The Division of International Technical Cooperation (ITC) of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) strengthens statistical development around the world through technical cooperation, seminars, and customized training programs. For over 65 years, BLS has assisted statistical organizations throughout the world in the collection, processing, analysis, dissemination, and use of labor statistics. Fees are charged for seminars, customized training programs, and consultants. Short-term international visitors are welcome at BLS.
Each year, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) conducts seminars at its training facilities in Washington, D.C. BLS international seminars bring together statisticians, economists, analysts, and other data users from countries all over the world. Each one-week seminar includes lectures, discussions, and workshops. All BLS international 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. BLS international training seminar descriptions include the seminar dates, cost, target audience, objectives, and program overview.
The application deadline for scheduled seminars is one month prior to the start date of the seminar. If the application deadline has passed and you would like to attend, please contact us to inquire about late registration.
Scheduled 2013 Seminars
Seminar tuition for each one-week seminar is $2,400 per participant.
Customized seminars at BLS
In addition to scheduled seminars, BLS may be able to arrange customized seminars on topics related to labor statistics in Washington, D.C. Please contact us with your request.
All trainees must complete a Training Application and a Training Payment Agreement 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.
Telephone: (202) 691-5666
Fax: (202) 691-7900
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All inquiries 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 before the trainee's arrival at the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Payment may be made by electronic funds transfer (EFT) or credit card. 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, local transportation, and medical insurance. Do not include money in tuition payments to BLS that should be paid directly to the trainee for such allowances.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) may hold overseas seminars on selected topics in labor statistics for participants from a particular country or region. Most overseas seminars are from 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 where a number of participants from one country or region need training in the same subject area. Because of the lead-time that is required to plan an overseas seminar, requests for such programs should be submitted to BLS at least four 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. Requests for technical experts should include a clear statement of the purpose of the consultation.
To request a consultation, please submit an online inquiry.
The Division of International Technical Cooperation organizes 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.
Meetings are conducted in English. Non-English speaking visitors must bring their own interpreter. Every visit is unique and is organized to meet the needs and interests of the visitor(s).
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:
Everyone is required to enter the BLS through the First Street, NE entrance (between Massachusetts Avenue and G Street, NE) across from Union Station. Everyone is 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 the BLS.
For additional information about visiting the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), or for information about international training seminars or programs, please contact:
Division of International Technical Cooperation
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
2 Massachusetts Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20212-0001
Telephone number: (202) 691-5666
Fax number: (202) 691-7900
E-mail: Contact us