8-Hour Package


AIA & State Approved
8 HSW Credits

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Architects 8 Hour Online Continuing Education Course Package

This 8-hour package contains:

Course #1 – (2 hour Online Video) ADA Standards:  Recreational Facilities | #AIABLTI315.20
Course #2 – (3 hour Narrated Course) Getting Decked: And Choosing How That Happens | #AIABLTI451
Course #3 – (3 hour Narrated Course) Construction Documents For Successful Projects | #AIABLTI450

Credit(s) earned on completion of this course will be reported to AIA CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members will be available to print upon completion of this course. This course is registered with AIA CES for continuing professional education.


2010 ADA Standards:
Recreational Facilities

Course Description

The ADA is one of America’s most comprehensive pieces of civil rights legislation that prohibits discrimination and guarantees that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else to participate in the mainstream of American life — to enjoy employment opportunities, to purchase goods and services, and to participate in State and local government programs and services. The 2010 Standards set minimum requirements – both scoping and technical – for newly designed and constructed, or altered State and local government facilities, public accommodations, and commercial facilities to be readily accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities.

This two hour video course covers the tenth chapter of the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design, Recreation Facilities.  The material for this course is presented by simple narration and power point video presentation, including on-site, real world video examples in various accessible buildings used by both the public and private sector.

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Be able recognize how recreational facilities can, and should comply with ADA standards.
  • Identify the ADA requirements for amusement parks, fitness equipment, golf facilities, play areas and swimming or boating facilities.
  • Outline at least one design strategy based on ADA standards for the construction of either a public or private building.
  • Summarize the options available to the design or building professional when designing a facility per the requirements of the ADA Standards.

Course Syllabus

Lesson One 1001- 1003.3.2 (35 minutes)

1.  Amusement Rides
2.  Recreational Boating Facilities


Lesson Two 1004- 1007.3.2 (20 minutes)

1.  Exercise Machines and Equipment
2.  Fishing Piers and Platforms

3.  Golf Facilities
4.  Miniature Golf Facilities


Lesson Three 1008- 1008.4.5 (20 minutes)

1.  Play Areas


Lesson Four 1009- 1010.1 (25 minutes)

1.  Swimming Pools, Wading Pools and Spas
2.  Shooting Facilities with Firing Positions





Course Description

Despite our need for shelter from elements, we have always sought opportunity to get back into or close to nature. A large part of our effort to reunite with nature has revolved around creating outdoor spaces adjoining our houses. There, we can get outside to enjoy favorable climate conditions, at whatever time we choose.

These outdoor spaces go by many names and have manifested as lanais, porches, screened enclosures, patios, etc. The most common outdoor spaces, constructed and attached to homes in western cultures, are outdoor decks, balconies and patios. For the purposes of this course, we will explore options available to build decks, balconies, and structures that are usually supported at some point above grade.

This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • The evolving use of different materials to construct safe and usable outdoor surfaces
  • Strengths and weaknesses of each available outdoor surface option
  • New surfacing options that have been developed to overcome decking material limitations
  • How surfacing materials are being combined to minimize weaknesses and maximize strengths


Lesson 1

Decking / Balconies Made of Wood

  • Support Structures for Wood Decks / Balconies
  • Why Wood Decks / Balconies
  • Advantages of Wood Decks / Balconies
  • Issues with Wood Decks / Balconies
  • Installing Wood Decks / Balconies
  • Maintenance of Wood Decks / Balconies
  • Available Finishes for Wood Decks / Balconies
  • Surface Preparation

Lesson 2

Decking / Balconies Made of Wood cont.

  • Paint
  • Waxes
  • Oils
  • Single Application Deck Finish
  • Traditional Polymers
  • Stain, Sealer, and Stain / Sealer Combinations
  • Hard Wax Oils
  • Life Cycle Costs of Wood Decks / Balconies
  • Optimal Use for Wood Decks / Balconies
  • Limitations for Use of Wood Decks / Balconies

Lesson 3

Decking / Balconies Made of Man-made Materials

  • Support Structures for Decks / Balconies of Man-made Materials
  • Why Man-made Decking
  • Installation of Man-made Decking
  • Products Available in Man-made Decking
  • Extruded Vinyl Decking
  • Extruded Composite Decking
  • Issues with Man-made Decking
  • Life Cycle Costs of Man-made Decking
  • Maintenance of Man-made Decking
  • Optimal Use for Man-made Decking
  • Limitations for Use of Man-made Decking

Lesson 4

Decking / Balconies Made of Aluminum

  • Support Structures for Aluminum Decks / Balconies
  • Why Aluminum Decks / Balconies
  • Installing Aluminum Decks / Balconies
  • Advantages of Aluminum Decks / Balconies
  • Available Finishes for Aluminum Decks / Balconies
  • Issues with Aluminum Decks / Balconies
  • Life Cycle Costs of Aluminum Decks / Balconies
  • Maintenance of Aluminum Decks / Balconies
  • Optimal Use for Aluminum Decks / Balconies
  • Limitations for Use of Aluminum Decks / Balconies

Decking / Balconies Made of Concrete

  • Support Structures for Concrete Decks / Balconies
  • Why Concrete Decks / Balconies
  • Installing Concrete Decks / Balconies
  • Advantages of Concrete Decks / Balconies
  • Available Finishes for Concrete Decks / Balconies
  • Issues with Concrete Decks / Balconies Life
  • Cycle Costs of Concrete Decks / Balconies
  • Maintenance of Concrete Decks / Balconies
  • Optimal Use for Concrete Decks / Balconies
  • Limitations for Use of Concrete Decks / Balconies

Lesson 6

Decking / Balconies Made of Porcelain?

  • Support Structures for Porcelain Decks / Balconies
  • Why Porcelain Decks / Balconies
  • Available Finishes for Porcelain Decks / Balconies
  • Installing Porcelain Decks / Balconies
  • Advantages of Porcelain Decks / Balconies
  • Issues with Porcelain Decks / Balconies
  • Life Cycle Costs of Porcelain Decks / Balconies
  • Maintenance of Porcelain Decks / Balconies
  • Optimal Use for Porcelain Decks / Balconies
  • Limitations for Use of Porcelain Decks / Balconies
  • Where Do We Go from Here?






Course Description

A well prepared and accurate technical specification can be easily undone if Divisions 00 and 01 of the project manual are deficient. The ‘front-end’ specification, or general conditions, is the tool that directs the contractor from the day he is introduced to the project through to completion. Without it, the architect, the client, and the builder are vulnerable to being sadly surprised. A well written ‘front-end’ can protect the architect and the builder from accusations of neglect, cost over-runs, demands for an expansion of the scope and much more. This course will teach the many elements of the front-end specification that are essential to success.

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Be able to integrate design concepts with current codes and regulations.
  • Translate the intentions and goals of the customer into a safe and cost-effective project.
  • Understand and be able to comply with federal laws if the project is paid for with governmental funds.
  • Specify and identify any code related issues or requirements in order to facilitate proper construction.

Chapter 1 (25 minutes)

1. Introduction
2. Division 00
3. Site Visit
4. Bonding
5. Addenda
6. Document Distribution
7. Alternates
8. Bid Forms

Chapter 2 (25 minutes)

1. Division 01
2. Changes
3. Allowances
4. Unit Pricing
5. Liquidated Damages
6. Insurance
7. Damage to Structures

Chapter 3 (25 minutes)

1. Notice of Commencement
2. Notice of Substantial Completion
3. Substitutions
4. Dimensions
5. Pay Applications

Chapter 4 (25 minutes)

1. Occupational Requirements
2. Storage of Materials
3. Commissioning
4. Utilities
5. Submittals
6. Obsolete Materials
7. Scheduling

Chapter 5 (25 minutes)

1. Permitting
2. Electronic Use of Drawings
3. Quality Assurance
4. Contractor’s Use of Site
5. Owner Furnished Products and Labor
6. Sustainable Design
7. Conclusion

  • Credit(s) earned on completion of this course will be reported to AIA CES for AIA members.  Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members are available to print upon completion of the course.
  • This course is registered with AIA CES for continuing professional education.  As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA or any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product.
  • Course instructors will be available by email at, or telephone (800-727-7104) between 9am and 5pm Eastern Standard Time. They will assist you with questions regarding course content.


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