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.

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(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 specification management systems and present a tutorial to detail the features and...

  • 1 AAA Core Learning PDH
  • 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 process to attract and win high-quality clients and projects without spending...

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

(03) Concrete

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 Core Learning PDH
  • 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 Core Learning PDH
  • 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 Core Learning PDH
  • 1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour
  • 1 AIBD CE Hour
  • 1 OAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 SAA Core Learning Hour
FREE
Architectural Castings: Traditional Elegance & Tomorrow's History

In this course you will learn about the history and evolution of bonze and brass castings and their impact on the world. From simple beginnings to modern day technology you will gain insight and understanding of the sand casting process. The benefits of cast metal signs and plaques will be identified versus other sign options. There are virtually unlimited options available for communicating...

  • 1 AAA Core Learning PDH
  • 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 Core Learning PDH
  • 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-of-wall joints.

  • 1 AAA Core Learning PDH
  • 1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour
  • 1 AIBD CE Hour
  • 1 OAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 SAA Core Learning Hour
FREE
Design Engineering and Exterior Light-Gauge Steel Framing Basics

This course provides a basic overview of exterior light-gauge steel framing, as well as the characteristics and usage of different types of exterior deflection systems. Review how to avoid common mistakes when framing, and the ASTM standards for light-gauge steel framing products.

  • 1 AAA Core Learning PDH
  • 1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour
  • 1 AIBD CE Hour
  • 1 OAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 SAA Core Learning Hour
FREE
Designing with Shear Walls for Low to Midrise Construction

Understand how to design with shear walls for low to midrise construction. The components, location, test standards, advantages and disadvantages, as well as what should be considered when specifying shear elements are illustrated in this course.

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