The OCB Academy provides labor relations training to State of Ohio exempt supervisors, managers, labor relations officers and human resources personnel. The training, which is continuously updated based on contract negotiations, arbitration awards and feedback from participants, incorporates agency representatives to offer their expertise on the day-to-day administration of labor relations issues.
Participants must be employed by a state agency or local government department, be exempt from the bargaining unit (union) and receive supervisor approval to attend. The OCB Academy is offered twice a year and can be completed in as few as eleven weeks (one class per week, with two eLearnings taken at the participant’s convenience).
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.
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 week-long course offered as part of the OCB Academy. The Academy applies regularly to the Supreme Court of Ohio for continuing legal education credits for this course and has in the past been awarded CLE credits for the course.