CertainTeed Launches Academy of Continuing Education

Strengthening its long-standing reputation as a leading resource for Building Knowledge, CertainTeed Corp. has launched the Academy of Continuing Education, a new dynamic resource for professional training and technical information created to inform and inspire. The academy features the industry’s most extensive and engaging collection of Continuing Education Unit courses and provides access to unparalleled applied building science expertise through CertainTeed’s subject matter experts and live events.

“For nearly 20 years, CertainTeed has been educating architects and design professionals on the latest trends, building and product innovations,” said Jill Betters, manager, commercial and architectural programs for CertainTeed Corporation. “The Academy of Continuing Education takes education delivery to a whole new level by making it easy and efficient for busy professionals who need more dynamic ways of learning in their ever-changing professions.”

Developed in conjunction with McGraw Hill Construction, the Academy of Continuing Education features intuitive navigation of the company’s CEU courses, helping to establish a clear connection between current industry topics and relevant products and solutions from CertainTeed. The courses are designed by experts with hand-on experience to address the ever-changing issues faced by today’s building professionals. A few of the most recent courses cover topics including “Understanding and Improving Indoor Air Quality,” “Understanding LEED 2009 vs. LEED Version 4: Driving Transparency in the Marketplace,” and “Creating Superior Acoustic Environments in Schools with Evidence-Based Design.”

All CEU courses available through the Academy are accredited by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and many are certified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), giving professionals the credits they need and the product and system knowledge to specify smarter. And the online academy helps users easily organize and keep track of their completed courses and earned credits.

Online content is accessible 24/7 via multiple platforms and devices, giving users the ability to choose how and when they want to learn—whether by attending scheduled seminars or taking an online self-guided course. In addition to the Academy of Continuing Education, CertainTeed also connects with architects through in-person learning opportunities at national trade shows, architect symposiums and plant tours.

“Years of building science and construction expertise make CertainTeed an acknowledged leader in educating building professionals, and sharing what we know is an essential part of our company purpose,” said Eric Nilsson, vice president of corporate marketing for CertainTeed Corporation. “The launch of the Academy of Continuing Education takes CertainTeed to the next level in being a trusted and innovative resource for up-to-date, unbiased information that helps architects put sound building principles to work for their clients, and for their business.”

Copper Development Association Offers AIA-accredited Introductory Course on Copper

The Copper Development Association (CDA) has received accreditation from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) for its introductory course on copper and its unique properties. The course, which covers mining, processing, material properties and typical uses of copper, will earn students one Learning Unit Credit from the AIA.

The course was launched as part of a new informational tool, the Copper Learning Center, that has been developed by the CDA. This virtual classroom provides students and industry professionals easy access to extensive information on copper and its many applications.

CDA has gathered information from industry experts in order to provide the most accurate information on copper usage in industry and manufacturing. The courses will be organized into concise, engaging and affordable modules that can be accessed on-demand. Future courses will be developed specifically for experienced professionals, and will focus on copper applications in building and construction, as well as sustainable energy.

“We feel that the Copper Learning Center will be a great resource for students and industry professionals alike, because it will provide an extensive, mobile-friendly and self-paced learning network,” said CDA Vice President Robert Weed.

“This learning center will continue to grow, and will provide a platform for other educational opportunities, including online webinars and access to a community of experts that can help users develop as professionals,” said Weed. “We are also working toward offering more Continuing Education credits for these courses, and will be constantly evolving the site to add even more resources for our users.”

If your organization would like to enroll multiple employees in the classes, please contact the CDA and they will work with you to establish an organizational discount. You may reach out to Kyle Sexton, Program Coordinator for CDA, at kyle.sexton@copperalliance.us.

For more information about the Copper Learning Center, watch this informational video, or click here to register for the course.

SnoBlox-SnoJax Releases AIA-accredited Course

SnoBlox-SnoJax has just released its first training course for the snow retention and metal roof industry. With a combined 80 years of snow retention experience, the four course instructors have created the most comprehensive course on the subject. Pad style, bar systems, roof clamps, methods of attachment and layout theory are the basis of this 1.5 hour course.

The course is free of charge and open for all design professionals, contractors, homeowners or anyone interested in learning more about the basics of snow retention and layout design. “Modern Snow Retention Products & Installation Methods” has been accredited by AIA and numerous other organizations for 1.5 CE credit hours. However, it is also a great basic foundation for anyone wanting to learn more about snow retention products and techniques.

The course covers the history of snow retention, modern product designs, layout theory, and discusses various types of failures and how to avoid them. The course is also loaded with photos that complement the easy-to-understand content.