First-Timer's Toolkit

Why attend?

We know that your time is valuable, especially in a world where there are constant daily distractions, ever-growing workloads, and so many other things vying for your attention. You joined the SAIA for a reason: to work together on the common cause of making sure workers in the scaffold and access industry come home safe!

Attending the SAIA Annual Convention & Exposition is one of the few opportunities you have to get together face-to-face with your peers and brainstorm new ideas to help the SAIA fulfill its mission. It’s about really getting involved, letting your voice be heard, and following through on commitments. That’s why you cannot afford to not attend: the time and money spent up front will pay off in the long run. Your return on investment is employees who are inspired, confident, and committed.

Hear from the experts
Our speakers are proven business leaders and some of the best and brightest. Gain insight into innovative new practices and safety standards from well-respected industry leaders.

Learn skills and stay up-to-date
No matter how long you’ve been in the scaffold and access industry, chances are there is still something you need to learn. Trends, new strategies and innovations happen all the time. To stay up-to-date, attend the educational sessions that will help your business separate itself from the field and lead the way to the future.

Training and recertification
During the SAIA 2018 Annual Convention & Exposition, the SAIA will offer seven different training classes through our internationally-acclaimed training program. Don’t let an invalid certification cause a delay or loss of work! Get trained or re-certified during one of the training opportunities!

Meet with new vendors and suppliers
Our exhibitors are industry experts, some of whom are seasoned SAIA members. Invest time in the exposition hall and make new business connections while discovering innovative products and services necessary to stay competitive in today’s business world.

Have fun
The Annual Convention & Exposition is a lot of learning packed into a short amount of time, but you’ll also have opportunities to relax and get to know your peers. You’ll have opportunities to collaborate, hear new ideas and have fun!

We do our best to ensure that your experience at the Annual Convention & Exposition is equal parts educational and engaging, so that when you leave you’re both informed, inspired, and equipped with practical, ready-to-implement solutions to solve your organizations greatest challenges. But, for any of this to be possible, you first need to convince your boss that it’s worth it. If you’re looking for help with that message, you’ve come to the right place. 

Justification Tips

  • Review and map out your session planner
    Take time to understand your company’s needs and how specific components of the convention will help you most. Determine which sessions are most relevant to your skill development, goals and company’s expectations of you.
  • Stress the value of investing in your education
    The convention offers numerous professional development opportunities to learn and interpret new trends and complicated legislation.
  • Find your solution providers
    The exposition will showcase vendors with new products you can use or evaluate for future use. It’s an opportunity to collect first-hand information and compare competing technologies.
  • Complete the Request Letter
    The SAIA has created a sample letter that you can use to assist in requesting your attendance at the convention. Feel free to tweak and customize as you see fit. 2018 SAIA Annual Convention Letter Template.
  • Bring it all home
    You’ll leave the SAIA 2018 Exposition & Convention empowered, energized and informed. Commit to a post-conference briefing for staff to share what you learned. All presentations will be available to you by handouts and video after the convention.

Understanding your convention expenses

Convention expenses are affected by a number of factors:

  • Convention registration – Attendance pricing to the meeting depends on whether you’re a member of SAIA or not. Members receive discounted pricing to the convention. Join SAIA and receive member pricing!

  • Are you attending only one day of the convention? SAIA offers single day passes. View convention attendance options here.

  • Will you attend any of the training classes offered through SAIA University? View training options here.