Online Learning

ISA Sign Academy Online

The ISA Sign Academy Online is your online source for the best training and education available in the industry. Online learning provides employers an opportunity to educate your entire staff or just a select few while saving time and money. Here’s why the ISA Sign Academy is a great fit for your business.

Availability: All courses are online and can be accessed with an Internet connection. Courses are on-demand and self-paced, so you can take them when it’s convenient you and you can start and stop anytime.

Affordability: Annual subscriptions are available to ISA members so you can pay one low rate and gain access to all of the offered courses. You can choose to enroll everyone or a select number of employees at your company. To sign your employees up for a company package, please fill out and submit this form. Courses may also be purchased on an individual basis for $50/course for members and $150/course for non-members.

Accountability: Behind the content is a powerful reporting tool that allows managers to see the progress of their employees as they work through content. We can even set up a supervisor account so you can manage your employees’ courses and monitor their progress. And once your employee finishes the course and completes a quick survey, they’ll be able to print a certificate of completion.

Online Learning Company Subscription

Educate all of your employees for one flat rate! Simply fill out this form with your company information, and soon all of your employees will have unlimited access to all of the courses below.

Available Courses:

Dynamic Digital Signage: The 7 Key Elements
Dynamic Digital Signage: Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail
Dynamic Digital Signage: The Signage Industry and Trends
Dynamic Digital Signage: Turning on Dynamic Digital Signage
Project Management, Part I
Sign Installer's Guide: Electrical Sign Installation
Sign Installer's Guide: Freestanding Signs
Sign Installer's Guide: Safety Course
Sign Installer’s Guide: Special Installations
Sign Installer's Guide: Wall Signs
Best of ISA Sign Expo Education
Architectural Signage and the BIM Revolution
Applications and Where to Sell Dynamic Digital Signage
How to Get the Job at Your Price
How to Integrate Vehicle Wrap Design Technologies into a Sign Shop
Making the Numbers Work


Dynamic Digital Signage: The 7 Key Elements

This course introduces the basics of dynamic digital signage. After exploring dynamic digital signage market growth, the course delves into The 7 Key Elements of Dynamic Digital Signage, which are comprised of business, content, design, software, hardware, connectivity, and operations. Understanding these concepts and trends in each area are important first steps to incorporating dynamic digital signage into your sign shop.

Price: $50 for ISA members; $150 for nonmembers
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Estimated time to complete course: 45 minutes


Dynamic Digital Signage: Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail

The majority of failures for those entering the dynamic digital signage industry can be directly traced to a lack of planning and due diligence up front. This course covers topics that will help you to understand the major business issues that face the dynamic digital signage industry and will ultimately enable you to create a solid business plan.After completing this course, you will understand the importance of:

  • The Seven Key Elements of Dynamic Digital Signage
  • Articulating the Objectives
  • Content and a Call to Action
  • Return on Investment, Return on Objectives, and Total Cost of Ownership
  • Metrics, Measurements, and Analytics
  • Partnerships

Price: $50 for ISA members; $150 for nonmembers
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Estimated time to complete course: 45 minutes


Dynamic Digital Signage: The Signage Industry and Trends

This course will look at trends in signage, explore the areas where static and dynamic digital signs converge, and shows how this all fits together in the overall signage picture.The course covers the following:

  • The market and growth of the static and dynamic digital signage industries
  • Types of signs and convergence in the signage industry
  • Applications and trends in dynamic digital signage 

Price: $50 for ISA members; $150 for nonmembers
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Estimated time to complete course: 35 minutes


Dynamic Digital Signage: Turning on Dynamic Digital Signage

Dynamic Digital Signage: What exactly is it?  What’s the market size and growth potential?  What are the applications?  Ultimately, how do I add it to my business and sell it?  This course will answer all of these questions, and more.This course will explore the following topics:

  • The evolution of signs
  • Dynamic digital signage defined
  • The dynamic digital signage market
  • Applications for dynamic digital signage
  • Selling value in dynamic digital signage

Price: $50 for ISA members; $150 for nonmembers
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Estimated time to complete course: 50 minutes


Project Management, Part I

Project Management is the lifeblood of any successful sign company. Good companies work tirelessly to deliver projects on-time and on-budget. Doing this consistently reduces the chances of inefficient projects that add cost and drain resources and maximizes the chances of repeat business with profitable customers.This course introduces the role of management in the signage industry. We’ll discuss the differences between program and project management, and the responsibilities associated with each. We will also look at the steps in the planning process and some forms and charts used by management.By the end of this module, you should be able to:

  • Differentiate a Program from a Project
  • Identify the responsibilities of Program and Project Managers
  • Recognize the elements of a Project Plan
  • Recognize the uses of different types of forms and charts

Price: $50 for ISA members; $150 for nonmembers
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Estimated time to complete course: 90 minutes


Sign Installer's Guide: Electrical Sign Installation

The Sign Installer's Guide: Electrical Sign Installation and Safety course introduces the basic information you’ll need to know to install and maintain electric signs safely. The course will consist of four (4) independent modules:

  • National Standards and Licensing
  • Working Safely with Electricity
  • Electric Signs with Field-Installed Wiring
  • Gaining Project Approval

Price: $50 for ISA members; $150 for nonmembers
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Estimated time to complete course: 90 minutes


Sign Installer's Guide: Freestanding Signs

This course introduces the basic information you’ll need to know to install freestanding signs. The course will consist of six (6) independent modules:

  • Freestanding Sign Types and Characteristics
  • Sign Foundation Types and Installation (Part I)
  • Sign Foundation Types and Installation (Part II)
  • Bolted Connections
  • Field-Welding Practices, Symbols and Notations
  • Single-Pole Sign Structure Safety

Price: $50 for ISA members; $150 for nonmembers
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Estimated time to complete course: 120 minutes
 


Sign Installer's Guide: Safety Course

The goal of the course is to introduce new sign installers to the safety and risk prevention procedures they will follow during the sign installation work process. The course will consist of four (4) independent modules:

  • General Safety Practices
  • Preventing Electrocution and Struck-By-Load Incidents
  • Ladder and Scaffold Safety
  • Working Safely

Price: $50 for ISA members; $150 for nonmembers
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Estimated time to complete course: 90 minutes


Sign Installer's Guide: Wall Signs

The goal of the Sign Installer's Guide: Wall Signs course is to introduce new sign installers to the basic elements of wall sign installation. The course will consist of five (5) independent modules:

  • Sign Placement Options
  • Pattern Options and Examples
  • Wall Types and Surfaces
  • Common Fastener Types and Proper Usage
  • Basic Sign Types and Examples

Price: $50 for ISA members; $150 for nonmembers
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Estimated time to complete course: 90 minutes
 


Sign Installer’s Guide: Special Installations

This course introduces the basic information you’ll need to know for special installations such as roof-mounted signs and mansard roof signs. It also features three case studies of advanced level projects.

The course will consist of three (3) independent modules:

  • Roof-Mounted Signs
  • Case Studies
  • Mansard Roof Signs

Price: $50 for ISA members; $150 for nonmembers
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Estimated time to complete course: 60 minutes
 


Best of ISA Sign Expo Education

ISA International Sign Expo offers more than 45 industry-specific sessions designed to education attendees on all aspects of the sign manufacturing process. The following sessions are the best sessions from the 2013 ISA Sign Expo based on attendance numbers and survey statistics. Check out what you missed by taking one of ISA Sign Academy Online courses below. For a list of all the sessions being offered at 2014 ISA Sign Expo, click here.
 


Best of ISA Sign Expo Education: Architectural Signage and the BIM Revolution

Speaker: Josh Livingston, ASI Signage Innovations, and Michael Shaub, Gensler

BIM as a design process has become a standard in the world of architecture. What does this mean for the environmental graphics industry? Using Revit™ as a guide this session will explore the possibilities of BIM tools on environmental graphics projects. With a particular focus on the design and documentation process, users will gain an understanding of what BIM tools like Revit™ mean to their work.

Price: $50 for ISA members; $150 for nonmembers

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Estimated time to complete course: 60 minutes
 


Best of ISA Sign Expo Education: Applications and Where to Sell Dynamic Digital Signage

Speaker: Lyle Bunn, BUNN Co.

This course will help you discover where to find new business in dynamic digital signage. Potential customers are waiting for you to find them and this course will show you the way to increase your bottom line with your current staff.Price: $50 for ISA members; $150 for nonmembers
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Estimated time to complete course: 60 minutes
 


Best of ISA Sign Expo Education: How to Get the Job at Your Price

Speaker: Kevin Dougherty, Kevlar Consulting

This seminar will teach you to sell the value of your company rather than defend the cost of your work. The program emphasizes professional sales and marketing strategies that you can put to immediate use to avoid the price shopping rat race. Ideal for anyone who sells or presents your company to customers, including owners, estimators, salespeople, and service and office managers.Price: $50 for ISA members; $150 for nonmembers
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Estimated time to complete course: 2 hours
 


Best of ISA Sign Expo Education: How to Integrate Vehicle Wrap Design Technologies into a Sign Shop

Speaker: Mark Rugen, Neschen Americas

This session highlights the technical tools needed for entry into the vehicle wrap, paint-protection and tinting markets. Participants will learn about software programs, online resources, and design tools available for designing vehicle wraps and graphics.Price: $50 for ISA members; $150 for nonmembers
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Estimated time to complete course: 90 minutes


Best of ISA Sign Expo Education: Making the Numbers Work

Speaker: Kevin Dougherty, Kevlar Consulting

This program offers detailed solutions to the number one problem encountered by sign companies: failure to charge enough and know the numbers. More than just an accounting seminar, this program discusses how lack of income and the stressful nature of an unsuccessful business can affect family, personal, and professional life.

Price: $50 for ISA members; $150 for nonmembers

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Estimated time to complete course: 2 hours



Questions? Contact Emily O'Connor at [email protected] or (703) 836-4012.