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The Valve Basics Seminar & Exhibits features three full days of learning and hands-on instruction. New this year is the option to take a 1.5-day Valve 101 course or a 1.5-day Valves 201 course—or both! This program was created for newcomers but many well experienced employees also find the courses beneficial. Recent graduates, engineers and other personnel in a variety of companies that make, use, specify and sell valves and accessories will be among the attendees.

11/12/2019 to 11/14/2019
When: November 12-14, 2019
7:30 am - 6:00 pm
Where: Houston Area Safety Council
5213 Center St, Pasadena, TX 77505
Pasadena, Texas  77505
United States
Contact: Malena Malone-Blevins, Meetings Manager
202-331-8105 ext. 310

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2019 Valve Basics - Fall Program



More than 2,000 people have taken one of VMA's highly rated Valve Basics courses since the program was introduced in 2009. During the past decade, our Valves, Actuators & Controls 101 has expanded dramatically. What began as a 1-day course became 2 days, and then recently has included three full days of education & training. Based on feedback from attendees, we are modifying the curriculum to create two separate courses, each lasting one-and-a-half days.


The first course, Industrial Valves & Materials, will cover the type of basic information that everyone in the industry should know—perfect for those who are very new to working with valves. The 101 course includes an overview of the industry, as well as lessons on multi-turn, check, plug, ball and butterfly, pressure relief valves and materials.


The more complex flow control products that employ electronics and automation will be covered in in the 201 course: Control Valves, Automation and Special Applications.


As in the past, each event includes a hands-on learning experience—the Valve Petting Zoo—that focuses on products covered in the classroom portion of the program, as well as an table top exhibition. 




  • A variety of professionals employed at plants and facilities that use or work with 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!



To provide a large space in which to conduct our hands-on learning experience, this event is being held at the Houston Area Safety Council (5213 Center Street, Pasadena, TX 77505). The council has a state-of-the-art training facility and abundant workshop space where products for the "Valve Petting Zoo" can be displayed, from large to small, from mechanical to electric.



REGISTRATION - Please see program for full details 

Attendee registration includes entry to either one or both courses, participation in the valve petting zoo, tabletop exhibit attendance, all meal functions, a spiral-bound color manual with copies of slides and a VMA certificate of completion (professional development hours based on courses attended). Registration is open to both members of VMA/VRC and non-members





1. FULL REGISTRATION - $1,175/ $1,250 after Aug 31st. Covers both  the 101 and 201 courses from Nov 12-14th 


2. 101 COURSES - $600/$650 after Aug 31. Covers all the 101 courses from Nov 12th until 12:45 pm Nov 13th. (inludes lunch)


3. 201 COURSES - $600/$650 after Aug 31. Covers advanced 201 courses from 11:15 pm November 13 until 6 pm November 14th




1. FULL REGISTRATION - $1,100/ $1,175 after Aug 31st. Covers both  the 101 and 201 courses from Nov 12-14th 


2. 101 COURSES - $550/$600 after Aug 31. Covers all the 101 courses from Nov 12th until 12:45 pm Nov 13th. (includes lunch)


3. 201 COURSES - $550/$600 after Aug 31. Covers advanced 201 courses from 11:15 pm November 13 until 6 pm November 14th 


First registrant and additional registrant do not have to take the same courses for additional registrants to qualify for the discount.


Exhibit only registration allows an attendee entrance into the exhibit area during the specified exhibit interaction times. This registration does not include attendance to any part of the three-day seminar. Exhibit hours are held at the end of the first two days of the seminar along with a reception offering a variety of beverages and snacks.


1. Exhibit Only Registration - $75 attend the table top exhibit both days Nov 12 & Nov 13th

2. Exhibit Only Registration - $50 attend the table top exhibit either Nov 12 or Nov 13th 




Several hotels are available within a few miles of the Houston Area Safety Council. There are not room blocks at these hotels so please make your reservations directly with the hotel of your choice.


  • Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Houston/Pasadena - 832-664-8870
  • Hampton Inn & Suites Houston/Pasadena - 281-998-3300
  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites Deer Park - 281-479-9888
  • Home2Suites by Hilton Houston/Pasadena - 281-991-1055
  • Super 8 Pasadena - 281-487-8882


  • 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 event the day are non-refundable.
  • All cancellations must be in writing to Malena Malone Blevins, Meetings Manager 
  • ONLY VMA staff can make changes to existing registration. Substitutions accepted. 



Malena Malone Blevins, Meetings Manager, 202-331-8105 ext. 310 or 


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