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 2024

The National Insulation Association (NIA) invites you to join your industry colleagues in person at the Naples Grande in Naples, FL, April 17-19, 2024.

NIA's 68th Annual Convention is the time for NIA members to reconnect with each other. This event will bring together the networking, educational, and entertainment events that you look forward to at our events! The Convention theme—Better Together—focuses on the progress our members and our industry can make when we are working together.

Convention attendees represent all segments of the mechanical insulation industry on a national level: merit and union contractors, distributors, fabricators, laminators, and manufacturers. This broad representation of the industry allows attendees many opportunities to gain new business contacts, network, and build relationships. Spouses, guests, and children are encouraged to attend.

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 will take place October 28-29, 2024 at the MGM National Harbor, Maryland.

NIA's Thermal Insulation Inspector Certificationis a 2-part, 4-day course to educate insulation inspectors on how to evaluate installation work and determine whether it is compliant with mechanical insulation specifications. This course is designed for experienced participants and can help companies extend their business offerings to include inspections. The course is helpful for anyone who has responsibility for a wide range of responsibilities, including contracts, maintenance, business development, quality assurance (QA)/quality control (QC), project oversight, safety, inspections, estimating, management, product development, mechanical insulation system design, and specification development.

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.

With a new, fresh look, NIA's Insulation Energy Appraisal Program (IEAP) is a 2-day course that teaches students how to determine the optimal insulation thickness and corresponding energy and dollar savings for a project. The course is designed for participants who have industry experience and companies that want to expand their business capabilities by adding insulation appraisals to show insulation's return on investment to their customers. Participants will learn how to conduct a facility walk-through, understand the tools necessary to complete the appraisal, and how to create a final report for customers.

NIA's Understanding Specifications is a 5-hour virtual course for the commercial and industrial insulation markets. Participants will learn about the purpose and complexity of specifications, how they vary between market segments, and how to apply that knowledge to benefit their company. The course has been designed to benefit multiple audience segments involved in the design and application of mechanical insulation for both new construction and maintenance.

NIA’s Understanding the Submittal Process will teach students how to identify the type and scope of submittal requirements, the components and importance of the submittal package, and the purpose of the submittal process.