Institutes are offered year-round on campus or online. Every program is a high-quality noncredit course taught by university faculty, typically intended for union members, officers and staff, and other worker advocates seeking to advance their knowledge and skills.

All fall 2020 institutes will be held online through three different formats: Virtual Classroom, Self-Paced Institute and Blended Institute. Click here to learn more or click here for the Fall 2020 Program Guide.

In concordance with the UW–Madison campus decision and to best support our community, School for Workers faculty and staff are participating in social distancing. We are still available to you remotely and are actively continuing our mission with online sessions. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us during this time. To learn more about UW–Madison’s efforts and decisions related to COVID-19, visit

Online institutes: Registration is to be completed online here by the registration close date listed with the class. You will receive a confirmation e-mail after registering. Additionally, registrants will receive a tutorial prior to the class start date addressing online learning best practices and how to easily navigate their online institute.

In-person institutes: Registration is required two weeks prior to the first class day and can be completed online here or by calling School for Workers at 608-262-2112.

Online institutes: Tuition is due 24-hours prior to your class start date and is accepted only online at After completing the registration you will automatically be connected to the secure online payment site.

In-person institutes: Payment is due 14 days before the class start date. Credit card payments can be made over the phone at 608-262-2112 or make a check payable to UW-Madison and mail to School for Workers at: 610 Langdon Street, Room 229 / Madison, WI 53703. Registration payment includes tuition, instructional materials, lunches, and breaks unless otherwise noted in the program description. Do not include lodging fees in your payments to School for Workers; lodging reservations are made between the individual and the Lowell Center. See more information about lodging.

On-campus programs are held at the Pyle Center, the campus conference center, located at 702 Langdon Street, Madison WI 53706. Learn more about the Pyle Center.

On-campus program participants are responsible for arranging their own lodging. We encourage you to secure your lodging soon after registering for your class to ensure a hotel room for your stay in Madison.

The Lowell Center has a block of rooms available for class participants to reserve from. Please note rooms are released 30 days prior to the class start date. To reserve your room at the Lowell Center call 1.866.301.1753 and state you are registered with School for Workers or click on your class below to access the online room block booking.