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Accelerate Your Training Efforts

(October 2013) posted on Fri Oct 04, 2013

A better educated staff will revitalize your shop.

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Graphics of the Americas Expo ( will kick off the 2014 tradeshow season, February 27 through March 4, 2014, at the Miami Beach Convention Center in Florida. Its educational sessions typically hit on topics ranging from wide-format printing and production to prepress, digital printing, and more; many sessions are offered in Spanish. The conference will feature Digital Classroom Live! presented by the American Graphics Institute. The event is managed by the Printing Association of Florida.

The ISA International Sign Expo ( is scheduled for April 23-26, 2014, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. This year’s show featured more than 40 educational offerings, including six AIA-approved sessions. In addition, it offered sessions/events on dynamic digital signage, including details on how a shop could incorporate this technology into its business. The ISA also offers an International Sign Academy program via its website ( The academy includes webinars, online training courses, and onsite seminars on topics including installation and service, production and fabrication, design, sales and marketing, LEED certification, project management, and more.

PhotoPlus Conference+Expo 2013 ( will be held October 24-26 at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. Attendees can choose from more than 90 seminars and hands-on workshops covering the digital-imaging industry, including “Fine Art Digital Printing,” “Printing 101: Put Your Pictures on Paper,” and others.

Print13 (, produced by the Graphic Arts Show Company, took place September 8-12, 2013, in Chicago’s McCormick Place. See our August issue, page 26, for details. Its sister event, Graph Expo, is scheduled for 2014.

At the 2013 SGIA Expo ( in Orlando, October 23-25, attendees have access to more than 40 educational sessions as well as sales-free Zones with educational theaters. Four educational tracks are offered: Graphics & Sign, Garment Decoration, Industrial Application; and Business Management; plus, SGIA is hosting a Printed Electronics & Membrane Switch Symposium the day before the expo begins. (See pg. xx for more information on SGIA Expo.) Its PDAA-certification test takes place October 22 in Orlando. SGIA also hosts workshops and seminars throughout the year on graphics/signage, garment decoration, installation, and other topics.

Conferences and associations
Many industry-related associations offer training and education events, generally focused upon their members’ particular market niche. Keep in mind that, for these types of events, you typically must be a member to attend (conferences without association ties are open events).