LAS VEGAS — Sheet metal industry professionals from across the country gathered in Las Vegas April 25-29 to continue their educations by attending classes, testing for certifications, and networking with industry leaders during the 15th annual International Certification Board (ICB) Conference. Approximately 127 working professionals attended the joint labor and management event and participated in 15 classes and seven certifications.

Overall, 84 attendees passed certification exams such as National Air Filtration Association (NAFA); U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 608; Fire Life Safety Level I and II Supervisor; Testing, Adjusting, and Balancing Bureau (TABB) supervisor; sound and vibration supervisor; and mechanical acceptance test technician.

“We had people here who earned their first certification. We had people here who earned their twelfth,” said Kevin Casey, NEMIC ICB/TABB director of certification. “The classes offered this year were strong and fit the needs of those who attended.”

“We saw many returnees from previous conferences as well as a considerable number of new faces,” added John Hamilton, COO of ICB/TABB. “We can see the conference growing from year to year and the benefits it brings to our industry in terms of increased employment opportunities for members, increased bidding opportunities for Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association (SMACNA) contractors, and increased man-hours overall. The conference is also an excellent place to make new industry contacts and share valuable information.”

New courses this year included Blue Beam software; coalescing air and dirt separators; HVAC Fire Life Safety legislation; marketing HVAC fire life safety; hospital work and testing, adjusting, and balancing; and infectious control risk assessment (ICRA), which was presented as a pilot program and exam.

ICB/TABB is a function of the National Energy Management Institute Committee (NEMIC) — a not-for-profit organization jointly funded by the SMACNA and SMART, the International Association of Sheet Metal Air, Rail and Transportation Workers. For more information, visit

Publication date: 7/18/2016

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