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We're pleased to announce contributions to the Education & Training program from the following VMA member companies and organizations:


Allied Valve

ASCO Valve, Inc. - Emerson Industrial Automation

AUMA Actuators Inc.

Cameron Valves & Measurement

Conval Inc.

CRANE Flow Solutions


DFT Inc.

Emerson Process Management


GE Energy

Global Flow Technologies

KITZ Corporation of America

Manufacturers Standardization Society

Metso Automation

Moog Flo-Tork

Mueller Co.

Pentair (formerly Tyco Flow Control)

Richards Industries

Rotork Controls

Rotork Controls (Canada) Ltd.

The Russell & Beverly Ginn Foundation

United Valve

Unitorq Actuators & Controls

Valve Repair Council


Velan Valve

Watson Grinding & Manufacturing

For more information on donating to the scholarship fund or sponsoring a Valve Education event, or some other aspect of VMA's educational program, please contact Abby Brown.


With support from the Friends of the Crawford Library, Inc., an educational foundation, 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.


We have three options available for training:

  • Valve Basics Seminar & Exhibits. Held once or twice a year at a set location, and featuring 3 days 101-level lessons, 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.

We also offer several additional products, which are available for sale in The VMA Store. Watch for new article compilations coming soon!



The Valve Manufacturers Association has now held some 20 educational events featuring Valves, Actuators & Controls 101. Since our Valve Ed program launched in 2009, nearly 2,000 people have participated in one of our educational programs.


Our next 3-day event takes place Oct. 3-5, 2017 at the Houston Area Safety Council in Pasadena, TX. Registration will open mid-June. Visit the Valve Basics Seminar page for updates.


The 101 portion of the course includes:

  • An Introduction to the Valve Industry
  • Linear (Multi-turn) Valves
  • Check Valves
  • Quarter-turn Valves
  • Pressure-relief Valves
  • Actuators: pneumatic, hydraulic and electric
  • Solenoids
  • Control Valves & Systems

And these special topics are also offered:

  • Packings & Fugitive Emissions
  • Valve Materials
  • Critical Service Applications & Valves
  • Controls--On/Off Power for Fluid Powered Actuators
  • Valve Data, Feedback & Asset Monitoring
  • Valve Repair

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.



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.


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.


THE BACK TO BASICS COMPILATION is a collection of 17 articles from Valve Magazine’s Back to Basics series makes a great training tool for newcomers to the industry and new employees. The 80-page, spiral-bound, full-color Back to Basics Compilation has been flying off the shelves since we first released it in spring 2009. Find out why it's so popular, and order your copy through The VMA Store.


Plus, our ACTUATORS & CONTROLS COMPILATION—with 24 articles on these important products—can also be ordered through The VMA Store.




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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