Training & Tools


NIA is committed to industry advancement and offers access to a variety of training opportunities and online tools for NIA members and non-members. The following resources are designed to advance your business and increase your industry and technical knowledge. With significant discounts for members, NIA offers numerous distinct virtual learning programs and educational pathways to fit the needs of industry members at various career levels. Courses are classified as beginning, intermediate, or advanced level.

NIA can customize presentations and training programs for your company. For more information about customized trainings, or questions about NIA's trainings or tools, please email

Advanced Course

A two-part, four-day course to educate insulation inspectors on how to evaluate installation work and determine whether it is compliant with mechanical insulation specifications. The 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.

Advanced Course

A two-day course that teaches experienced insulation professionals how to determine the optimal insulation thickness and corresponding energy and dollar savings for a project. 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.

Beginner Course

Formerly known as “Mechanical Insulation Education and Awareness Campaign E-Learning Modules,” these are self-paced, on demand, e-learning modules. 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 knowledgeable about the industry.

Intermediate Course

Formerly called Introduction to Mechanical Insulation, and Part 1 of the Thermal Insulation Inspector Certification™ Program is available as a 2-day stand-alone course for those who have some experience in the insulation industry to make them more knowledgeable about mechanical insulation and its products.

Intermediate Course

A five-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.

Intermediate Course

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.

Course Formats


Learn from the comfort of your office or home, and save money on travel and accommodations.


Private classes for your team and guests. The classes may be virtual or in person. Train your team—anywhere, anytime!

In Person

Be a part of a group that learns together in a peer-to-peer setting. This class format may resume later in 2021.

On Demand

Self-paced, online resources that are available anytime you need them.

Online Tools

Insulation Installation Videos

These installation videos cover 7 different insulation topics and provide a general overview and basic how-to guide for mechanical insulation applications. Available in English and Spanish.

System Design/MIDG

This Mechanical Insulation Design Guide (MIDG) is designed to assist both novice and knowledgeable users in the design, selection, specification, installation, and maintenance of mechanical insulation.

Specs & Codes

The Insulation Science Glossary contains a list of basic and advance insulation industry terms and their definitions. It is reviewed quarterly by NIA’s Technical Information Committee.

Insulation Calculators

The MIDG includes 8 mechanical insulation calculators for the industrial, manufacturing, and commercial markets—they are fast, free, and functional tools for calculating energy savings, financial returns, and more.

On Demand Videos

NIA’s Education Center is a new concept in training and education for the insulation industry to meet the growing need for easily accessible, on-demand training from a trusted industry source. With more than 30 topics in development, it will be the go-to national resource for information and training tools specifically designed for anyone who is involved in the mechanical insulation industry.