AIBD Courses by Division

The American Institute of Building Design (AIBD) is a nonprofit organization committed to providing quality continuing education to ensure its members remain current with technology, materials, and building codes. As such, the AIBD has partnered with Ron Blank & Associates to offer educational content relating to the knowledge areas and skills identified by AIBD’s building design practice analysis, which forms the foundation for AIBD’s Certified Professional Building Designer (CPBD) Exam. The courses have been sorted according to the four domains of the exam: Business Administration, Business Practice, Design Process, and Building Design.

Building Design

Breaking the Fourth Wall: Modern Operable Wall Systems

From simply reconfiguring a room to completely changing how it is entered and exited, operable wall partition systems make rooms more efficient and maximize space by implementing superior technologies. Join us in this one-hour course as we go beyond the basics of operable partitions to address layout, operating clearance...

  • 1 AAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour
  • 1 AIBD CE Hour
  • 1 OAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 SAA Core Learning Hour
FREE
Cast to Last: Architectural Metal Castings

In this one-hour course you will learn about the history and evolution of bronze and brass castings and the way that have contributed to the advancement of society. From simple beginnings to modern day technology, you will identify the advantages of using cast metal signs. The characteristics and benefits of metal signs...

  • 1 AAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour
  • 1 AIBD CE Hour
  • 1 OAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 SAA Core Learning Hour
FREE
CFS Floor Truss Systems

Cold‐formed steel is a material of choice for a variety of commercial construction projects. Cold‐formed steel floor trusses are an economical alternative to more traditional floor framing systems in light commercial construction projects. This one‐hour discussion is intended to help participants gain an understanding of...

  • 1 AAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour
  • 1 AIBD CE Hour
  • 1 OAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 RCEP PDH for Engineers
  • 1 SAA Core Learning Hour
FREE
CFS Truss Systems

Cold-formed steel is the material of choice for a variety of commercial construction projects. In this one-hour course, we will discuss truss design standards along with the benefits of using cold-formed steel truss systems in your design project, including an evaluation of bracing techniques. The characteristics of and...

  • 1 AAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour
  • 1 AIBD CE Hour
  • 1 OAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 SAA Core Learning Hour
FREE
Climate Zoned Cladding and Contemporary Commercial Solutions with Fiber Cement Siding

This course introduces new climate zoned cladding and illustrates panel cladding. Learn how this is helping designers meet emerging demands for contemporary commercial design aesthetics through a description on the benefits of fiber cement and the common selection criteria for siding options.

  • 1 AAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour
  • 1 AIBD CE Hour
  • 1 OAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 SAA Core Learning Hour
FREE
Cold-Formed Steel Framing 101 - An Introduction to the New Metal Framing Industry

Through an evaluation on head-of-wall assemblies, as well as the UL standards for approval, the design professional will have a better understanding of the components involved with each application. In addition, we will review what design professionals should consider when specifying protection of dynamic or static head-...

  • 1 AAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour
  • 1 AIBD CE Hour
  • 1 OAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 SAA Core Learning Hour
FREE
Cold-Formed Steel Framing Connection Products: Specifying Tested Connection Products that Limit Liability

A safe and secure building begins with reliable, tested framing connections. Join us in this one-hour course as we discuss cold-formed steel framing connection products that help ensure your building can withstand a variety of expected and unexpected issues throughout its lifespan. Participants will learn about deflectio...

  • 1 AAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour
  • 1 AIBD CE Hour
  • 1 OAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 SAA Core Learning Hour
FREE
Compression-Seal Technology: A Sustainable Solution for High-Performance Windows and Doors

In this one hour course we will review compression-seal technology for high-performance window and door systems. Through a discussion that includes definitions and application examples, the design professional will be able to select the high-performance window or door system to best suit their design. We will conclude th...

  • 1 AAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour
  • 1 AIBD CE Hour
  • 1 OAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 SAA Core Learning Hour
FREE
Continuous Insulation: The Modern Alternative to Traditional Rigid Foam Board

The 2015 International Energy Conservation Code and ASHRAE 90.1 now require insulation that is continuous in wall assemblies, (i.e. not interrupted by studs, framing, etc.) in all eight climate zones within the United States. This push for continuous insulation in exterior wall assemblies is also reflected in green build...

  • 1 AAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour
  • 1 AIBD CE Hour
  • 1 OAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 SAA Core Learning Hour
FREE
Cutting Edge Code Compliance

This one-hour course examines the importance of specifying the proper edge solution for commercial roofing systems that complies with the most recent code changes and has tested products for each specific project. The correct edge system will not only be functional and have an aesthetic style that suits design profession...

  • 1 AAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour
  • 1 AIBD CE Hour
  • 1 IIBEC CEH
  • 1 OAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 RCEP PDH for Engineers
  • 1 SAA Core Learning Hour
FREE
Design And Specification of ACM/MCM In Today’s Architecture

Explore different architectural cladding options. Discover how aluminum composite material (ACM) panels and metal composite material (MCM) panels have broadened architectural horizons, providing weatherability, fire resistance, long service life, and design flexibility.

  • 1 AAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour
  • 1 AIBD CE Hour
  • 1 OAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 SAA Core Learning Hour
FREE
Design Engineering & Cold-Formed Steel Basics

This course provides a basic overview of exterior cold-formed steel framing, as well as the characteristics and usage of different types of exterior deflection systems. Also included is a review of how to avoid common mistakes when framing, as well as the ASTM and AISI standards for cold-formed steel framing products....

  • 1 AAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour
  • 1 AIBD CE Hour
  • 1 ICC CEU
  • 1 OAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 SAA Core Learning Hour
FREE
Do I Really Have to Do That?...On My Tile & Stone Installations?

A collection of tile industry myths, urban legends, misconceptions, and misunderstandings. This course reviews industry standards, products, installation methods, and practices used to ensure safe, durable installations. Despite best efforts to educate, problems still exist due to resistance to proper methods, product se...

  • 1 AAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour
  • 1 AIBD CE Hour
  • 1 IDCEC CEU
  • 1 OAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 SAA Core Learning Hour
FREE

Elevate and evolve your bathroom design with in-wall flushing technology, wall-mounted bowls, and flush-plate options. Design professionals will be inspired by space savings, beautiful materials and finishes, and the practical benefits in-wall carrier systems have to offer. In this one-hour course, in-wall concealed tank...

  • 1 AAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour
  • 1 AIBD CE Hour
  • 1 IDCEC HSW CEU
  • 1 OAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 RCEP PDH for Engineers
  • 1 SAA Core Learning Hour
FREE
Enduring Beauty: High Performing Open Jointed Cladding Systems

This course encourages participants to think outside the box and consider using polymer cladding as a material to create aesthetic, enduring, and moisture resistant rainscreens that will better protect buildings and its occupants. We will discuss other more commonly used products and the issues faced with each. We will a...

  • 1 AAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour
  • 1 AIBD CE Hour
  • 1 OAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 SAA Core Learning Hour
FREE
Finishing Gypsum Board: Appearance and Indoor Air Quality

In this course, we explore sound transmission and acoustical requirements in buildings. Codes, standards, and design considerations are thoroughly reviewed. Acoustically enhanced gypsum board assemblies are evaluated as a solution for improving acoustics in multiple indoor environments.

  • 1 AAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour
  • 1 AIBD CE Hour
  • 1 OAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 SAA Core Learning Hour
FREE
Fire Rated Door Assemblies: Compliant Designs

This one hour course teaches the essentials of fire rated doors, frames, and hardware. Ensure your fire rated openings are compliant by learning about the applicable codes, requirements, and design considerations.

  • 1 AAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour
  • 1 AIBD CE Hour
  • 1 OAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 SAA Core Learning Hour
FREE

Fire-retardant treated wood (FRTW) provides the traditional aesthetic of wood without the fear of flammability. Join us in this one-hour course as we discuss interior and exterior FRTW, codes and tests that ensure FRTW is safe for buildings and their occupants, and the many applications for FRTW products. Participants wi...

  • 1 AAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour
  • 1 AIBD CE Hour
  • 1 OAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 SAA Core Learning Hour
FREE
Fire-Rated Doors and Frames

Develop a basic understanding of fire test requirements and processes for obtaining ratings on fire rated doors and frames. Become familiar with the hardware requirements, as well as the various fire rated door and frame applications including requirements for glazing, transoms and other components.

  • 1 AAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour
  • 1 AIBD CE Hour
  • 1 OAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 SAA Core Learning Hour
FREE
Forced Entry Resistant Doors and Frames

Every type of building requires protection against forced entry -- and doors & frames are the first line of defense. Learn about finding the "just right" amount of security for your building projects and how to specify the doors and frames.

  • 1 AAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour
  • 1 OAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 SAA Core Learning Hour
FREE

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