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.

(10) Specialties

Alternating Tread Stairs and Other Devices for Space Limited Applications

Alternating Tread Stairs and other types of steep stair and ladder devices are widely used to save space in applications like building maintenance, rooftops, roof hatches, equipment, and other areas. This session will help architects understand: The regulations and codes that affect the use and design of different types...

  • 1 AAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour
  • 1 AIBD CE Hour
  • 1 BOMI CPD Hour
  • 1 OAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 SAA Core Learning Hour
FREE
Commercial Roofing Strategic Financial Solutions

This one-hour course will help explain making the financial case for including integrated photovoltaic systems on all roofing projects. You will realize that solar means going green in more ways than one, green for the environment and green as in dollars saved with Investment Tax Credit. We will discuss why solar power i...

  • 1 AAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour
  • 1 AIBD CE Hour
  • 1 BOMI CPD Hour
  • 1 IIBEC CEH
  • 1 OAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 SAA Core Learning Hour
FREE
Fully Accessible Restroom Design: Beyond the Standards

In this one-hour course, the design professional will review the ADA Standards for accessible design to determine how the codes were developed and more importantly, how they may be applied to building projects. We will discuss why design professionals should do more than minimally meet the standards and encourage design...

  • 1 AAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 ADA Accessibility / Barrier-Free Req.
  • 1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour
  • 1 AIBD CE Hour
  • 1 BOMI CPD Hour
  • 1 OAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 SAA Core Learning Hour
FREE
Lighting the Path for Building Egress Safety

This one-hour course examines the need for photoluminescent lighting systems in stairways of buildings across the country to provide a safe pathway of exit during emergencies. The idea of finding a way to illuminate a safe path for building occupants has been tossed around for decades, but the main obstacle encountered i...

  • 1 AAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour
  • 1 AIBD CE Hour
  • 1 BOMI CPD Hour
  • 1 OAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 SAA Core Learning Hour
FREE
Shaping Spaces: Hanger Rod Canopies in Architecture

“Shaping Spaces – Hanger Rod Canopies in Architecture ” is an immersive and comprehensive course designed to empower architects with the knowledge and expertise needed to excel in the realm of hanger rod canopies. This course delves deep into the world of architectural canopies, covering topics such as design principles,...

  • 1 AAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour
  • 1 AIBD CE Hour
  • 1 ASLA LA/CES PDH
  • 1 BOMI CPD Hour
  • 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 BOMI CPD Hour
  • 1 OAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 SAA Core Learning Hour
FREE
The Only Canopy Course You’ll Ever Need

This course provides a detail-oriented, full-scope plan for integrating canopy and sunshade solutions into the greater building project.The discussion emphasizes implementing best-practice methods and specification of canopy and sun control devices to gain expert function, maximum sustainability, and state-of-the-art de...

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

(11) Equipment

Detention Design & Construction with Truss-reinforced Steel Panels

In this one-hour course, participants will learn about the evolution of detention construction as well as different materials and approaches to constructing cells and other secure areas. The course will focus on advanced detention construction solutions using truss-reinforced steel panels with hollow metal doors, frames...

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

(12) Furnishings

Modern Storage Solutions for Healthcare

In this one-hour course, we will explore storage issues that healthcare facilities face due to the demands of ever-changing technological advances as well as a lack of usable space. When healthcare facilities do not have easy access to necessary supplies and equipment, patient treatment may suffer as well as cause added...

  • 1 AAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour
  • 1 AIBD CE Hour
  • 1 BOMI CPD Hour
  • 1 OAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 SAA Core Learning Hour
FREE
Introduction to Entrance Flooring Systems

This course will explain the functions and benefits of a well-designed entrance system and will provide application dependent guidelines that will aide in proper system design. Value and Benefit of an Entrance Flooring system. Industry standards, including ADA requirements and United States Green Council (USGBC) LEED cre...

  • 1 AAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour
  • 1 AIBD CE Hour
  • 1 BOMI CPD Hour
  • 1 OAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 SAA Core Learning Hour
FREE
Modern Materials for Contemporary Design

Today we are going to look at three contemporary high-end materials: aluminum, glass and high gloss acrylic. First, we will review the inherent qualities of each, then we will look at how each might be incorporated into your designs. We will review the design options of each application and how to specify these materials...

  • 1 AAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour
  • 1 AIBD CE Hour
  • 1 BOMI CPD Hour
  • 1 IDCEC HSW CEU
  • 1 OAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 SAA Core Learning Hour
FREE
One Step at a Time: Safety & Sustainability - update

This one-hour course examines how stair treads and nosings increase stair safety for users, especially in the event of an emergency. Join us as we discuss the different parts of a stair, the coefficients of friction for different nosing options, new innovations that make treads and nosings durable and sustainable, and co...

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

(22) Plumbing

Benefits of High Efficiency Gas Water Heaters: Tank & Tankless Commercial Applications

To optimize the design and performance of commercial water heater systems, professionals should understand the difference between standard and high efficiency gas water heaters. Join us in this one-hour course as we cover the benefits of high efficiency gas water heaters and how to easily convert from standard to high ef...

  • 1 AAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour
  • 1 AIBD CE Hour
  • 1 ASPE CE Hour
  • 1 BOMI CPD Hour
  • 1 OAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 RCEP PDH for Engineers
  • 1 SAA Core Learning Hour
FREE
Boiler and Water Heater Retrofit: Things to Consider when Evaluating the Building and the Mechanical Room

The walkthrough of a boiler and water heater retrofit is a vital step to assessing the existing conditions and determining what needs to be fixed to meet the client’s needs. Join us in this one-hour course as we discuss what to bring with you, what to document, and what questions to ask when performing a walkthrough. Par...

  • 1 AAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour
  • 1 AIBD CE Hour
  • 1 ASPE CE Hour
  • 1 BOMI CPD Hour
  • 1 OAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 RCEP PDH for Engineers
  • 1 SAA Core Learning Hour
FREE
Commercial Heat Pump Water Heater Split System

Commercial air to water heat pumps are the most efficient way to heat stored water. Join us in this one-hour course as we discuss the many benefits of commercial heat pump water heater split systems, such as increased sustainability and durability. Participants will be able to evaluate different heat pump systems and spe...

  • 1 AAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour
  • 1 AIBD CE Hour
  • 1 ASPE CE Hour
  • 1 BOMI CPD Hour
  • 1 OAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 RCEP PDH for Engineers
  • 1 SAA Core Learning Hour
FREE
Efficiency & Turndown: Hype Vs. Fact About Gas Fired Water Heaters & Boilers

Turndown has been a hot topic for a while now, but it isn’t a magic solution. Join us in this one-hour course as we separate the hype from the facts about high turndown, looking at real-world applications. Participants will learn why its better to focus on combustion and thermal efficiency to achieve high efficiency....

  • 1 AAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour
  • 1 AIBD CE Hour
  • 1 ASPE CE Hour
  • 1 BOMI CPD Hour
  • 1 OAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 RCEP PDH for Engineers
  • 1 SAA Core Learning Hour
FREE
Make Yourself at Home: Designing Residential Bathrooms for Living in Place

Everyone deserves to feel at home in their space—starting with the bathroom. Join us for this one-hour course as we discuss how to incorporate Living in Place concepts to ensure every project is accessible for all occupants and visitors, regardless of age or ability. Designers and architects will learn about strategies,...

  • 1 AAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour
  • 1 AIBD CE Hour
  • 1 BOMI CPD Hour
  • 0.1 NARI CEU
  • 0.1 NKBA CEU
  • 1 OAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 SAA Core Learning Hour
FREE
The Devil is in the Details: Common Pitfalls Specifying Commercial Boilers & Water Heaters

Overlooking the smallest detail in the beginning can cause huge issues later on. Join us in this one-hour course as we cover common pitfalls designers face when specifying commercial boilers and water heaters. We will review different types of installation and application errors that can cause major safety concerns.

  • 1 AAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour
  • 1 AIBD CE Hour
  • 1 ASPE CE Hour
  • 1 BOMI CPD Hour
  • 1 OAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 RCEP PDH for Engineers
  • 1 SAA Core Learning Hour
FREE
The Heat is On! High Efficiency Commercial Gas Water Heaters

Hot water generated with thermal efficiency in mind. Join us in this one-hour course as we discuss the sustainability initiatives and energy efficiency criteria for commercial gas water heaters and the benefits of installing a product that has met these standards. Participants will explore recent changes in building code...

  • 1 AAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour
  • 1 AIBD CE Hour
  • 1 BOMI CPD Hour
  • 1 OAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 RCEP PDH for Engineers
  • 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 Accessibility / Barrier-Free Req.
  • 1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour
  • 1 AIBD CE Hour
  • 1 ASPE CE Hour
  • 1 BOMI CPD Hour
  • 1 IDCEC HSW CEU
  • 1 OAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 SAA Core Learning Hour
FREE

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