Free Online Courses

Free Online Courses:
Organized by CSI Division

You have continuing education requirements, we have the free courses you need to help you maintain your credentials. To get started, just login or create a new account. Then browse through our list of free HSW credit courses below! All programs are organized by CSI division to help you find topics of interest quickly. You can even filter by a specific CSI division or profession to find what you want even faster. Complete a course, take the quiz and make an 80% or higher, and you’ll earn a certificate of completion. Are you an AIA member? Interior designer? Landscape architect? Or maybe you’re an engineer? We’ve got you covered! If the course you complete is registered with AIA, IDCEC, ASLA or RCEP, we’ll report your course credit to these organizations on your behalf. Just be sure to add your association member number to your RonBlank.com account.

Search form

(00) Special Topics

An Introduction to BIM & Automated Specifications

In this one hour course, we will discuss Building Information Modeling and how this technology has optimized the building design process. We will take a more in depth look at how current specification management works and discuss an idea for improving the currently disjointed method. We will introduce automated specifica...

  • 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
An Introduction to BIM & Automated Specifications

Today's clients are more immune than ever to traditional advertising and marketing methods. Competition is fierce and to most prospective clients, all architects look alike. How do you differentiate yourself in a crowded market? In this one hour presentation, you'll discover a little-known but highly effective 3 step pro...

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

(03) Concrete

Autoclaved Aerated Concrete: Old Technology, New Applications

This course provides an overview of autoclaved aerated concrete (AAC) with a discussion of the raw materials and production process, and a focus on the beneficial properties of the wide range of AAC products available today for use in a variety of commercial and residential projects.

  • 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
How to Treat Concrete

This course discusses the assessment and repair of a concrete floor and specifies how to select a high-performance coating system based on the conditions and requirements of a construction project.

  • 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
Integrally Colored Concrete

Find everything you need to know about coloring concrete with integral (mixed in) colors. Review the wide spectrum of colors that are used, the application process, and the benefits of integral color concrete that give it a long-lasting appeal.

  • 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

(04) Masonry

Designing Adhered Masonry Veneer

This course will better inform the design professional on the differences between a cavity wall and an adhered masonry veneer. We will also more closely examine the products in adhered masonry veneers and cover the installation techniques that improve overall wall performance.

  • 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
Designing with Texas Limestone

In this one-hour course, the design professional will be introduced to the natural characteristics and design opportunities of Texas limestone. The process of extracting stone from the quarry will be reviewed along with the fabrication process, cutting, and finishing. Specific design options and opportunities will be add...

  • 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
Lightweight Molded Architectural Limestone

In this one-hour course, we discuss light-weight architectural (LWMA) limestone as a non-structural alternative to conventional limestone and compare it to other architectural limestone alternatives. The program will cover LWMA limestone composition, durability, product testing, and application examples.

  • 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

(05) Metals

Access Ladders & Stairways: Design and Code Solutions

This course will discuss different types of ladders and stairways, and the various applications in which they can be safely used. The designer will also learn about codes and minimum requirements necessary to adhere to standards both dimensionally and for fire ratings.

  • 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
Architectural Fire Rated Joint Assemblies

Through an evaluation on head-of-wall, bottom-of-wall and wall-to-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.

  • 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
Architectural Railing Systems: Style You Can Hold on To

Handrails and guardrails are a safety feature that we easily take for granted as common fixture of environment where stairs and balconies are a feature, aiding us in our coming and going. Discover how these systems impact not just the aesthetic of your design, but also the importance of proper specification and utilizing...

  • 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 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
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
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
Introduction to Expanded Metal and Applications

Be able to describe the benefits of expanded metal and how it is installed, including what the current standards are. Learn how to write specifications using industry standard nomenclature on various patterns.

  • 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
Light-Gauge Steel Framing Connection Products: Specifying Tested Connection Products That Limit Liability

Define the use of light-gauge steel framing connection products. Discuss practical applications of deflection clips, support clips, and the various methods of installation for different types of connectors.

  • 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
Pedestrian Cable Railings: Guardrails with Cable Infill

This course will examine the code and design requirements for railing systems using cable as the railing in-fill material. Information about cables, frames, and both vertical and horizontal cable railing systems will be presented along with a review of specific design considerations and applications. In addition, appropr...

  • 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
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
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

Pages