Leveling Up Your Employees

April 1, 2021

NIA offers numerous virtual education and training programs. With significant discounts for members and engineers, NIA offers distinct virtual learning programs and educational pathways to fit the needs of industry members at all career levels.


  • NIA’s Mechanical Insulation Basics (formerly known as “Mechanical Insulation Education and Awareness Campaign E-Learning Modules”)
  • Mechanical Insulation Installation Video Series


  • NIA’s Understanding Mechanical Insulation
  • NIA’s Understanding the Submittal Process
  • NIA’s Understanding Specifications
  • NIA’s Mechanical Insulation Design Guide


  • NIA’s Insulation Energy Appraisal Program™ (IEAP)Certification
  • NIA’s Thermal Insulation Inspector Certification™ Program

NIA Executive Vice President/CEO Michele M. Jones noted, “NIA is committed to being the insulation industry’s education and training leader, and we will continue to develop our offerings based on member and industry needs. If you are looking to expand your business services or level-up your insulation knowledge, we have a class for you!”

Mechanical Insulation Basics

Formerly known as “Mechanical Insulation Education and Awareness Campaign E-Learning Modules,” these self-paced, on-demand, e-learning modules are perfect for engineers and insulation personnel who are new to the industry. The series explains the types of insulation on the market, the science and technology of how insulation works, design questions that should be asked for every project, and basic insulation information to help beginners become more knowledgeable about the industry.

It will be available on demand in the coming months at www.insulation.org/basics.

Mechanical Insulation Installation Video Series

Created by the industry for the industry, these installation videos for contractors provide a general overview and basic how-to guide for mechanical insulation applications. Each video covers standard insulation information, incorporates consensus recommendations from the sponsoring manufacturers, and the applications demonstrated were completed by experienced field mechanics on piping and equipment mock-ups representing project applications.

It is available on demand at www.vimeo.com/niainfo.

NIA’s Understanding Mechanical Insulation

NIA’s Understanding Mechanical Insulation (formerly called “Introduction to Mechanical Insulation,” and Part 1 of the Thermal Insulation Inspector Certification Program) is available as a stand-alone course for those who have some experience in the insulation
industry to build on their knowledge of mechanical insulation, the industry, and its products. For more information, please visit www.insulation.org/training-tools/

Upcoming Class: May 11–12 (register by April 26).

NIA’s Understanding the Submittal Process

Coming in late 2021/early 2022, 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. For more information, please visit www.insulation.org/training-tools/submittals/ or email training@insulation.org.

Course dates to be announced on NIA’s website.

NIA’s Understanding Specifications

On March 2, NIA rolled out its newest offering, Understanding Specifications. Attendees enjoyed a special introductory rate for this 5-hour virtual course for the commercial and industrial insulation markets. Participants learned 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. Visit http://bit.ly/NIASpecCourse for more information.

NIA’s next course will take place on June 24, 2021, and registration will open soon.

NIA’s Mechanical Insulation Design Guide

This resource is a self-paced, online instruction guide that walks engineers,
specifiers, and contractors through the steps of proper insulation design, installation
practices, and insulation maintenance. Formerly known as the MIDG, the updated Design Guide examines the design considerations for a project; provides unique insulation calculators to determine insulation thickness, return on investment, and six other project calculations; and offers training on how to design many of the most common insulation systems.

Available online in the coming months at www.insulation.org/designguide.

Insulation Energy Appraisal Program (IEAP)/Certification

On April 14-15, NIA will offer its virtual IEAP, a 2-day course that teaches experienced insulation professionals how to determine the optimal insulation thickness and corresponding energy and dollar savings for a project. This refreshed, certification-level course is designed for participants who are looking to expand their skill set and companies that want to expand their business capabilities by adding insulation appraisals to show insulation’s return on investment to their customers. In just 2 days, participants learn how to conduct a facility walk-through, understand the tools necessary to complete the appraisal, and create a final report for customers. Visit https://bit.ly/NIAIEAP for more information.

Upcoming Class: April 14–15 (register by March 31).

Thermal Insulation Inspector Certification

Returning in May is NIA’s Thermal Insulation Inspector Certification Program, 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 certification-level course is designed for experienced insulation professionals ready to learn a new specialty and companies ready to offer insulation system inspection as part of their services. The course is beneficial for anyone who has responsibility for 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. Visit
http://bit.ly/NIAInspector for more information.

Upcoming Class: May 11–12 and 18–19 (register by April 26).

Private Courses

NIA programs are available to host as private courses exclusively for corporate teams and clients. NIA members receive significant discounts for all learning programs, and additional discounts are available to Gold-Elite Foundation Contributors and engineers.

Stay tuned—NIA has many other resources that will be announced during 2021. To learn more, visit www.insulation.org/training-tools or email training@insulation.org.