Ontario English Catholic Teachers

Leadership Training Program

Please Note: Due to the ongoing challenges of the COVID pandemic, the Leadership Training Program will not be offered in the 2020 – 2021 school year. We look forward to launching a refreshed program in 2021-2022.

A fundamental requirement of any organization is the development of its future leadership. OECTA's Leadership Training Program reflects our commitment to succession planning and to providing an opportunity for teacher-advocates and activists to gain skills and experience. Participants receive professional career development that prepares them to provide service to members and leadership at both the local and provincial levels.

The program includes a year of foundational training followed by specialized training in areas of membership service. Training takes place over four days in one year.

Inquiries about the Leadership Training Program can be directed to the OECTA Provincial Office at 416-925-2493 ext. 524 or 1-800-268-7230, or email

Foundational Training

During their first year, participants will develop a broad foundation in communication, professional relations, leadership, legislative framework, collective bargaining, contract administration, and Association governance. A Certificate of Foundational Training is awarded following completion of six required three-hour modules and two optional three-hour modules. The selection of participants will be a joint process between the local Unit Executive and Provincial Office.

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Specialized Training Program

The prerequisite for participation in a specialized program is either completion of the Foundational Program or having served one year or more as an OECTA release officer.

Participants who have completed the Foundational Program or Specialized Program(s) will be invited by email to apply for a specialized program. The selection of participants for the specialized programs will again be a joint process between the local Unit Executive and the Provincial Office.

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