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In 2009 the Valve Manufacturers Association developed "Valve Ed,” a valve, actuator and control training program tailored to the educational needs of the next generation—or anyone who needs a primer on the valve industry. More than a decade later, thousands of people across the industries that make and use valves have taken our Basics courses!


We have several options available for training:

  • Valve Basics Seminar & Exhibits. Held once a year, and featuring two 1.5-day sessions: the first on Industrial Valves and the second on Actuators, Controls & Control Systems, as well as our popular "Valve Petting Zoo," a hands-on experience.
  • Valve Basics Custom Training. For companies with 25 or more people needing basic education. For this program, VMA will come to your facility or teach the program at a nearby venue.
  • Valve Basics Online Training. A narrated presentation covering the basic valve and actuator types. Licenses are sold to individuals as well as group licenses, which provide significant savings.
  • COMING JUNE 2020! Webinars & Virtual Events. The world is changing and our ways of receiving education and training are changing along with it. Look for VMA to offer a variety of virtual education programs, from Webinars and Virtual Events, to Podcasts and Videos.

We also offer several additional products, which are available for sale in The VMA Store.



The Valve Manufacturers Association has now held close to 30 educational events featuring Valves, Actuators & Controls Basics. Since our Valve Ed program launched in 2009, nearly 3,000 people have participated in one of our educational programs.


Our next event is scheduled for Oct. 13-15, 2020 at the Houston Area Safety Council in Pasadena, TX. Visit the Valve Basics Seminar page for updates as they become available.


Lessons covered in the Valve Basics Seminar include:

  • An Introduction to the Valve Industry
  • Linear (Multi-turn) Valves
  • Check Valves
  • Quarter-turn Valves (plug, ball and butterfly)
  • Pressure-relief Valves
  • Fluid-powered Actuators
  • Solenoids
  • Control Valves & Systems
  • Valve Materials
  • Critical Service Applications & Valves
  • Valve Automation Controls
  • Electric Actuator Asset Monitoring, Feedback & Monitoring

Each event also includes tabletop exhibits and the opportunity to examine a wide variety of products in our popular "Valve Petting Zoo," featuring hands-on learning experiences.


For more information, contact Abby Brown, VMA education & training coordinator.



THE VALVE BASICS COURSE MANUAL (produced for use at VMA's Valves 101 courses), is available for sale. Not only does it contain 3-up copies of slides from the three-day course, your purchase also includes a link with more to view more than 800 half-page slides! The printed spiral-bound manual, several hundred pages in length, makes an excellent reference document for your office. You can purchase a print copy, as well as receive a PDF in The VMA Store. A limited number of print copies are available so order yours while they are still in stock. If you wish to place an order for 6 or more manuals, they can be special ordered. Email Abby Brown to receive a quote.


 VALVE BASICS ONLINE TRAINING (VBOT) is a way to get "the basics" when you can't make it to our live seminars. This online training course in 8 lessons features live narration and the ability to work at your own pace. Once you pay to access the program, you’ll receive a unique passcode. From the time you begin the course, you’ll have 90 days to finish. After successfully completing the quizzes at the end of each lesson, we’ll send you a Certificate of Completion and award you with the equivalent of 6 hours of continuing education. Find out more and secure your license in The VMA Store. (Note: Group licenses are available, offering a considerable discount for companies that would like to train multiple employees.)

AN INTRODUCTION TO THE VALVE INDUSTRY provides an excellent way to educate and inform new employees about the valve industry--its markets, history, types of products manufactured, standards and more. Available as a PDF, you can order An Introduction to the Valve Industry online and receive it within 24 hours. The file contains 100-plus slides and numerous pages of notes to enhance understanding of the material. Order it in The VMA Store.


ARE YOU INTERESTED IN MAINTENANCE & REPAIR ISSUES? Then you'll want to order our new compilation on this important subject. This 48-page spiral-bound manual contains 21 articles from VALVE Magazine's Maintenance & Repair columns. In addition, you can purchase either a printed copy or a PDF. Click here to order.


PAST ARTICLES FROM VALVE MAGAZINE MAKE GREAT EDUCATIONAL TOOLS. End users, specifiers, distributors, valve repair and service firms, manufacturers and others involved in the industry often look to previously published articles in VALVE Magazine. If you'd like review a list of articles published from 1993 through today, click here. You can select past articles (or entire issues) and order them through The VMA Store.



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