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OCB Academy


Gain the strategies and tools to address employee relations and promote constructive communication



OCB Academy provides labor relations training to exempt supervisors, managers, labor relations officers, and human resources personnel.

We offer a high-quality labor relations curriculum.

OCB Academy provides continuous learning opportunities in the field of labor relations.

In addition to our staff, our training incorporates agency representatives to offer their expertise with day-to-day admininstration and implementation.

Our courses are continuously updated based on contract negotiations; arbitration awards; and feedback from training participants, agencies, and other divisions of DAS.



Learners will gain strategies and tools to achieve productive employee relations, effective business processes, avoid unnecessary procedural and substantive errors and learn best practices.  The program also provides numerous opportunites for professionals to expand their networks across agencies.

Our courses provide participants an opportunity to enhance their knowledge, skills, and competencies regarding labor relations.

In addition, participants will be provided with an opportunity to learn many of the labor relations processes involved from supervising union employees to completing an arbitration.



Learners must be exempt from the bargaining unit (union) in order to participate in the Academy courses.  Supervisors must approve attendance prior to participation. 

In addition, you must be employed by an agency or department of government, i.e., local, county, or State of Ohio.



The OCB Academy can be completed in as few as eleven weeks (one class per week, two eLearnings taken at the participant’s determination). The OCB Academy is offered twice a calendar year, and each of the 13 courses contained within the Academy are offered during these twice-yearly sessions, once in the spring and again in the fall. 

During the program year, learners are encouraged to complete all 13 courses to earn the certificate of completion.  However, if a learner must miss a course, they are given preference seating in the next available course offering.  Learners can roll credits over to the following year if they do not obtain all credits in the same calendar year.



The OCB Academy is a certificate program that offers comprehensive labor relations training.  13 courses comprise the OCB Academy curriculum and provide both contractual and practical information on many of the day-to-day duties of an agency labor relations officers. Successful completion of OCB Academy may be substituted for 6 of the 36 months labor relations experience required on the Labor Relations Officer 3 (LRO3) Classification Minimum Qualification.



The Arbitration Advocacy and Brief Writing School is a portion of the OCB Academy which is a week-long course.  The Academy applies regularly to the Supreme Court of Ohio for continuing legal education credits for this course, and has been awarded CLE credits for the course in the past.






Learners will become more proficient in applying critical leadership competencies. There are competencies to support learning via blended learning activities:

  • Coaching and Developing Others
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers and Subordinates
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Getting Information
  • Guiding, Directing an Motivating Subordinates
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others



Learners will gain and share the skills expected for all supervisors, managers, labor relations officers, and human resources professionals within the State of Ohio. Throughout the program, participants will obtain an increased leave of knowledge and skill needed to:

  • Understand and navigate complex workplace misconduct allegations and investigations.
  • Conduct pre-disciplinary meetings and determine if the needed elements exists to move forward with discipline.
  • Effectively prepare grievance packets and advocate for best outcomes.
  • Apply the fundamentals of contract administration and bargaining training to administer the contract most effectively.
  • Enhance engagement, value differences, and resolve conflicts in labor management committees to maximize outcomes and constructive relationships.
  • Consistently apply best practices and sound principles in employee relations, dispute resolution, grievance processing, and alternative dispute resolution



If a participant needs to cancel after registering for a course, we ask for prompt notification, preferably at least 3 days prior to the course start date.  This will allow for students to be notified of an opening in the class.  If the participant is unable to attend, he/she is asked to cancel the class by contacting the OCB Academy at:

Department of Administrative Services
Office of Collective Bargaining
4200 Surface Road
Columbus, Ohio 43228
Phone: 614-466-0570



  • EXEMPT employees
  • Agency supervisors
  • Agency managers
  • Labor relations officers
  • ADA coordinators
  • Human resources personnel
  • EEO staff
  • Legal staff