Campaign Training Overview | National Democratic Training Committee

“AFT members together, make a difference in the lives of others. Every day, we care, we fight and we show up for our families; for the patients, children and citizens we serve; for our communities; and for the freedoms we cherish as Americans. The November elections are a moment to reject the politics of division and an opportunity to level the playing field. Candidates throughout the country in red, blue and purple states, including more than 300 of our members running for office, are embracing our values and standing with us.”

– Randi Weingarten, President AFT

The tools you need. The trainings that win.

Real skills. Top-notch trainers. Turnkey templates. Game-changing resources.

As the largest, most in-depth Democratic campaign training program in the country, we provide the training, tools you can use immediately, and resources you need to win your campaign and change your community.

Online Academy

The training and tools you need, when you need them. Courses are available 24/7. Are you a candidate, campaign staffer or volunteer, at the beginning stages of your campaign or in the home stretch? We have the courses to address your specific needs and arm you with the knowledge to win.

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In-Person Training Events

Connect with local leaders and get a head start on your campaign at a full-day intensive Blue Bench training near you. We cover fundraising, communications, digital strategy, and field in hands-on and action-oriented courses designed for candidates, campaign staff, and local leaders.

Staff Academy

Do you want to work on campaigns? Do you dream of a chance to start a career in Democratic politics? The NDTC Staff Academy is an intensive 10-week combined online and in-person program designed to recruit, train, and connect new staff to paid career opportunities in Democratic politics across the country. Find out more about when applications will open for our next cohort.