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What: RETA 2020 National Conference
When: October 27-29, 2020
Where: Caribe Royale, Orlando, Florida


What is the 2020 RETA National Conference?

The 2020 RETA National Conference is a 3-day conference filled with hands-on training, workshops, technical presentations, networking events, and an expansive exhibit hall. Our educational conference has an all-encompassing program helping you, at any level of experience and position, within the refrigeration industry.


Who should attend?

All professionals, students or even experts working in Industrial Refrigeration Industry. There is something for everyone. Gain valuable insight, training, and gain PDH (Professional Development Hours) credits to maintain your certification designation.


To plan your trip and prepare for conference below is a brief tentative overview of pre-conference and conference activities:

Saturday-Monday, October 24-26, 2020
Train the Trainer, CARO, CIRO, CRST, CRES Review Courses. 8am-5pm 
Sunday-Monday, October 25-26, 2020
Heavy Equipment and Booth set-up (Please note overtime will occur on Sunday. You may contact Arata for those charges) 8am-4pm Heavy Equipment and 8am-10pm Booth Set Up
Sunday, October 25, 2020
Exhibitor and Sponsor Only Welcome Happy Hour Reception 4pm-6pm
Monday, October 26, 2020
Workshops 8am-5pm (at no additional cost)
Monday, October 26, 2020
TopGolf-Off site, busing available, must preregister, cost $100, lunch included. 12pm-3pm
Monday, October 26, 2020

Exhibit Hall Welcome Reception 4-6pm

WiNR (Women in Natural Refrigeration) Comedy Hour Networking event 6pm-7pm

Monday-Thursday, October 26-29, 2020
RETA After Hours Lounge: Monday 5pm-10pm, Tuesday and Wednesday 8pm-10pm and Thursday 5pm-10pm
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Conference Opens: Exhibit Hall and Breakfast 7:30am, 3 full days of educational and networking activities and events
Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Pitmaster Event 4-6pm Click here for flyer

Flashback Tuesday Event- Live Music 6-9pm-onsite

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Breakfast and Rumble 7:30-9:30 am

Awards Banquet 6:30pm-9:30pm

Thursday, October 29, 2020
Exhibit Hall ends at 2pm and Educational Programs end at 3pm. Non-Arata Exhibit Booth tear down 2pm-10pm no overtime. Arata assistance Heavy Equipment Tear Down with overtime after 4:30 pm
Friday, October 30, 2020
Arata Assistance Heavy Equipment Exhibit Tear Down 8am-4pm (no overtime)


Why should I attend?

Competition is getting fiercer and the industry is looking for certified technicians. The RETA National Conference is the largest gathering of Refrigerating Engineers and Technicians which offers 3 full days of educational and networking activities and events.

You can also take the CARO, CIRO, CRST or CRES Review Course before the National Conference, Saturday-Monday, October 24-26, 2020. Sign up to take one of the review courses and finish with taking the certification exam at conference. The only way to stay ahead in this industry is to position yourself as a leader. RETA certification exams are accredited by ANSI (American National Standards Institute), which requires that they are continually scrutinized by an organization whose sole mission is to establish, maintain and assure that the highest industry standards are set and met in a continuous and ongoing basis.

We are also offering Workshops on Monday October 26th to earn additional PDH hours at no additional cost.


What will it cost?

Below is the estimated breakdown of the 2020 RETA National Conference:

  • Airfare
  • Transportation from Airport (by taxi) $25/one way
  • Hotel Rate $149/night plus tax/fees for (3 nights)
  • Most meals are included approximately $100 for supplemental meals
  • Conference Registration Fee is $825 early bird, $875 after July 31, 2020 for a RETA member

Letter of Justification:

Below please find a “Letter of Justification” template – simply click here to download [Word] or copy and paste text below and customize it for your supervisor. This letter includes all the benefits you will get from attending the 2020 RETA National Conference and how it will not only help you, but your organization.

Dear (Supervisor’s Name),

I would like to attend the 2020 RETA National Conference on October 27-29, 2020 in Orlando, Florida. I will participate in numerous educational sessions including hands-on sessions, workshops, technical presentations, manufacturer sessions, and exhibition hall time over the course of three days. I also have the ability to attend workshops on October 26th to earn additional PDH hours at no additional cost.

The information, insight, and knowledge of new practices will assist me in my daily responsibilities, and I will be able to share this knowledge with my fellow coworkers. In addition, I will have the opportunity to learn best practices and network with a wide range of industry experts and peers in the refrigeration industry. I will take home valuable information including new developments with products and equipment and how they can help enhance our company’s bottom line from a safety and efficiency perspective.

I have included a breakdown of costs for this conference. I feel confident the expenses incurred from my attendance will be invaluable in my position and will help me impart new insight in our department.
Full price to attend is $875 for members but can be reduced to $825 by registering before the early bird deadline (July 31, 2020).

  • Conference registration $825 early bird, $875 after July 31, 2020
  • Airfare $
  • Transportation to/from airport $50
  • Hotel stay $149 a night plus tax
  • Meals $100

Total costs associated with attending this conference are: this will be determined after you add in airfare

This conference and the opportunities it offers are immeasurable. The opportunity for me to improve, develop and network makes my attendance to RETA 2020 a wise investment. I am confident that my attendance will increase my knowledge and productivity on the job. Please do not hesitate to contact me to discuss my attendance at the RETA National Conference.

Insert your name here


Customer Registration Cancellation/Refund Policy

All cancellations are subject to a $150 processing fee. If you are unable and would like a refund, written notification must be sent to and received by RETA HQ no later than 07/01/20; no exceptions. CARO, CIRO, CRES, CRST, and Train the Trainer fees are non-refundable. A substitute delegate may attend by prior arrangement and is subject to a minimal processing fee. However, fees must be adjusted if a member wants to transfer to a non-member.



Feel free to contact Michelle at RETA HQ. We are here to help you!

Refrigerating Engineers & Technicians Association
Toll Free: 844.801.3711 · Phone: 541.497.2955 · Fax: 541.497.2966
1725 Ferry St SW, Albany, OR 97322