). Each track contains two separate workshops totaling four hours of instruction.

All PEP workshops are designed to be interactive and engage students. Workshops are delivered by IAFF PEP instructors who have a vast amount of knowledge and experience on union skills. Review the Workshop Descriptions to help you choose your workshop track.

Tuesday, May 11
12:30–5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)

New Leadership Skills Track

  • Local Union Administration
  • Understanding Union Leadership

Tuesday, May 18
12:30–5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)

Union Administration Track

  • Negotiating in Tough Economic Times
  • Increasing Membership Participation

Tuesday, May 25
12:30–5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)

Union Representation Track

  • Frontline Union Representative Basics
  • Introduction to Grievances

May 11: New Leadership Skills Track

Local Union Administration (2 hours)
Designed to help affiliate leaders achieve goals for their locals, this course teaches the skills necessary to be effective in any role as a union officer. Information is provided on the duties of each local union officer, as well as the responsibilities of the executive board and other committees in the local. It will also acquaint participants with the various services and assistance available from the IAFF.

Understanding Union Leadership (2 hours)
This workshop will address many facets of being a union officer, including the responsibilities associated with their roles. This workshop will also address how to be a union advocate, using the skills of the executive board, and how to organize members and increase their participation in order to build a stronger local.

May 18: Union Administration Track

Negotiating Strategies for Tough Economic Times (2 hours)
We are a union regardless of the status of the economy. Therefore, when we are in tough economic times, we may adjust our mission but not change our vision to continually advance. These challenges may be in the form of decreased tax revenues, cuts in state aid to local government or cuts in other sources of revenue. The reductions in revenue that result in municipal budget cuts have affected IAFF locals by influencing wages, benefits or operational resources. This workshop will provide an understanding of how fiscal crises impact the negotiation process, as well as providing insight on how to address wages, benefits, working conditions and staffing issues in tough times. The workshop will specifically address the above outlined issues for locals with collective bargaining agreements or a formal negotiation process.

Increasing Membership Participation (2 hours)
The strength of a local depends on the active involvement of its members. Whether it’s a committee meeting, political campaign or public relations effort, your members make the difference between success and failure. This workshop provides methods to increase member participation and build an effective union.

May 25: Union Representation Track

Frontline Union Representative Basics (2 hours)
This workshop addresses the knowledge and skills involved in effectively enforcing contract provisions and representing workers’ rights with your fire service management and jurisdiction. It will introduce and explore the issues and best practices involved in handling grievances, enforcing contract language and handling discipline issues. Additionally, this workshop reviews ways that key union personnel can inform membership on the benefits of union membership and active involvement.

Introduction to Grievances (2 hours)
The manner in which you process grievances will determine how quickly they are resolved and how your members will perceive you. A good understanding of the grievance process will better enable you to enforce the collective bargaining agreement and avoid costly arbitration hearings.