Leadership training is a continuous process within the daily life of COPA. It occurs as mentoring from an organizer or experience leader in a face-to-face meeting or a larger training workshop. Almost every meeting has a training component included on the agenda. The training curriculum includes organizing principles and topics such as Power, Qualities of a Leader, House Meetings, Individual Meetings, Problem vs. Issue, Action, Evaluation and more.
Experienced leaders have opportunities to attend 5-day regional and 8-day national trainings conducted by the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) and Southwest IAF regional issue conferences.