Convention Primer

First-timer Tips (A Convention Primer)

Planning your trip to the 2020 PTG Convention & Technical Institute can seem overwhelming, so we’ve created this guide to help you get the most out of your visit.

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. Coming soon! A video message with tips for first-time attendees.


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.

Exhibit Hall

Usually open twice daily, 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. You’ll find plenty of special offers and discounts as you shop. The Exhibit Hall opens at noon on Wednesday.

Web Application

With the free PTG web app you can schedule and preview all your classes. Search by category, skill level, day, class period, instructor and keyword. It works on all devices with access to the internet. Find a link at

Text updates

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 upcoming events.


  •  Complimentary self-parking for all attendees ($18.00 + tax daily value)

  • Complimentary wi-fi in sleeping rooms and meeting space

  • Complimentary fitness center

  • No resort fee ($19.95 daily value)

  • Hotel rate honored 3 days pre/post convention based on availability

  • Shipping discounts at the UPS Store located in the hotel

For Orlando attractions, check these sites for attraction deals:

Orlando Convention and Visitors site

Orlando CityPass site


Your 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. Every Full Pass registration includes a Golden Hammer Banquet ticket. Extra tickets are available from the PTG Registration Desk through Wednesday noon. There are also tours to local area attractions available for an extra fee. 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.