The Show Will Go On! Top Reasons to Attend the 2021 IWCA Convention
It was just shortly after last year’s IWCA (International Window Cleaning Association) Convention that the world changed. While we still don’t know when, or frankly if, things will return to “normal” any time soon, we are learning to adapt and move forward. And with that, the IWCA is moving forward as well, with plans for a fantastic convention and trade show March 22-26 in Orlando, Florida.
If you’re ready to move forward in 2021, this is going to be a great place to start. Let’s look at why:
1. The LocationThis year's event will be hosted at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Orlando at SeaWorld. Hotel rooms are just $79 per night under the IWCA room block, and the hotel is accepting cancellations as long as they are made 24 hours prior to your arrival. Additionally, flights are at an all-time low, so it’s smart to go ahead and schedule yours now before the rates go up.
2. The Education
While the specific classes are still being finalized, you can be certain there will be plenty of classes available for attendees. Keith Kalfas, author and founder of the “Window Cleaning Blueprint,” will be this year’s keynote speaker. The educational program will extend across four days (not including certification classes), and again be broken into three categories: owners, managers, and technicians. Plus, for the first time, the IWCA is adding a Spanish track where several of the educational classes will be also offered in Spanish.
3. The Trade Show
The sold-out trade show will feature 47 vendors, making it the largest IWCA trade show to date. This year, classes will not take place during trade show hours, giving you plenty of time to talk to vendors without worrying about missing out on the educational programs. Additionally, those who only want to attend the trade show can walk the floor for free this year.
4. The Free Certification Programs
Expert Safety Services will be offering OSHA 1910 and Water Fed Pole Safety certification courses for free to attendees.
5. The Precautions
IWCA has always been about safety, and now that practice is extending to the current Covid situation. The IWCA and hotel are making safety a priority, with steps like reduced seating capacities and sanitizing stations in classrooms, mask requirements per local guidelines, daily temperature checks, and more.
6. The Cancellation Policy
These are uncertain times, and while the IWCA plans to host the event as long as Las Vegas allows it, they recognize there is still a chance that things could change. If you must cancel your plans, your fees will be refunded minus a $99 processing fee. If the event is canceled, your full fee will be refunded, minus a $50 processing fee, but that fee can be applied towards the 2022 convention. And as mentioned above, the hotel will refund as long as cancellations are made within 24 hours of arrival.
Registration is open and early-bird rates are being offered through December 31. To learn more about the 2021 IWCA Convention and Trade Show, or to reserve your spot, go to www.IWCA.org.