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tuesday, may 12                                                                        

valves & actuators 101

Introduction to the Industry
Multi-turn Valves

Check Valves
Quarter-turn Valves

Pressure-relief Valves
Actuators—Hydraulic & Pneumatic

Exhibits Open (p.m.)

wednesday, may 13                                                                 

controls & accessories101

Exhibits Open (a.m.)

Solenoid Valves

Actuator Accessories

Control Valves

Hands-on Instruction at the "Valve Petting Zoo”

thursday, may 14                                                                      

valves 201 - NEW!

Valve Standards

Fugitive Emissions

Valve Materials

Critical Service Applications & Valves

Valve Data, Feedback & Asset Monitoring

Valve Repair



Valve Basics Seminar & Exhibits



DAY 2: CONTROLS & accessories101

Day 3: valves 201


May 12-14, 2015


Can't make the Charlotte event in May? Check back in June to register for the next course, Oct. 21-23 in San Antonio, TX


About the Program

More than 1,000 people have already attended our highly rated VMA's Valve Basics Seminars. The Valves, Actuators & Controls 101 program began as a 1-day course and eventually was expanded to 2 days. And now, a Day 3 is being added to focus on more intermediate topics. We suggest newcomers to our program attend all three days, and those who have participated in previous Basics programs are invited to attend the third day, with all new programming.

We will continue to hold our popular "Valve Petting Zoo,” which provides a hands-on experience with the products covered during the course, as well as offer a tabletop exhibition after courses are complete on Day 1, and before classes start on the morning of Day 2.



Who Should Attend?


This course was created specifically for newcomers to the industry so it is ideally suited for recent graduates and engineers in the early stages of their careers. The course also works well for:

  • A variety of professionals employed at plants and facilities that use valves, actuators and controls
  • More experienced professionals with knowledge of one specific product type but in need of an overview of the entire spectrum of valves, actuators and controls.
  • New employees at valve, actuator and control companies
  • Personnel from EPC or AEC firms who are involved with specifying valves
  • Distributors and manufacturers' reps who sell these products
  • Companies that provide supplies and services to the industry
  • And anyone who could use a refresher course on valves, actuators and controls!

The Valve Basics course has also been well-received by upper-level mechanical engineering students who have attended previous seminars. Their participation is made possible by scholarships from our educational foundation, and we have set aside 10 slots at each seminar to help educate the next generation about the world of valves.




  • U.S. or Canadian companies that sell or provide services to valve, actuator and control manufacturers and end users of those products or services.
  • Non-member manufacturers, suppliers and distributor/channel partners may register, but only if they are U.S. or Canadian based and would qualify for VMA or VRC membership.

If you are not sure whether your company qualifies, please contact Judy Tibbs before registering.


Attendee registration is open to all in the industry. Registration fees are as follows:

  • Days 1, 2 & 3: $1,000 ($955 for additional personnel from the same company)
  • Days 1 & 2: $725 ($690 for additional personnel from same company)
  • Day 3 only: $450 ($425 for additional personnel from the same company)

This fees above covers continental breakfasts, lunches, snack breaks and a late afternoon reception on the afternoon of Day 1 and morning of Day 2, and the Valve Petting Zoo on Day 2. Attendees also receive a manual and earn a VMA Certificate of Completion for education credits.

Exhibitor registration
is $550 for VMA/VRC members and $650 for non-members. The exhibit registration fee covers your table, attendee list, lunch, afternoon break and reception attendance, for two company representatives. It takes place during the afternoon hours Day 1 and the morning of Day 2 If you wish to register your representatives to attend the Valve Basics Seminar, you will receive a discount of $100 off the current attendee price.



The last day to make hotel reservations for the upcoming Valve Basics Seminar at Hilton University Charlotte was April 17th . The Hilton University Charlotte may still have rooms but non-discounted rates will apply. CLICK HERE to check out web rates for the Hilton University Charlotte and other hotels in University Place. VMA does not have a contracted block with these hotels but rates are available at the Hilton Charlotte University and other hotels in the area for under $200.

Registration Cancellation Policies

  • Cancellations received up to 30 days before the event are refundable, minus a 5% registration service charge.
  • Cancellations received between 15 and 29 days before the event are 75% refundable.
  • Due to hotel and other event guarantees, cancellations received between 0 and 14 days prior to the day of the event are non-refundable.

 All cancellations must be in writing to



Program content: Abby Brown or Judy Tibbs

Registration: Malena Malone-Blevins

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