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

Post-Frame Construction in Low-Rise Commercial Buildings

Post-frame construction, with its durability, design flexibility, energy efficiency, is the perfect choice for any low-rise commercial building. Join us in this one-hour course as we discuss post-frame construction methods, including foundations, columns, and trusses, as well as materials, coatings, and paint options. By...

  • 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
Powder and Liquid FEVE Coatings for Curtain Wall & Infrastructure Applications

In this one-hour course, we will discover the strengths and advantages of FEVE fluoropolymer topcoats for bridges and curtain walls, as well as maintenance re-coating of existing finishes. We will evaluate coating performance tests including accelerated weathering and real-time weathering and what the implications are fo...

  • 1 AAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour
  • 1 OAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 RCEP PDH for Engineers
  • 1 SAA Core Learning Hour
FREE
Proper Specification and Installation Recommendations for Nonstructural Wall Framing

Many different factors go in to the proper specification and installation recommenedations for nonstructural wall framing: Selection of proper stud, proper installation of metal stud framing, proper understanding and use of correct studs in fire-rated partitions

  • 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
Proper Specification and Installation Recommendations for Structural Wall Framing

Review the IBC 2012 Code Compliance requirements for cold-formed structural studs and the minimum requirements per ASTM C955. The installation procedure for cold-formed structural studs per ASTM C1007 and fire-rated construction are described in this course.

  • 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
Radiant Floor Heating Installation

Installation of radiant floor heating will be the focus of this course. We will review system components, layout, and manifold location considerations for the design process. Wet and dry installation techniques will be explained to improve the incorporation of RFH in your design.

  • 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
Railing Made Simple

In this course, we will familiarize attendees with styles and trends within railing systems and discuss how railing material choices affect safety, appearance, and future maintenance. The design professional will learn about code compliance and how product standardization helps to meet regulatory goals.

We will...

  • 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
Ready to Roll: An Introduction to Rolling Steel Doors

In this one-hour course, participants will receive a general overview of rolling steel doors and their competitive advantages in the door industry. It will discuss the components of rolling steel doors, focusing on their customization options, efficiency, and ability to protect assets and occupants from environmental haz...

  • 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
Reflective Insulation, Radiant Barriers, and Control Coatings

Did you know that they key to maintaining a comfortable temperature is to reduce the heat transfer out of the building in the winter and into the building in the summer? Learn about reflective insulation, radiant barriers, and control coatings that will affect a building's ability to reduce heating and cooling loads.

  • 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
Rooftop Equipment Securement: Codes and Solutions

This one-hour course provides a framework for understanding the importance of rooftop equipment securement. We’ll review current methods that are no longer code compliant and explore modern innovative solutions that properly secure all rooftop equipment and accessories. We will examine the critical need for application a...

  • 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
Showcase Quality Exposed Fireproof Columns

Structural fire protection guards essential structural components from the devastating effects of fire. This course examines the various active and passive fire protection methods that are available. Examined in depth are the composition, manufacture, finishes, and design and installation considerations of prefabricated...

  • 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
Side Folding -The Versatile Security Grille / Doors

Security grille doors are designed to be an affordable security solution for commercial applications anywhere in the world. In this one-hour course you will learn about Side Folding Grille doors and things you should know about their installation and applications. Product details will be shared along with an insight on...

  • 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
Snow Retention Devices: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

This course provides a framework for understanding the importance of snow retention on roofs, examines various roof type applications, identifies applications that have proven more successful at retaining snow, and underscores the citical need for proper planning, calculating, engineering and installing of these systems....

  • 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
Specialty Steel Doors: Blast & Bullet Resistant, Acoustic, Forced Entry and More

Improve your buildings with specialty doors and frames. Architects use them to improve safety, reduce noise or for a striking appearance. Learn about the most popular specialty doors today, including blast & bullet resistant, acoustic, forced entry, tornado resistant and more.

  • 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
Specifying the Best Sports Floor for Your Facility

The health, safety and performance of athletes is greatly affected by the playing surface. Standards for the dynamic relationship between a sports floor and athletes demonstrate that sustainable maple hardwood flooring offers exceptional accommodation of forces while enhancing play. This course also discusses key selecti...

  • 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
Specifying the Lowest Maintenance Wood Sealers

In this one-hour course, the design professional will be given the opportunity to consider ways that pre-finished wood products may be used to enhance the beauty of natural wood while expanding its life expectancy. Various types of wood sealants will be discussed to discover the advantages and disadvantages of each type....

  • 1 AAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 AIA LU CE Hour
  • 1 AIBD CE Hour
  • 1 IDCEC HSW CEU
  • 1 OAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 SAA Core Learning Hour
FREE
Specifying Today's Cast Polymer Shower System

There are many factors to consider when selecting the right cast polymer shower system. Knowing the benefits and drawbacks of the types of shower systems available can help make this decision easier. From hollow-wall products, to gel-coated lightweight panels, to composite solid surface, and Class-A fire-rated products,...

  • 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
Spray-In-Place Polyurethane Insulation Systems

Trace back the history of SPF development, and be able identify the physical properties of SPF insulation. Learn about the advantages of SPF insulation and see examples of typical applications of both open-cell and closed-cell SPF.

  • 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
Steel Doors and Frames 101

Learn what you need to know about steel doors and frames because every building has them. See how fire ratings work and the different performance capabilities of doors. You will also learn about the most common door upgrades to improve your building.

  • 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
Synthetic Grass Specifically Designed for Dogs

Synthetic (artificial) grass, specifically designed for use with dogs, is a cost-effective solution that offers a clean, safe, and aesthetically pleasing environment for dogs. Presented here are the health, safety, performance, and cost benefits of installing synthetic grass specifically designed for dogs; its suitable...

  • 1 AAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour
  • 1 AIBD CE Hour
  • 1 ASLA LA CE LA/CES PDH for ASLA members
  • 1 OAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 SAA Core Learning Hour
FREE
The Advantages of Covering an Indoor Pool

Using water efficiently to reduce unnecessary usage is the basic premise of water conservation. Indoor swimming facilities can conserve water, but more importantly, they can increase energy efficiencies and save money by using pool covers. In this one-hour course, you will learn about different types of pool covers, depl...

  • 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

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