Conference Information

The 2020 ERAC has been CANCELLED.

Please mark your calendars for April 23 &24, 2021 in Clearwater, FL.

The 2020 Eastern Regional Conference on Sheet Metal Apprenticeship and Training will be held on Monday, September 21st and Tuesday, September 22nd at the Clearwater Beach Marriott Suites on Sand Key in Clearwater Beach, Florida. Once again, this year we are extending the invitation to All SMART affiliated JATC’s.

Hotel reservations can be made by calling (800) 228-9290 and use our group code “Eastern Regional Apprenticeship Conference”.  The hotel has a dedicated webpage for our conference by clicking here:

The Hotel reservation cut-off date is August 28, 2020.  Our group rate is $235.00 per night plus tax.

The Hotel is located at 1201 Gulf Boulevard Clearwater Beach, FL 33767 and is about 21 miles from the Tampa International Airport – TPA. Self-Parking is Complimentary.

Please plan to arrive on Sunday, September 20th, if possible. Conference packets will be given out on Sunday from 4:30pm until 6:00pm and again at 7:30am Monday morning.  Late registrations will also be accepted at that time.

The tentative conference agenda includes the following modules: Travel expenses for JATC’s, SMART Army, Expanding Labor demographics, Power tool manufacturers, Viewsonic, Festo. Breakout sessions: Total Track awareness, Lincoln Electric Educational Portal and Training Tools. Also, reports from SMART, SMACNA, SMOHIT, NEMI and ITI.  Along with the opportunity for the Participating JATC’s to network, report on their individual areas and bring issues to the body for discussion.  By attending this Conference the JATC Training Coordinator will receive 2 CEU’s that can be applied toward the ITI Accreditation renewal.