Candidate Training | National Democratic Training Committee

The Training & Tools That Win

You run. We provide the tools, training, and resources you need to win. Our online and in-person candidate training programs support you every step of the way: from deciding to run to Election Day. With courses that cover fundraising, field, communications, digital strategy, campaign leadership, and time management we are a winning campaign’s one-stop toolbox.

What Our Candidates Have to Say

NDTC trained candidates have won races in all 50 states, from school board to Congress, and everywhere in between. We are proud to be part of their journey to office.

There is a LOT to know about running for office and I am very thankful that an organization like NDTC exists to demystify the process and help everyday people be able to run for office, not just the wealthy and powerful!
Amanda Douglas 2018 Candidate, U.S. House of Representatives (OK-1)
There is minimal chance I would have won in the primary without the NDTC training. My opponent had the experience and knowledge of campaigning. I had no campaign experience, no fundraising experience, and no political experience at all.
Sam Charbonneau Former Candidate for Indiana House of Representatives, District 72
The NDTC training helped me focus my efforts. The trainers were inspirational. Even though I’m running for my 3rd term, I needed this boost to move forward to another victory for my candidacy.
Mary Ann Dunwell State Representative (MT-84)

In-Person Training

At NDTC Blue Bench Trainings, you can expect highly participatory trainings to lay the groundwork for a successful campaign. You’ll go through four 80-minute trainings covering the topics of fundraising, field, digital strategy, and communications.

The Information You Need to Win

In NDTC’s Online Academy, you can expect in-depth, comprehensive trainings that cover every topic you need to run a successful campaign. Our Online Academy features 20 courses for candidates, and they are available 24/7. You get to choose which courses you take, but if you aren’t sure, we’ll help you figure out which ones are best for you.

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Field

How many votes does it take to win? Where will these votes come from and how will you find them? To answer these questions, you’ll learn how to build modern field plans focused on winning.

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Messaging and Communications

What sets a campaign apart from the rest of the field? Your message. Learn how to create a compelling message targeted at the voters needed to win.

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Fundraising

Raising money is a fact of life when running for office. Learn how to build a budget, craft a finance plan, and raise money.

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Management

Every campaign needs a plan to win. We help candidates learn how to stay focused on the goal that matters: Winning.