Political Training Academy (PTA)

The A. Michael Mullane Political Training Academy is an intensive, weeklong program that trains members who want to run for office, manage campaigns, or lead political action. You will learn from experts, practice your skills, and participate in a mock campaign. Don’t miss this opportunity to make a difference.

The week-long, hands-on political training course, taught by outside campaign experts and IAFF staff, includes classroom seminars, small-group skill practice sessions, and a full campaign simulation. Topics include:

  • Developing an Effective Campaign Plan
  • Targeting Voters
  • Recruiting Volunteers
  • Mastering Polling
  • Fundraising and Budgeting
  • Developing an Effective Message
  • Working With the Press
  • Getting Out the Vote
  • Complying With Campaign Finance Laws

Because of the intensive, interactive nature of the Political Training Academy, class size is limited to 50 participants per year. Accordingly, the IAFF requests that each Local recommend only one applicant per year.