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With support from the Friends of the Crawford Library, Inc., an educational foundation, in 2009 the Valve Manufacturers Association developed "Valve Ed,” a valve and actuator training program tailored to the educational needs of the next generation—or anyone who needs a primer on the valve industry.

  • Registration is open for the next 3-day Valves, Actuators & Controls 101, Oct. 21-23 in San Antonio, TX.
  • In 2016, we have scheduled two Valve Basics Seminars & Exhibits: April 17-19 in Rosemont (Chicago), IL, and Oct. 18-20 in Houston.


The Valve Manufacturers Association has now held 13 events featuring the Valves, Actuators & Controls 101 educational session, and nearly 1,300 people have participated! In 2015 the program has expanded from two to three days. Attendees may register for all three days, or those who have participated in previous basics programs may wish to register for the third day only -- the 201 portion -- which will cover all-new material.


The 101 portion of the course includes.

  • An Introduction to the Valve Industry
  • Multi-turn Valves
  • Check Valves
  • Quarter-turn Valves
  • Pressure-relief Valves
  • Actuators: pneumatic, hydraulic and electric
  • Solenoids
  • Actuator Accessories, including Positioners and Limit Switches
  • Control Valves & Systems

The 201 portion of the course covers:

  • Valve Standards
  • Packings & Fugitive Emissions
  • Valve Materials
  • Critical Service Applications & Valves
  • 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."


VMA is presenting its next Valves, Actuators & Controls 101 and 201 course, Oct. 21-22-23, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Riverwalk, San Antonio, TX. Registration is now open. For more information, contact Abby Brown, VMA Education Coordinator.


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



Pentair (formerly Tyco Flow Control) (2009)


GOLD LEVEL ($5,000):

CRANE Flow Solutions (2010)
Manufacturers Standardization Society (2015)
The Russell & Beverly Ginn Foundation (2009)


SILVER LEVEL ($2,500):

AUMA Actuators Inc. (2009)
DFT Inc. (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)
GE Energy (2012)
Velan Valve (2009, 2011)
United Valve (2012)


BRONZE LEVEL ($1,750):

Conval Inc. (2009 & 2010)
FluoroSeal (2009)
United Valve (2009 & 2010)


AUMA Actuators Inc. (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)


Mueller Co. (2015)

Watson Grinding & Manufacturing (2014, 2015)


Click here to make to make a donation to VMA's educational foundation, the Friends of the Crawford Library, Inc., to provide a scholarship for a senior-level mechanical engineering student to attend a Valve Ed course. Or, sponsor one of the Valve Ed events to let the industry know you support VMA's educational efforts -- plus, receive a complimentary pass to attend an upcoming basics course.

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.



VALVE BASICS ONLINE TRAINING (VBOT) is VMA's newest educational offering. When you can't make it to our live seminars, VBOT is the next best online training course in 8 lessons featuring 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 manufacturered, 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 akes 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 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.


In 1982, valve industry leader and philanthropist William F. Crawford generously provided a grant to the Valve Manufacturers Association through The Crawford Family Foundation of Chicago. Learn what inspired Crawford to support the industry’s educational efforts and how that legacy is being used today to educate a new generation. Read more here.



The story that started it all, "Who Will Run Tomorrow's Plants?" was originally published in a 2006 issue of Valve Magazine. Once this article appeared, VMA and its members began to realize that someone needed to take the lead in educating newcomers to the industry. Following the recommendation of VMA's Communications Committee, the VMA Board approved the formation of the Education & Training Committee, to begin work on a basic valve education program.


In a 2008 edition of Valve Magazine, we presented another article, "Reaching Out to Tomorrow's Workforce," which discussed how to prepare the next generation of workers to staff and manage plants and facilities that use and make valves. The conclusion? It won't be easy but some innovative programs in other industries are underway.


more Calendar

9/30/2015 » 10/2/2015
2015 VMA Annual Meeting

10/21/2015 » 10/23/2015
2015 Valve Basics Seminar & Exhibits (San Antonio) ATTENDEE

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