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

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
Rigid Foams: Understanding the Advantages of Molded Insulation and Geofoam

Rigid foam insulations are available in many product and system configurations offering optimum performance for all types of building applications. In this one hour course, rigid foam insulation will be discussed with an emphasis on polystyrene foams and their specifications. Environmental factors and product comparisons...

  • 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
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
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 Security Solutions: Bullet, Blast & Forced Entry Resistant Products

Physical security products include bullet, blast and forced entry resistant doors, windows and wall panels as well as tornado rated doors. These products are a prudent safety precaution that protects the public, while limiting an employer's liability. This course allows the design professional to review and understand 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
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
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
Step Up to Safety

Learn how to select the appropriate pre-manufactured stair treads and nosings to improve the safety of your building stairway design. Learn the way pre-manufactured stair treads and nosings can complement your building design and improve the safe means of egress form your building with proper installation.

  • 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
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
The Evolution of Glulam - High Performance, Cost Conscious Structural Design

Over the course of the presentation, participants will review the evolution of glulam manufacturing and gain an understanding of the versatility offered through 24F-V4 glulam manufactured in framing widths and IJC compatible depth as a means to expand the available options designers have from the EWP product category....

  • 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
The Surface of the Future

This one-hour course examines the use of solid surfaces to help design professionals realize the versatility this modern, sleek product now offers. Applications of trend-setting solid surfaces are explored in a variety of applications including healthcare, commercial, retail, and educational industries. A comparison of o...

  • 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 SAA Core Learning Hour
FREE
The Use of Sound Control Fenestrations In Building Design

This course will review the basic science of sound and sound control, including ratings of acoustic performance, testing & certification of acoustic fenestration products. Considerations and methods when designing buildings and their systems will be covered as well.

  • 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
Three Coat Stucco System - Update

This one-hour course will explain the benefits of three coat stucco systems, which include fire resistance, moisture management, climate zones, life cycle data, care & maintenance. The course will also explain in detail what codes are applicable for the different wall assemblies available to the use of three coat st...

  • 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
Timeless Columns in Contemporary Design

In this one-hour course, we will review the history of columns to see how they have evolved from a means of solely providing physical support for buildings to adding light to a room or providing a timeless, contemporary piece of architecture with varied purposes. After investigating the different materials that columns 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
Total Design and ADA in Restrooms

On average, people use the restroom six times per day. Restrooms in a building largely reflect the design decisions you make. The purpose of this course is to make the case that a comprehensive design approach that integrates ADA design requirements, Universal Design strategies, and sustainable initiatives provides an in...

  • 1 AAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 ADA Fulfills State Accessibility/ADA/Barrier-free requirements
  • 1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour
  • 1 AIBD CE Hour
  • 1 ASPE CE Hour
  • 1 IDCEC CEU
  • 1 OAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 SAA Core Learning Hour
FREE
We've Got You Covered: Fluid-Applied Roofing Systems

In this one-hour course, the design professional will be exposed to the impact of roof deterioration throughout the US, and they will have an opportunity to explore a more cost-effective solution that can be used immediately to give new life to aging roofs in an effort to avoid spending millions of dollars replacing them...

  • 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
Why Thru-the-Wall? A Guide to HVAC Specification for Multi-Unit Application

Efficient HVAC design is paramount for multi-family building projects and impacts efficient air delivery, unit serviceability and, of course, occupant comfort. Discover how thru-the-wall HVAC systems can provide an optimal solution in multi-unit project applications.

  • 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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