NIA’s meetings and events are designed to meet the needs of our members and provide valuable networking opportunities, educational programming, and the chance to be involved in industry issues and planning. Our primary meetings take place at NIA’s Annual Convention and the Fall Summit. For more information on all of our meetings and educational programming, please email


Annual Convention 2021

NIA is excited to announce an in-person Annual Convention from October 26–28, 2021, at MGM National Harbor, Maryland (outside Washington, DC).

NIA’s Fall Summit is a members-only meeting and is designed to “Educate, Engage, Elevate.” This meeting allows attendees to focus on the business of the industry and discuss the latest industry issues from a peer-to-peer national perspective. The Fall Summit event is not taking place in 2021.

NIA's Thermal Insulation Inspector Certification is a four-day course educates participants on how to inspect and verify that the materials and the insulation system have been installed in accordance with the mechanical insulation specifications. The certification program will educate you on mechanical insulation, and on how to identify potential areas of concern during initial installation or ongoing operations.

There are two levels:

  • Introduction to Mechanical Insulation (two-day course)
  • Thermal Insulation Inspector Certification (full four-day course)

To become a Certified Thermal Insulation Inspector, class participants must complete both levels and receive a passing grade on the final examination at the end of each level.

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With a new, fresh look, NIA's Insulation Energy Appraisal Program (IEAP) is a two-day course that teaches attendees how to determine the optimal insulation thickness and corresponding energy and dollar savings for a project. The program gives participants the necessary information to provide facility managers a better understanding of the true dollar and performance value of their insulated systems. This course educates participants on how to conduct a facility walkthrough, use the 3E Plus® software, utilize infrared cameras during inspections, understand steam efficiencies, analyze and complete an appraisal spreadsheet, and present your customer with a final report.

NIA's Understanding Specifications is a five-hour course for insulation professions to explain the purpose and complexity of specifications, how they vary between market segments, and how to use that knowledge to benefit your company. Course topics range from learning how a specification is developed to how codes, standards, regulations, and guidelines are intertwined in specifications to problem areas such as conflicting information and the consequences of a “bad specification.”