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NATCA Virtual Academy Courses Now Available

Building on the success of classes over the past year, organizers of the NATCA Academy have announced a new schedule of classes for virtual learning through the end of March. We hope that you will take this opportunity to learn more about your Union, your rights, and how you can become more active in the areas that interest you.

Visit the NATCA Membership Portal to sign up for any of the NATCA Academy Virtual Learning courses. Once you have logged in, select “List of Events” from the Events menu tab, then select “NATCA Academy Virtual Learning.” If you have any questions, please contact Chrissy Padgett.


What you Need to Know About Funding the FAA: Having experienced the longest shutdown of the federal government in history, many members were curious how we got there and what can be done to prevent it in the future. NATCA has been advocating for a stable, predictable funding stream for years but many don’t understand why. This is your opportunity to learn about the U.S. budgeting and appropriations processes so that you understand the issue and can educate your fellow NATCA members. (60 minutes)

  • Thursday, Feb. 11 @ Noon EST
  • Tuesday, March 9 @ Noon EST


Having a Difficult Conversation: People are not always equipped to communicate effectively when perspectives differ or when discussing a sensitive topic. This webinar will uncover techniques to help participants improve professional and personal communication that opens a path forward to benefit everyone involved. (60 minutes)

  • Wednesday, Feb. 17 @ 4 p.m. EST

Collaborative Leadership: Leaders may receive the right technical training, but not many know how to incorporate differing personality types and work styles within their team. This webinar facilitates an understanding of effective leadership in demanding environments. The outcome of this course is for each individual to gain a better understanding of their leadership strengths and weaknesses, as well as be able to identify various traits in others to propel their local into a more collaborative and successful team. (90 minutes)

  • Wednesday, Feb. 10 @ Noon EST

NATCA 101: NATCA 101 endeavors to provide a foundation of information about the Union for all levels of membership. Whether attended online, or in-person, members will learn the history of the organization, the work the Union does for its members every day, and be provided insight for how members can become more involved. Education is the first step toward a stronger local, which leads to a more powerful national Union. A strong Union creates a better future for our members and their families. (2 hours)

  • Monday, Feb. 15 @ 2 p.m. EST
  • Monday, March 15 @ TIME TBD

Building a Stronger Local: This webinar is designed to enhance the strength of your local by recognizing and embracing individual differences, and learning how to improve teamwork and communication. This course provides an in-depth overview of how a local is organized, how the local functions, and educates members at all levels on how to become an active participant in their Union. (60 minutes)

  • Wednesday, Feb. 24 @ 2 p.m. EST


End of Year Forms: Join us for a detailed overview on end of year forms. We will discuss filing deadlines, how to setup an online account through the IRS, OLMS, and breakdown all the required information needed for you to fill out your LM4 and 990N forms. Due to the limited amount of facilities required to fill out an LM3 we ask that you work directly with your NFC member for questions regarding the LM3. (60 minutes)

  • Thursday, Feb. 11 @ 6 p.m. EST
  • Tuesday, March 2 @ 6 p.m. EST
  • Monday, March 8 @ 1 p.m. EST
  • Monday, March 15 @ 1 p.m. EDT

How to Amend Your Local Constitution: Join us for a detailed overview on how to amend your locals constitution. The DOL requires local constitutions to be in line with national constitutions. As this is a convention year, locals will have to make any changes made by the convention body. (60 minutes)

  • Thursday, March 4 @ Noon EST

Conducting Local Meetings: Join us for an overview on how to conduct a general/EBoard membership meeting in person and virtually. We will cover how to take meeting minutes and how to properly conduct Roberts rules while complying with DOL regulations and NATCA procedures. (60 minutes)

  • Monday, March 8 @ 11 a.m. EST

Conducting Local Elections: As an election official, you will be responsible for conducting your union’s election of officers in accordance with federal law and your union’s constitution and bylaws. This training will prepare you to facilitate your locals election. (60 minutes)

  • Monday, March 8 @ 7 p.m. EST

Roberts Rules: Based on Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised In Brief, this course is designed for people who are new to using parliamentary procedure, or who would like a refresher on the fundamental concepts of effective meeting procedure. (60 minutes)

  • Tuesday, March 9 @ 6 p.m. EST

Social Media: Create an engaged community around your local with social media marketing. Learn how to attract an audience, provide value for followers, promote our Union, and set up targeted advertising campaigns on platforms like Facebook and Twitter. (60 minutes)

  • Tuesday, March 9 @ 2 p.m. EST


OSHA Rep Basics: Explore health and safety issues and how our CBAs are built to protect us. As a Principal Facility Rep, Facility OSHA Rep, or NATCA member, you will learn the role you can play in supporting our CBAs and making your workplace safer. You will also discover how the OSHA Committee helps you find your way through OSHA issues daily, and how NATCA’s Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) works to give us the tools we need to understand how our workplaces can affect our health. (60 minutes)

  • Wednesday, March 31 @ 1 p.m. EDT


Online Drug and Alcohol Basics Training: Learn about your rights, the role we all play, what to expect, and where you can find additional resources before, during, and after testing. (2 hours)

  • Tuesday, Feb. 23 @ 1 p.m. EST
  • Saturday, March 27 @ 1 p.m. EDT


Federal Contract Tower (FCT) Training (90 min)

  • Wednesday, March 10 @ 2 p.m. EST
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