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September 18-20 | Bremerton

WAPELRA Fall Conference

The WAPELRA Fall Conference is specifically designed to help public sector HR professionals and other practitioners involved in labor relations obtain legal updates, build skills and develop resources. In addition to a great line-up of educational sessions, the conference is an excellent opportunity to network and learn from your colleagues who are facing the same issues as you.

Who should attend?

  • Human resources and labor relations professionals who represent management in cities, counties, special districts and state agencies.
  • City clerks, supervisors, managers, administrators and department heads who deal with personnel and labor issues.


Agenda details

Back by popular demand – WAPELRA is offering a pre-conference workshop on Wednesday afternoon from 1 – 4 pm! Join Dr. John Sullivan, an internationally known HR thought-leader specializing in strategic talent management, for a three hour session that will change the mindset and provide a toolkit of easy to implement solutions for improved recruiting and retention results for public agencies. This session will also cover the challenges that HR professionals are having nationwide in recruiting law enforcement and public safety candidates.

Pre-conference costs:
WAPELRA members – $70
Non-members – $90

The conference kicks off with a Welcome Reception from 5:30 to 7 pm on Wednesday, September 18.

The main conference program starts at 8:30 am Thursday, September 19, and ends at noon on Friday, September 20.

Tentative agenda

NPELRA Labor Relations Academy III – The negotiation process
Wednesday, September 18, 8 am – 4 pm

WAPELRA is pleased that NPELRA is offering its Labor Relations Academy III in conjunction with the WAPELRA Fall Conference this year. This session is part of NPELRA's innovative teaching program leading to professional certification as a Certified Labor Relations Professional (CLRP). This NPELRA event requires a separate registration fee ($299 for NPELRA members, $399 for non-members). Click here to go directly to the NPELRA website to register or contact them at (858) 299-3150 with questions.


Continuing education credits

HRCISeal18HRCI certification
The use of this seal confirms that this WAPELRA activity has met HR Certification Institute’s® (HRCI®) criteria for recertification credit pre-approval. This activity, ID No. 396423, has been approved for 9.75 HR (General) recertification credit hours toward aPHR™, PHR®, PHRca®, SPHR®, GPHR®, PHRi™ and SPHRi™ recertification through HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®). Please make note of the activity ID number on your recertification application form. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the HR Certification Institute website at www.hrci.org.

SHRMLogoSHRM certification
WAPELRA is recognized by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®. This program is valid for 9.25 PDCs for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP, (Activity ID: 19-NQHS6).


Registration and fees

Registration is open!


WAPELRA Fall Conference
Member registration – Registration is closed
Non-member registration – Registration is closed

Pre-Conference session
Member registration
Non-member registration

WAPELRA member






Please note: Registration requires an AWC username and password

How do I get an AWC username and password?
If you do not have an AWC username and password, you will need to create a new user account.

Will I receive a confirmation of my registration?
For registrations made online, confirmation of registration can be printed or you may email it to your email account. The confirmation will be sent to the email address shown in the registration section.



AWC Risk Management Service Agency (RMSA) members
RMSA members are eligible for three scholarship discounts per jurisdiction to the Institute only. Contact your RMSA staff to obtain your scholarship code prior to registering.

Washington Cities Insurance Authority (WCIA) members
WCIA will reimburse the cost of one full registration per member. Reimbursement funding is available upon program completion.

Washington Counties Risk Pool (WCRP) members
WCRP members are eligible for one free registration per WCRP member county for the Fall Conference only. Contact your county risk manager to obtain the WCRP scholarship discount code prior to registering.

Note: Organizations that sponsor scholarships are not responsible for cancellation fees. If you cancel your registration or do not attend, your jurisdiction will be billed the cancellation fee of $75.



This year’s Fall Conference will be held at the Kitsap Conference Center. WAPELRA has reserved a block of sleeping rooms for the nights of September 17, 18, and 19 at two hotels for negotiated rates. The room block fills up quickly.

To book, please register for the workshop as soon as possible.

Fairfield Inn – 360.377.2111
Hampton Inn – 360.405.0200
You must provide the WAPELRA code to receive the discounted rate. Code number is: WAPELRA.
Rate: $129 per night (single occupancy)
Rate is available until August 14

If you have questions about hotel reservations, contact WAPELRA@awcnet.org

Hotel changes/cancellations
Guests are responsible for paying for their own accommodations. All changes and cancellations must be made directly with the hotel. The hotel must receive notice of cancellation at least 72 hours prior to the arrival date and a cancellation number must be obtained by the guest to avoid penalty charges for one night stay.

WAPELRA is not responsible for any penalty or no-show charges.



Conference program questions
Greg Gauthier, WAPELRA Vice President
(206) 787-3346

Registration or cancellation questions and special accommodations
(360) 753-4137
For TDD users, please use the state’s toll-free relay service, (800) 833-6388, and ask the operator to dial the AWC number above.

General WAPELRA questions
Jeanette Cefalo, WAPELRA President
(360) 835-8501 x103

For the most up-to-date information about the Conference, go to the WAPELRA website at www.wapelra.org.

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