Activist training

Course participants around a table

UNISON training is designed to give our activists the skills they need to carry out their roles and to ensure that they can perform them with confidence. All courses are free to the UNISON member, although there may be a charge to the branch.

Click the buttons below to find out about the training available for the various different activist roles.

Workplace representatives

Health and safety representatives

Union learning representatives

Branch officers

Further training for reps and officers

UNISON is committed to supporting your training and development as an activist. As part of our Trained and Active plan, your branch will help you get on the relevant training courses and should allocate you a named contact who will be able to:

  • answer your questions
  • put you in touch with the information and people who can help you along the way
  • have a regular catch up as you become more active in the union.

UNISON also encourages you to be proactive in seeking out opportunities to put your training into practice.

Trained and Active: how branches can support activists’ development

Our U-Train programme sets out the range of courses available to UNISON activists.


Our activists can connect with other UNISON reps and staff at the Organising Space. It’s a great way to find resources and share ideas.