For over 70 years, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has assisted statistical organizations throughout the world with the collection, processing, analysis, dissemination, and use of economic and labor statistics. This assistance has been provided primarily by the Division of International Technical Cooperation (ITC), which strengthens statistical development by organizing seminars, consultations, and meetings for international visitors with BLS staff. Fees are charged for international training seminars and consultations. International visitors are welcome at BLS.
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Seminars in Washington, D.C.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) conducts seminars at its training facilities in Washington, D.C. for groups of three or more, upon request. BLS international training seminars bring together statisticians, economists, analysts, and other data users from countries all over the world. Each seminar includes lectures, discussions, and workshops. All BLS international training seminars are conducted in English, and a reading knowledge of English is desirable. Participants who are not proficient in English must arrange for and finance simultaneous interpretation. Additional information (program overview, course objectives, target audience) about the Bureau's international training seminars is available below.
Tuition for each one-week seminar is $2,200 per participant.
To attend a seminar in Washington, D.C., please see How to Attend an ITC Seminar.
BLS may conduct customized seminars in Washington, D.C. for groups of three or more upon request on topics related to labor statistics. For example, customized seminars may be conducted on: occupational safety and health statistics; compensation statistics; employment projections; or survey methods. Such seminars may range in duration from one day to one week. The content of each program can be uniquely designed to meet the needs of the participants. The cost of each program depends upon the program duration and any administrative costs incurred.
To request a customized seminar in Washington, D.C., please submit an online inquiry.
BLS may hold overseas seminars on selected topics in economic and labor statistics for participants from a particular country or region. Most overseas seminars are one to two weeks in duration.
The cost of overseas seminars depends upon the number of instructors required and the duration of the seminar. An overseas seminar may be cost-effective when a number of participants from one country or region need training in the same subject area. Due to the lead-time that is required to plan an overseas seminar, requests for such programs should be submitted to BLS at least six months in advance of the desired starting date.
To request an overseas seminar, please submit an online inquiry.
BLS also makes available technical experts to serve as consultants. The cost of these services includes the expert's salary and benefits for the duration of the consultation, airfare, lodging, meals, and other expenses, as well as an administrative fee.
To request a consultation, please submit an online inquiry. Requests should include a clear statement of the purpose of the consultation.
All trainees must complete a Training Application and Training Payment Agreement form to attend a seminar. Both forms are required to secure a space in the seminar. The financial sponsor must complete, sign, and return the Training Payment Agreement to BLS to finalize enrollment.
Training Applications and Training Payment Agreement forms may be completed online, or sent by mail, fax, or e-mail to:
Fax: (202) 691-5664
Both forms must include a complete mailing address and, if possible, telephone and fax numbers, and an e-mail address.
Payment for tuition, in U.S. dollars, is due at least ten business days before the trainee's arrival at the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Payment may be made by credit card or electronic funds transfer (EFT). BLS accepts MasterCard, VISA, American Express, and Discover. Please contact us for EFT information. BLS will only accept payment by check from a U.S. chartered bank. Tuition does not include the allowances necessary for housing, meals, and medical insurance. Do not include money in tuition payments to BLS that should be paid directly to the trainee for such allowances.
The Division of International Technical Cooperation arranges meetings at the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) for many international visitors each year. Visits are arranged for individuals, as well as for groups of all sizes. Visitors include economists, statisticians, researchers, analysts, managers, academics, trade union representatives, business leaders, and journalists. Visits are typically scheduled for one to two hours and are organized to meet the needs and interests of the visitors. If you are interested in a longer visit, please see the information on Customized Seminars.
Meetings are conducted in English. Non-English speaking visitors must bring their own interpreter.
Request a Visit
Requests for visits to BLS should be made as far in advance as possible. Please contact us to request a visit. Requests should include the following information:
Visitors are required to enter BLS through the 1st Street, NE entrance (between Massachusetts Avenue and G Street, NE) across from Union Station and are required to show photo identification, such as a passport, to gain entry into BLS. After verification, visitors will be screened with X-ray and metal detection equipment. Click here for directions to BLS.
For additional information about visiting the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), or for information about international training seminars, consultations, or meetings, please contact:
Telephone number: (202) 691-5666
Fax number: (202) 691-5664
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