AWC announces self-directed study program

LEESBURG, VA. – The American Wood Council is now offering a complimentary self-directed learning program on designing with wood. Courses are related to the use of traditional and engineered wood products for residential and commercial applications and are available on the AWC website.

AWC logoThe program allows those seeking continuing education unit (CEU) credits and others wanting to learn proper wood design to work at their own pace. Users will watch a video or read a document and then answer a series of questions as a means of review and measurement for awarding CEUs. Courses and credits are processed immediately after quiz completion.

“These courses can be completed from home or work, all at once, or in shorter portions,” said AWC Vice President of Technology Transfer John “Buddy” Showalter. “We have long offered live webinars and customizable in-person seminars. These new self-directed courses are part of AWC’s commitment to support the needs of busy building code officials and design professionals.”

Nine courses are currently available for CEU credit and are certified by the International Code Council and/or the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations:

BCD 302 Prescriptive Residential Wood Deck Construction Guide (DCA6 – 2012 IRC version)
BCD 410-1 International Building Code Essentials
STD 315 2012 Wood Frame Construction Manual Changes
DES 413 Shear Wall Design
DES 411A – Seismic-Resistive Design of Wood Buildings
DES 420A – Wind-Resistive Design of Wood Buildings
BCD 200A – Fire Protection in Wood Buildings
MAT 240A – Cross Laminated Timber
GB 200A – Wood and Environmental Product Declarations

More courses are planned and will be added to the website on an ongoing basis. Users will need to create an AWC account or login to an existing account in order to register for courses.

The American Wood Council (AWC) is the voice of North American wood products manufacturing, representing over 75 percent of an industry that provides more than 360,000 men and women with family-wage jobs. AWC members make products that are essential to everyday life from a renewable resource that absorbs and sequesters carbon. Staff experts develop state-of-the-art engineering data, technology, and standards for wood products to assure their safe and efficient design, as well as provide information on wood design, green building, and environmental regulations. AWC also advocates for balanced government policies that affect wood products. | @woodcouncil

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