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The Training Track

(September 2012) posted on Thu Aug 30, 2012

Hit the classroom – real or virtual – to learn new skills and refine existing practices.

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And the ISA offers an International Sign Academy program via its website ( The Sign Academy offers webinars and onsite seminars on topics including installation and service, production and fabrication, design, sales and marketing, LEED certification, project management, and more. Plus, ISA members can take advantage of various webinars throughout the year (live and recorded).

Attendees at PDN’s PhotoPlus Expo ( can choose from a variety of seminars and hands-on workshops covering the digital-imaging industry. PMA 2012 will be held October 25-27 at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City.

The 2013 DIMA Conference, January 6-7 at Bally’s, is part of PMA 2013 (, and will offer various educational sessions within these categories: retail strategy, photo publishing, consumer video, camera phone imaging, social media, and professional imaging. PMA@CES will take place January 8-11 at both Bally’s and the Las Vegas Hilton, and is held concurrently with the massive Consumer Electronics Show; its two educational tracks will include one for trends/technology, and one for retail strategy.

At the 2012 SGIA Expo ( in Las Vegas, October 18-20, attendees can take advantage of dozens of educational offerings. Educational seminar tracks include: Graphics & Sign; Garment Decoration; Industrial Imaging; Graphics Installers; and Business Management. More than 30 seminars will be offered, including: “Directions in Wide-Format Equipment Development,” “Understanding Today's Print Buyer,” “Identifying and Reaching the New Consumer for the Graphic Communications Marketplace,” “Make Your Wide-Format Digital Printer Last,” Capitalizing on Sustainability,” “UV LED Curing for Digital and Screen Printing,” and “New Revenue Opportunities for Wide-Format Digital.” (See page 26 for an in-depth preview.) In addition, SGIA hosts various workshops and seminars throughout the year on graphics/signage, garment decoration, installation, printed electronics, and industrial printing.

Conferences, associations, and more
The many industry-related associations offer myriad 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 an associate member to attend (conferences without association ties are open events). And note that some of these associations also offer some online training courses and/or white papers, etc.