How to apply to be entered on the list of trade unions

This guidance sets out the application process for organisations that wish to apply to be listed on the Certification Officer’s list of trade unions as well as some of the advantages of being on the list and some of the statutory obligations of trade unions.



It is intended for guidance only and should not be regarded as a complete or authoritative statement of the law.

It contains sections on:

  • What is a trade union?

  • Advantages of being on the Certification Officer’s list

  • Statutory obligations for the trade unions

  • How to make application to have name entered in the list of Trade Unions

  • Application accepted or refused

Published 3 May 2018