The Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors–National Association Educational Foundation said the first of its three regional instructor workshops were a success.

The two-day workshops focused on training instructors on how to incorporate newer technologies into their apprentice curriculum. 

Regional workshops were held May 10-11in San Diego, June 7-8 in Indianapolis, and Aug. 9-10 in Baltimore.

“Instructors from 10 states participated in this year's regional workshops,” said Merry Beth Hall, foundation director of apprentice and journeyman training. “The program received rave reviews from the participants and we are confident that the techniques learned by these instructors will help ensure higher quality training for those entering the industry.”

The first day of the workshops featured an instructional boot camp on instructional design and methods for the adult learner, presented by Katherine Manley, Ph.D., from Ferris State University in Grand Rapids, Mich. The second day of the workshop featured presentations from Cengage Learning, the Copper Development Association, the Cast Iron Soil Pipe Institute, and Green Plumbers USA.

These regional workshops were sponsored in part by BrassCraft Manufacturing Co., the CDA and Kohler Co.  The workshops will be offered again in 2013, with the dates and locations to be determined. For information on upcoming instructor workshops visit,