Convention Primer


a quick primer for first time attendees



Understand how the PTG Convention & Technical Institute works 

From the outside a convention can be intimidating, but if you know how things are organized it can help make sense of it all. 


Classes start on Wednesday and continue through Saturday. Classes are divided into periods and are, in most cases, available more than once just in case you have a scheduling conflict. There are four or five periods per day with short breaks in between periods.  You don’t have to pre-register for most of the classes. They are included in your registration fee and you can set your own schedule. There are a few that have limited seating or an additional fee, but these are marked in the class descriptions and on the registration form.

The Institute Team has paid special attention to providing classes for every skill level. Designated skill levels for each class can be found just before the title of the class in the class descriptions. Skill levels are: (E) Everyone, (I) Intermediate, (B) Basic, (A) Advanced.

If you have any questions about classes, please drop by the Institute Office in Texas Special.

Exhibit Hall

The exhibit hall has something for every technician. It’s an opportunity to learn more about a product or a company before you make a purchase. Some of our exhibitors even have prizes. The PTG store offers a 10% discount on all cash and carry store items as well. Been holding off on buying some PTG apparel? This is your opportunity to save! The Exhibit Hall opens at noon on Wednesday and serves lunch.


Web Application

With the free PTG web app you can schedule and preview all of your classes. Easily search by category, skill level, day, class period, instructor and keyword. It works on all devices with access to the internet!  COMING SOON! 

Text updates

You can sign up to receive text messages during the convention. It’s a great way to stay up on what’s happening and to get reminders about up-coming events. And it’s easy.


• Get 10% off items at the PTG Store while supplies last - Cash and carry only.

• Many area restaurants are offering discounts to attendees. Check your registration packet for details.


Guests are welcome to attend any of the evening events and to visit the Exhibit Hall. There is no charge for any of the evening events except for the Golden Hammer Banquet on Saturday night. Extra tickets are available from the PTG Registration Desk through Wednesday noon. There are also daytime tours available for attendees and guests on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. There is an extra fee for each of the day tours. Check the convention brochure or for descriptions and prices. Drop by the PTG Registration Desk to have a complimentary name badge printed for guests.

If you need anything or have additional questions during the convention, you are welcome to visit the PTG Registration Desk. We’re looking forward to meeting you.