Our Events and Conferences

The International Brotherhood of Boilermakers hosts and participates in a number of events, training opportunities and conferences.

Our Events

Upcoming events and conferences

SFW Basic Institute

July 7 - 12, 2024
Madison, WI
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Northeast Tripartite Conference

July 14 - 16, 2024
Plymouth, MA
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Industrial Sector Conference (ISO)

July 31 - August 2, 2024
Las Vegas, NV
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National Apprenticeship Competition

August 5 - 8, 2024
Savannah, GA

SFW Advanced Institute

August 11 - 16, 2024
Madison, WI
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Ohio Valley Tripartite Conference

August 12 - 14, 2024
Lexington, KY

MOST National Tripartite Alliance Conference

August 25 - 28, 2024
Coronado, CA

USA Sporting Clays

September 14, 2024
Lenexa, KS
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Tradeswomen Build Nations

September 27 - 29, 2024
New Orleans, LA
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Consolidated Convention

The International Brotherhood of Boilermakers’ Consolidated Convention convenes every five years, per the Boilermakers’ Constitution. This event is where International officers are elected and the course of the union over the next five years is determined. Local lodges elect delegates to represent their interests at the convention. The 35th Consolidated Convention will take place in 2026.


Construction Sector Operations Conference (CSO)

The CSO Conference is the annual business meeting of Construction Sector Operations. Attendance is by invitation only.

Read about the 2023 CSO Conference

Industrial Sector Operations Conference (ISO)

The ISO Conferences is an annual event that brings together local lodge leaders from the industrial sector for workshops, industry caucuses and plenary sessions. Attendance must be approved by the local lodge.

Read about the 2023 ISO Conference

LEAP Conference

Each year, the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers hosts a conference in Washington, D.C. as part of its Legislative Education Action Program (LEAP). The conference includes updates on legislation impacting Boilermakers, special speakers, a workshop on legislation and lobbying, opportunities for Boilermaker delegates to meet their respective congressmen and women on Capitol Hill, and a reception to build relationships with lawmakers. Attendance is through local lodge approval.

Read about the 2022 LEAP Conference

School for Workers

Through the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School for Workers program, each year the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers hosts weeklong basic training and advanced training classes specifically for Boilermaker leaders. The basic class is designed for up-and-coming local lodge leaders; and the advanced class is for more seasoned leaders or those who have already completed the basic class. Classes take place in August, and attendance is through local lodge approval.

Tripartite Conferences

Tripartite conferences bring owners, contractors and Boilermakers together to discuss shared opportunities, challenges and solutions. Each IVP section typically hosts an area-specific tripartite conference to address the area’s unique needs, and some industry-specific tripartite conferences have also been developed.

Also, each year MOST Programs hosts the MOST National Tripartite Alliance Conference for owners, contractors and Boilermakers throughout the U.S. and Canada. Attendance is for construction lodge leadership and by invitation.

Read about the 2023 MOST National Tripartite Alliance Conference

Welding Boot Camp

Welding Boot Camp is a new addition to Boilermaker training. Boot camps are designed to polish the skills of experienced tradesmen and women through a three-week intensive training program. NOTE: This is not an alternative to the Boilermaker National Apprenticeship Program.

Find more information, dates and how to register for a boot camp