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While many in-person events have been postponed, VMA's education programming and events will still take place...


experts & economists help you PLAN YOUR BUDGET FOR 2021

This popular workshop will take place Aug. 6-7, 2020. Go to for program information.


VMA/VRC Annual meeting

Plans will be finalized soon and posted on

Valve Basics Seminar
The Ultimate event for learning the basics

Valves 101: Industrial Valves & Materials
Valves 202: Control Valves, Automation & Special Applications


We're currently adapting the course format to best suit the industry's needs. Once plans are finalized, we'll post them here:


VALVE forum
A content-rich Program with technical, manufacturing and management/marketing topics

Information will be posted as soon as it becomes available:



VMA's Basics program can be held at end-user, engineering firms and valve manufacturers' locations. We'll provide customized training on valves, actuators & controls adapted to your company’s business and training needs. Perfect for when you have more than 25 employees in need of training!


We’re currently booking custom events for early 2021. Don’t wait until travel has resumed as we have a limited number of slots open each year. Find out more:


VMA Virtual


Learn, Network and Connect!


No matter the circumstances, business intelligence, product and manufacturing innovations and trends, and personal relationships are needed to succeed and thrive in your career. The Valve Manufacturers Association is known for its learning and networking opportunities, and while those have taken place in-person, VMA is now facilitating these same things virtually.

  • Webinars
  • Virtual Member Roundtables
  • Valve Basics Online Training

Easy, Quick and Affordable

Expert speakers, timely content and Q&A sessions – all from your desk at home or in the office. Typically lasting 60-90 minutes, participants can join our webinars live or view a recording. VMA’s webinars will cover a broad range of subjects appropriate for all company employees, as well as companies and customers in the valve, automation and flow control industry.


Here's a few of webinars being scheduled this summer:

  • Learn to Properly Size Check Valves
  • COVID-19: An Employment Lawyer Talks About What's to Come
  • Risk and Resiliency Planning
  • Standards Update
  • Valve Repair topics
  • And much more!

Call for Topics and Speakers: Have a topic you’d like to present on? Let us know! Please note that all submissions must include the title, a 25- to 50-word description, learning objectives and speaker information. They must be educational in nature.


Sponsorships: Interested in sponsoring VMA's webinar program or a specific webinar? Contact Heather Rhoderick.


Virtual Roundtables

Member company employees with similar interests can now meet virtually to network, connect, exchange ideas and stay current on relevant issues for their job or current situation.

  • Find business contacts to help you solve problems and improve performance
  • Learn about other companies in the industry
  • Share your expertise and be viewed as a leader to your company and industry
  • Find a mentor
  • Demonstrate your commitment to your employer, job and industry

Interested? Sign up now


Groups are being formed around these areas: Human Resources, Young Professionals, New to the Industry, Engineering staff, Manufacturing personnel, Women in the Industry, IT staff and COVID-19.  Please note these groups are for VMA members only.

Valve Basics Online Training (VBOT)
For Home or Office, Start Learning Now!

This short course on Valve, Actuator and Control basics is available 24/7 and provides a balanced overview of introductory level information on valves, actuators and other flow control and automation equipment. Perfect for anyone specifying, manufacturing, distributing, modifying, repairing or selling valves—whether you are new to the industry, need a refresher, or even if you are in an office support function and want to learn more about the industry.


This online training course provides basic information in 8 lessons featuring narration and the ability to work at your own pace. Once you pay to access the program, you’ll begin the course, with 90 days to finish. Find out more and secure your license in The VMA Store.

  • Completely narrated and presented in 8 lessons, with quizzes to test your knowledge
  • Topics include an Overview of the Industry, Check, Linear, Quarter-turn, PRVs, Control Valves and Actuators
  • Earn 6 PDHs and receive a VMA Certificate of Completion
  • Accessible via the cloud—no downloads required
  • Obtain individual licenses through The VMA Store
  • Group licenses with significant discounts are offered; contact VMA for group pricing


Education Credits: All VMA educational programs offer professional development hours.


Questions? Contact  Judy Tibbs, VMA education director




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