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The Census Bureau has a permanent international training staff and part-time instructors drawn from the Census Bureau and other institutions in the Washington, D.C. area. Instructors have experience working overseas and, typically, a number of years of experience with other operational divisions of the Census Bureau. The international staff consists of demographers, mathematical statisticians, survey statisticians, computer specialists, social science analysts, geographers, and other professionals.


Training programs cover both technical and non-technical skills. Course levels range from basic to advanced, and are appropriate for high and mid-level management, and technical staff (data analysts, programmers, GIS specialists, statisticians).

Training for statisticians and technicians is designed for participants who have had some working experience (at least a year) in national statistical programs. Formal educational background may vary from high school graduation to advanced university degrees. Depending on the subject of the workshop, academic training in mathematics, statistics, and demography or economics is desirable. Specialized programs, such as advanced geography workshops, require participants to have more specific skills. For programs conducted in English, the ability to communicate in English in speech and writing is also required.


Participants must have funding to cover all costs in order to attend a training program. The Census Bureau cannot provide funding for participants, nor can it make recommendations to a sponsoring agency on behalf of a prospective participant.


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