IDAExpo Education!  Workshops, IDEA Testing, Speakers & More!


You can’t afford to miss the educational programming at IDAExpo 2018!

Each year, IDEA produces two full days of seminars covering the most timely and critical challenges and opportunities facing door and access systems dealers. Attendees take away solutions, new ideas and answers to critical questions that benefit their companies and enhance profitability, efficiency and overall performance. Stay tuned for more information!

IDEA 3 Two-Day Technical Schools

The IDEA will present three two-day schools Wednesday and Thursday, April 25-26, 2018. The two-day Rolling Steel/Rolling Steel Fire Door course will be presented along with a two-day school on Residential and Commerical Sectional Doors, plus the Automated Gate Systems Designer two-day school will be offered again.  All run concurrently. The classes are intended for experienced technicians and are not hands-on training courses.

Click Here 2-Day School Information


CEU Eligible Courses

All courses are CEU-eligible for IDEA Accredited Door Dealers, Certified Technicians and Certified Door Dealer Consultants. The CEU credit is equal to the length of the seminar.



for information on educational courses and certification programs offered by the IDEA.

For more information on educational courses and testing contact:

Michelle Hardisty
Phone: (937) 698-1027 • Fax: (877) 702-8097

Saturday, April 28, 2018 • 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Industrial Motor Control and Wiring

IDEA Panel

Open to fully registered attendees or register separately.

Learn how common industrial motor control parts work, what they do, and how to use them. Learn how to wire different types of control systems and how everything works together.


“We attend the IDAExpo regularly and especially look forward to the educational aspects of the event. It provides us the opportunity to get to know and network with some great people in this industry.”

– David Ziegehorn
Garage Door Company of Sikeston
Sikeston, Missouri

IDAExpo 2018 Special Workshops


Join Bill Rossiter, CEO & Principal Interrupt, for his insightful approach to...

Creating a Killer Customer Experience

Thursday, April 26, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Learn about the new expectations of today’s customer and how their experience with your company can dramatically impact your business results.

Industry veterans Dan and Sandy Apple will present two workshops:

Sales Pros VS Order Takers

Thursday, April 26, 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Any idiot can sell price!  This workshop focuses on how professional sales people sell value, not price.

Recruiting, Training and Retaining Top Performers for Door Dealers

Thursday, April 26, 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Turnover of employees is a big expense for any door dealer.  In this workshop Dan and Sandy will discuss using online recruiting methods to attract and hire better qualified personnel.

Shaun Hall will help you understand age diversity:

Let's Work Together - Getting Stuff Done in an Age Diverse Workforce (Part 1)

Thursday, April 26, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Generationally, today’s workforce consists of Baby Boomers (33%), Gen Xers (27%) and Millennials (38%).  Shaun Hall will help you explore the strengths of each generation and how they can be leveraged to thrive in today’s marketplace.

Millennial Leadership Roundtable (Part 2)

Thursday, April 26, 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Shaun Hall joins industry Millennials for roundtable discussions on Millennials in the workforce.  Discussion topics will include leadership, management, sales, technology and much, much more.

Complete Schedule of Events

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