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SGIA

Specialty Graphic Imaging Association
PDAA

Membership: Information & Sign-Up

Membership Application

Join SGIA and participate in the premier community for the print and graphics installation industry. You'll gain access to tools and resources that take your installation business to the next level, and you connect directly with the SGIA Community's thousands of graphics producers.

  • Join the industry's best, most proficient graphic installation professionals
  • Get unbiased certification to perform all types of graphics installations
  • Receive unlimited, free referrals from PDAA's Find An Installer Search and Graphics Installation Bid Creator
  • Benefit from discounts, management resources and other member benefits
  • Master installation projects with PDAA-recommended installation training
  • Show off your best work with PDAA's online installation gallery

Membership is a small investment that can bring big rewards for the future of your business. Become a member, and establish your company as one of the industry's best. 

Tips for Success

As a member, you can benefit greatly from your membership — if you take full advantage of what the Association has to offer. Here are some strategies to help you maximize your membership.

Find an Installer Search

A valuable tool to help you gain clients and get the work you want, the Find an Installer Search provides potential clients with direct referrals to PDAA member companies, using geographic location as a qualifying factor. The search can also be used to help installers like you locate other installers to form partnerships, gain additional help for larger jobs, or farm out work that is outside of your geographic area.

Find an Installer search results are organized so PDAA members with Master Certified Status are listed first, followed by Basic Certified and General Members. This way, companies with the highest certification (and highest verified proficiency) rise to the top of the list. If you want your company to be listed in the top level of the search results, then you must seek PDAA certification.

Referrals and Bid Opportunities

As graphics producers seek installers through either the Find an Installer Search or the Graphics Installation Bid Creator, business opportunities will come your way. While PDAA can provide you with opportunities for work, it is your responsibility to promptly follow up on opportunities that come your way, whether you're interested in the work or not. Even turning down the opportunity for a specific job give you a chance to build your network.

Certification & Training 

Becoming either Certified or Master Certified requires much more than an application and a stamp of approval. This is meaningful certification. It is a calling card announcing the credibility and reliability of your installation business. PDAA's certification testing process puts the installer's proficiency to the test, requiring excellence in a wide range of installation activities. A full listing of tested elements can be found in the PDAA Certification Guide. The basic concept is: Train up, then get tested.

It is important to know that PDAA's certification testing tests you on the skills you have, not the skills you need. This leads to the need for training. If you're an installation veteran, you may have come to full proficiency through on-the-job experience, or you may have received full or partial training from an installation trainer. If you do not yet have the skill you need to become certified, PDAA recommends the services of Rob Ivers, PDAA's authorized training and certification provider. He can start you on the path toward certification, and test you when you are ready to become certified.

Your membership is valuable. If you take the steps needed to maximize your membership, the value of your membership and the profitability of your business will rise.

Why Join SGIA?

Get Trained Rise above the pack!
Get Certified Demonstrate your skills! 
Get Business Get jobs, make money! 
Get Benefits Use member-only resources!

Join PDAA today to maximize the value of your company

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