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Frequently Asked Questions

General

How do I know if the World Balloon Convention is for me? The WBC is for you if you’re a:

  • Retail party store wanting to develop a stronger professional balloon offering (beyond the “3 balloons on a string” concept)
  • Studio-based decorator wanting to increase sales and hire more staff (growth orientation required!)
  • Twister/entertainer wanting to develop his/her business by learning business and marketing tips, incorporating new techniques, and/or expanding into balloon decor and deliveries
  • Store or studio wanting to develop a stronger weekly cash flow through everyday balloon deliveries
  • New business wanting to upgrade your professionalism and increase your longevity/chance for success
  • Established professional balloon business wanting to be re-energized and inspired to continue with your business
  • Balloon artist wanting to attend the industry’s premier event to experience empowering education and inspiring innovation.

Will the WBC be held every year?
At this time, the WBC will be held every other year.

Will the WBC be held in different cities in the future?
Yes, we are looking at different cities for future conventions.

What to Wear 
New Orleans has a subtropical climate with pleasant year-round temperatures. Temperatures range from the mid 40s in winter to the upper 90s in the summer. Rainfall is common in New Orleans, with a monthly average of about five inches of precipitation. In early-April, New Orleans-area temperatures range from 59F/15C to 79F/26.1C.

Hands-on Workshops: Comfortable work clothes
Classes: Casual, business clothes
Thursday—Costume Party: Costumes encouraged, but not required. Costume party theme to be announced.
Saturday—Grand Gala: Semi-formal attire/dress clothes
Tuxedo Information    Tuxedo Order Form
Sunday—Festival of Balloons: Casual, business clothes

Get up-to-the-minute weather updates for New Orleans and the surrounding areas.

What should I bring to the convention?

  • Scissors/pocket knife for hands-on classes
  • Camera to record all the great ideas and techniques you’ll learn*
  • Portfolio and business cards
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Costume for the Thursday Night Costume Party
  • Dress or semi-formal attire for WBC Grand Gala

*No audio or video recording is permitted in the classrooms unless authorized by the class instructor and/or WBC on an individual basis.

Can I bring my children?
Children under the age of 10 will not be allowed in any WBC classes, workshops, or events.
The World Balloon Convention is a convention produced by and for professionals, and we ask that all attendees respect this. Children aged 10 and older who legally work in a parent-operated business can register and attend the WBC 2016 as Full-Package Delegates, so long as a parent is also attending as a Full-Package Delegate. Children aged 10 and older who are attending WBC 2016 must be under the supervision of an adult who is also a Full-Package Delegate.

Registration

When will registration be available for WBC 2016?
Registration for WBC 2016 will be available beginning in late 2015 through WorldBalloonConvention.com.

Classes

I don’t have a lot of experience with balloons. Should I attend?
The WBC offers beginner, intermediate, and advanced classes so there is something for EVERYONE. More information on specific class topics and instructors will be available soon.

CBA Exam

Will there be a CBA Exam at the World Balloon Convention?
Yes, there will be a CBA Exam at the WBC. To be prepared to take the exam, you must have completed the following requirements.

1. Work for a QBN Business Member.
2. Purchase, study, and complete (with a score of 80% or above) all of the tests in the QBN Kits.
3. Receive notification from Pioneer Balloon Company that you’ve passed each test.
4. Sign up for a CBA Practical Exam by sending in the CBA Practical Exam Sign-up Form and four Classic Balloon Decor photos with a completed Job Cost Form for each, as well as paying the US $40 exam fee by February 29, 2016 (unless the exam fee has been pre-paid with a QBN Kit Bundle purchase).
5. Prepare for and take the CBA Practical Exam. Download our Guide to Taking the CBA Practical Exam for more details and helpful hints. Also review the actual CBA Practical Exam Score Sheet. Both are available in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.

What is a Certified Balloon Artist (CBA)?
CBAs are people who work for a Qualatex Balloon Network (QBN) Business Member and have successfully completed the program's online tests, as well as the CBA Practical Examination to demonstrate their knowledge of the QBN curriculum and ability to produce quality balloon work.

Technically, a CBA is a balloon professional who has:

  • Taken and passed (with a score of 80% or above) all of the QBN tests.
  • Taken and passed (with a score of 80% or above) the CBA Practical Exam—a timed, 4-hour, hands-on exam designed to confirm knowledge of the QBN curriculum.

Professionals who earn the CBA designation have chosen to grow their businesses through networking with other balloon professionals, continuing their education, giving and receiving referrals, and taking advantage of the marketing support available to CBAs.

There are currently more than 2,500 Certified Balloon Artist professionals worldwide.

How do I register for the CBA Practical Exam?
To order QBN Kits or register for the CBA Practical Exam, call the office nearest you:
USA 1-800-743-9879
UK 0800-28-12-15
Europe +44-1279-501090
Canada 1-800-263-6861
Mexico 01-800-590-4602
Australia 1-800-814-634
Brazil +55 11 4596-4555
Japan/Asia 316-688-8228
Other Countries 316-685-2266

Download the Mobile App

See video below

How can I get the WBC Mobile App?
The Mobile App is available for free on the
App Store (Apple devices) or on
Google Play Store (Android devices).
Download Instructions

How can I log in?
To access your personal schedule and to network, you’ll need to log in to the App. You need the code sent to you in an invitation email from CrowdCompass (at the email address you provided when you registered for WBC).
Log in Instructions

How can I modify my information?
You need to access your settings in the App to change your information.
Set up Account Instructions

How can I get push notifications
Allow push notifications when you first use the App or go to your mobile device settings and allow notifications for the WBC App.
Notifications Instructions

Where is the schedule? How do I find the classes and events in the App
You can access the general schedule from the icon on the home screen.

To access your personal schedule and to network, you’ll need to log in to the App. Once you’re logged in, you can access your personalized schedule from the icon on the home screen or in the left sidebar.
Access Schedule Instructions

How can I network? How can I find people? How can I message people?
You can search the attendees list from the ‘attendees’ icon on the home screen. Add them as contacts/friends with the ‘plus’ icon. Then you can exchange contact information and send message.
Networking Instructions
Message Contacts Instructions

Where are the live updates?
The live updates are in the Activity Feed in the sidebar.
Active Feed Instructions

Where is the class survey?
The survey is in the Schedule at the bottom of each Class Description.
Survey Instructions