Overview: Legislative Staff Professional Development and Training Seminars


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NCSL provides a wide range of professional development and training opportunities designed specifically with legislative staff in mind. These opportunities include professional development seminars, planned by each of the professional staff associations, leadership and management development for emerging, new or tenured staff leaders and directors, a biannual meeting for HR professionals, NCSL’s annual Legislative Summit as well as customized, in-state professional development.

Staff Association Professional Development Seminars (PDS)

Professional Staff Association 2020 Professional Development Seminars

American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secretaries (ASLCS)
The 2020 ASLCS Professional Development Seminar in Portland, Maine has been postponed to Oct. 2-7, 2021. Information about the 2021 seminar will be available in Spring 2021.

National Association of Legislative Information Technology (NALIT)
The 2020 NALIT Professional Development Seminar in Madison, Wisc. is postponed to Oct. 4-7, 2021. Information about the 2021 seminar will be available in Spring 2021.

National Legislative Services and Security Association (NLSSA)
The 2020 National Legislative Services and Security Association Annual Training Conference is postponed to Aug. 23-26, 2021. Information about the 2021 conference will be available in early Spring 2021.

Staff Hub ATL 2020: Create | Connect | Collaborate: Oct. 7-9, 2020, Atlanta
The Staff Hub ATL 2020 has been postponed to 2022, exact date TBD. This meeting is meant to foster cross-pollination and shared learning between professional staff associations, increase overall attendance at a staff-focused meeting, learn about different staff functions and staff roles in the legislature and increase synergy among the participating associations.

Participating Groups:

Legislative Information and Communications Staff Association (LINCS)

Leadership Staff Professional Association (LSPA)

Legislative Research Librarians Professional Association (LRL)

National Legislative Program Evaluation Society (NLPES)

National Association of Legislative Fiscal Offices (NALFO)

Research, Editorial, Legal and Committee Staff (RELACS)

Legislative Education Staff Network

Legislative Education Staff Network is a partnership between the Education Commission of the States and the National Conference of State Legislatures. LESN is a coordinated network of professional and knowledgeable legislative staff from across the country who work on education policy.

NCSL Legislative Summit

With great regret, NCSL has decided to cancel the 2020 Legislative Summit scheduled for Aug. 10-13 in Indianapolis. 

Legislative Staff Management Institute

The Legislative Staff Management Institute (LSMI) provides legislative staff with the opportunity to develop and enhance their management and leadership skills. In response to the COVID-19 crisis, this best-in-class leadership and management program is shifting to a month-long online experience. This all-digital experience will be offered at a reduced tuition rate. The deadline to apply is Friday, June 5, 2020.

Senior Staff Leadership Development Program

NCSL’s new Senior Staff Leadership Development Program is an executive leadership workshop exclusively for legislative staff directors, senior department directors, chamber, caucus or leaders’ chiefs of staff. Information for 2020 program is coming soon.

National Seminar on Human Resource Management in State Legislatures

NCSL’s biannual National Seminar on Human Resource Management in State Legislatures is designed for legislative HR professionals and senior legislative staff who have responsibilities for creating, implementing and enforcing HR policies and practices. No other national training program offers this special focus on the legislature as an employer or brings together legislative staff who need to know more about this critical body of knowledge.

In-State Training and Retreats

NCSL has trainers that can develop in-state training and retreat programs customized to you and your office’s or chamber’s needs. For more information, contact Angela Andrews.

Legislative Staff Certificate Program

NCSL’s new Legislative Staff Certificate Program will be held online in October 2020. This monthlong training seminar is for newer legislative staff that that are seeking to gain context about legislatures and the legislative process. It will focus on five core competencies: the legislative institution, legislative fiscal concepts, legislative staff code of conduct, communications and leadership within the legislative environment.