Continuing Education

Armstrong Commercial Ceilings & Walls offers a variety of continuing education courses to help you with everything from writing better specifications to sustainability practices and how ceiling and wall products are made. All are AIA-approved and many are IDCEC CES-approved. Browse the course descriptions, then contact your local sales rep for more information and to arrange a session at your organization.

Course Topics

Reducing Noise/Achieving Speech Privacy

Acoustic Design of Green Buildings for Communications, Privacy, and Productivity

Lyra

AIA Program Number: AIACES802     Credits: 1 Learning Unit; Credit Designations: LU/HSW/SD
GBCI Program Number: 0090006791     Credits: 1 LU 

Green buildings do many things well – but noise control and speech privacy can’t always be counted as part of that list. Some of the strategies that make green buildings green, result in poor acoustics.

The reason we design and operate buildings … is for people. We realize how important Interior Environmental Quality is to communications, health and productivity. We have learned from various research studies, acoustics is still a key factor of dissatisfaction in interior environments.

  • This course is designed to accomplish four learning objectives: 
  • Why ‘Acoustic Comfort’ is an important element of indoor environmental quality (IEQ) in green buildings. 
  • How proper architectural/acoustic design practices can benefit owners and occupants in all building segments.
  • Learn about guidelines, standards, and Green Rating Systems that address acoustic design and performance. 
  • Review design practices that address acoustic needs in closed spaces, open plan spaces, exposed structures, and classrooms

 

STEP 1:  TAKE THE ONLINE COURSE

Acoustic Design of Green Buildings for Communications, Privacy, and Productivity (VIDEO) 

STEP 2: TAKE QUIZ 

Acoustic Design of Green Buildings for Communications, Privacy, and Productivity (PDF)

STEP 3: EVALUATE CLASS  

Course Evaluation (PDF)

Acoustical Basics for Design Professionals

 Lyra

AIA Program Number: ABDP    Credits: 1 LU
GBCI Program Number: 0090009091     Credits: 1 LU 
IDCEC Approved (No Course Number)      Credits:  0.1 LU  


This one hour seminar will focus on understanding basic wall to wall ceilings, integrated perimeters, floating ceilings, soffit perimeters, light coves and codes and rating systems.

  • Understand molding options
  • Understand panel types
  • Understand the correct suspension system
  • Apply Seismic Installation Considerations
  • Understand Perimeter Trim Options
  • Understand correct installation method

 

STEP 1:  TAKE THE ONLINE COURSE

Acoustic Basics for Design Professionals (VIDEO)    

STEP 2: TAKE QUIZ 

Acoustic Basics for Design Professionals (PDF)

STEP 3: EVALUATE CLASS  

Course Evaluation (PDF)

Acoustical Design Strategies for Walls

Soundsoak

AIA Program Number: 08ADSW     Credits: 1 LU

This session provides insight into how to integrate wall assemblies and acoustical treatment into your design strategy. Client needs ranging from improved sound quality to better intelligibility or speech privacy will be discussed.  Descriptions of acoustical terms related to walls will be covered along with performance-based results from different design strategies. An overview of the LEED® for Schools rating system with new acoustical standards is also included, as well as practical applications across a variety of building segments.

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Acoustical Research Facility Tour

Acoustical Research Facility Tour

AIA Program Number: 06ALT2     Credits: 1 LU     *Lancaster PA only 

This program is a guided tour of an NVLAP certified acoustical research facility. Participants will learn the construction means and methods of such a facility, as well as gain an understanding of the ASTM tests for NRC, CAC, STC, and AC. Groups will also learn how construction assemblies can affect the performance of a space, designing for optimum privacy or intelligibility, as well as reverberation time.

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Acoustics II: Speech Privacy in Office Design

Calla

AIA Program Number: 83CLAC      Credits: 1 LU
IDCEC Course Number: 7347      Credits:  0.1 LU

This program is a guided tour of an NVLAP certified acoustical research facility. Participants will learn the construction means and methods of such a facility, as well as gain an understanding of the ASTM tests for NRC, CAC, STC, and AC. Groups will also learn how construction assemblies can affect the performance of a space, designing for optimum privacy or intelligibility, as well as reverberation time.

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Acoustics III: Classroom Acoustics

Fine Fissure

AIA Program Number: 83CLAC      Credits: 1 LU
IDCEC Course Number: 7347      Credits:  0.1 LU  

This seminar gives a clearer understanding of how sound impacts learning environments, and how choosing appropriate interior finishes can reduce sound reverberation and background noise in classrooms. An overview of the ANSI S12.60-2002, or the American National Standard Institute’s recommended guidelines for noise in classrooms, is also included as well as “real world” case studies of “before” and “after” installed solutions in classrooms.

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Sustainability

Building Product Transparency; Life Cycle Assessment, Health & Environmental Product Declarations

AIA Program Number: LCAEPD601      Credits: 1 LU
GBCI Program Number: 0090008241      Credits:  0.1 LU 
IDCEC Approved (No Course Number)      Credits:  0.1 LU 

This one hour seminar will focus on understanding the need to reduce the impact of buildings and building interiors on the environment. It will introduce new sustainable requirements for product transparency as evidenced by new LEED v4 credit requirements, introduce and educate participants on the importance of Life Cycle Analysis, as well as Health and Environmental Product Declarations.

  • Understand the need to reduce the impact of buildings on the environment 
  • Familiarize themselves with the new questions asked about products 
  • Understand the industry drivers for product transparency 
  • Understand the focus of USGBC and new LEEDv4 credits for Materials

 

STEP 1: DOWNLOAD MATERIALS

Building Product Transparency; Life Cycle Assessment, Health & Environmental Product Declarations (PDF)

STEP 2: TAKE QUIZ

Building Product Transparency; Life Cycle Assessment, Health & Environmental Product Declarations (PDF)

STEP 3: EVALUATE CLASS

Course Evaluation (PDF)

Energy Savings and Environmental Benefits of High Light-Reflectance Ceilings

Optima

AIA Program Number: 07HILR     Credits: 1 LU     

This one-hour seminar covers the basics of light reflectance, lighting trends in commercial spaces, how high light-reflectance [Hi-LR] affects energy costs, how the right combination of lighting and ceiling can improve workers' effectiveness, and how to leverage the results of a light reflectance study to gain LEED points. You will also gain an understanding of the potential tax credits available by using high light-reflectance ceilings with indirect lighting systems, and how to specify acoustical ceilings to meet these needs.

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Flexible by Design: Innovative Approaches for Powering Low Energy Buildings

AIA Program Number:  11DCFZ     Credits: 1 LU
USGBC Program Number: 0090007245     Credits: 1 LU

This one-hour seminar provides insight into the trend toward net zero energy buildings and its impact on your design strategies.  An overview of industry goals and standards related to energy use in buildings will be provided and applied to existing buildings as well as new construction.  Non-technical descriptions of hybrid powered buildings and direct-current (DC) power distribution will be covered along with client needs ranging from reconfiguration flexibility to integration of renewable energy sources.  Attendees will also discuss practical applications that blend energy efficiency and effective design using case studies.  

 

STEP 1: TAKE THE ONLINE COURSE

Flexible by Design: Innovative Approaches for Powering Low Energy Buildings (VIDEO)  

STEP 2: TAKE THE QUIZ

Flexible by Design: Innovative Approaches for Powering Low Energy Buildings (PDF)

STEP 3: EVALUATE CLASS 

Course Evaluation (PDF)

 

Integrated ceiling solutions

Understanding Code Compliant Integrated Ceiling Solutions

Course Number: EX205     Credits: 1.00 AIA LU/HSU

  •  Understand new installation systems available that navigate the challenges of designing ceilings from one end of a building to another.
  • Explain the design and construction benefits of pre-engineered integrated ceiling systems versus traditional ceiling design and construction practices.
  • Describe the environmental and occupant comfort benefits of pre-engineered systems versus traditional systems.
  •  Apply new construction practice knowledge to make informed product specification choices.
  • Implement new construction methods to design ceilings that can be easily constructed.
  • Understand the value of collaborating early with your ceiling partner to ensure best practices are followed to meet your project design intent.

   

STEP 1: DOWNLOAD MATERIAL 

Understanding Code Compliant Integrated Ceiling Solutions (PDF)

STEP 3: EVALUATE CLASS

Course Evaluation (PDF)

Detailing Perimeters and Floating Elements in the Ceiling Plane

SoundScapes Shapes

AIA Program Number: PFECP-A     Credits: 1 LU AIA     Approved for HSW Credit

This one hour seminar will focus on understanding basic wall to wall ceilings, integrated perimeters, floating ceilings, soffit perimeters, light coves and codes and rating systems.

  • Understand molding options
  • Understand panel types 
  • Understand the correct suspension system
  • Apply Seismic Installation Considerations
  • Understand Perimeter Trim Options
  • Understand correct installation method

 

STEP 1: DOWNLOAD MATERIAL

 Detailing Perimeters and Floating Elements in the Ceiling Plane 

STEP 2: EVALUATE CLASS 

Course Evaluation (PDF)

Lancaster Corporate Campus Tours

Design Symposium

 Infusions Blades

AIA Program Number: 01DS6     Credits: 6 LU     * Lancaster PA only 

Design Symposium is an all-day program held at Armstrong headquarters in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. This seminar gives participants an intensive education in acoustical ceiling systems. It also includes hands-on learning, with various activities, workshops, and a tour of Armstrong’s corporate campus, local acoustical ceiling plant, and laboratories.

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Acoustical Research Facility Tour

Acoustical Research Facility Tour

AIA Program Number: 06ALT2     Credits: 1 LU     *Lancaster PA only 

This program is a guided tour of an NVLAP certified acoustical research facility. Participants will learn the construction means and methods of such a facility, as well as gain an understanding of the ASTM tests for NRC, CAC, STC, and AC. Groups will also learn how construction assemblies can affect the performance of a space, designing for optimum privacy or intelligibility, as well as reverberation time.

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aDDitional Courses

IBC Seismic Code and Ceiling Installation Requirements

AIA Program Number: 02SMC1     Credits: 1 LU     
IDCEC Course Number: 7966      Credits: 0.1 LU      

The "IBC Seismic Code and Ceiling Installation Requirements" CEU offers an overview of the classifications of IBC seismic design categories, the effect of soil type, location, and building types on design categories, and installation methods and details, including alternate ceilings suspension designs.

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Innovations in Acoustical Ceilings for Today's Flexible Interiors

Innovations in Acoustical Ceilings

AIA Program Number: K1504W A     Credits: 1 LU AIA     Approved for HSW Credt

Understanding how to design for acoustics in today's flexible interiors takes on new importance as traditional acoustical recommendations are not compatible with current design trends. Architects are challenged with designing spaces that have multiple functions. Now the science behind the ceiling is able to provide both high sound absorption (NRC) and sound blocking (CAC) in the same panel.  

 

STEP 1: DOWNLOAD MATERIALS

Innovations in Acoustical Ceilings for Today's Flexible Interiors

STEP 2: EVALUATE CLASS

Course Evaluation (PDF)

Introduction to Basic Acoustics

Ledges

AIA Program Number: 097AC1-02     Credits: 1 LU     
IDCEC Course Number: 7345      Credits: 0.1 LU      

The objectives of this course fall into four broad categories: an introduction to acoustical terms, a description of sound fundamentals, a review of acoustical ceiling and wall performance measures, and an evaluation of these concepts when designing various commercial spaces.  Attendees will also discuss practical applications through case studies.  Finally, participants will learn how to evaluate ceiling system options based on industry classifications.

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Light Reflectance I: An Introduction to Light Reflectance

DC Flexzone with Ultima

AIA Program Number: 098LR1     Credits: 1 LU     
IDCEC Course Number: 7508      Credits: 0.1 LU      

This one-hour seminar covers the basics of light reflectance, advantages and disadvantages of four types of lighting, how light reflectance affects energy costs, how the right combination of lighting and ceiling can improve workers' effectiveness, and how to specify acoustical ceilings to meet these needs.

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Material Impact Changes in LEED v4

CEU Cover

AIA Program Number: LEED14A     Credits: 1 LU     
USGBC Program Number: 0920003923      Credits: 1 LU

This one hour seminar will focus on understanding the material impact changes integrated into the new LEED v4 credit requirements.

  • Describe the differences between LEED v3 (2009) and LEED v4 related to materials
  • Identify credits that have been removed and added to LEED v4 
  • Explain why changes were made in LEED v4 
  • Explain how LEED v4 is driving innovation and market transformation 

 

STEP 1: DOWNLOAD MATERIALS

Material Impact Changes in Leed v4 (PDF)

STEP 2: TAKE QUIZ

Material Impact Changes in Leed v4 (PDF)

STEP 3: EVALUATE CLASS  

Course Evaluation (PDF)

Oral Private Issues: Healthcare Environment

Ultima Healthzone with DC Flexzone

AIA Program Number: 02HC1     Credits: 1 LU     
IDCEC Course Number: 7508      Credits: 0.1 LU      

"Oral Private Issues: Healthcare Environment" helps participants understand HIPAA regulations pertaining to oral privacy in healthcare buildings. The seminar also reviews ways to measure speech privacy, and attendees will be able to identify common problems associated with achieving acoustical privacy in the healthcare environment, and review ways to improve privacy using balanced acoustical design.

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Platinum LEED-EB Facilities Tour

Leed Building 701

AIA Program Number: 07LEB1     Credits: 1 LU     *Lancaster PA only     
      

This hour presentation/tour reviews one of the only LEED Platinum EB structures on the East Coast. The tour begins with a short presentation that explains the design intent of the original building, the facility changes and controls that were made to improve the building’s performance, and the submission procedure. Following the presentation, participants will have an opportunity to review the building’s architectural materials and performance features that helped earn the highest rating conferred by the USGBC.

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Solving Healthcare Design Challenges with Ceiling Systems

ULtima Healthzone

AIA Program Number: 10SHDC     Credits: 1 LU       

Solving Healthcare Design Challenges with Ceiling Systems identifies key challenges effecting healthcare today such as infection prevention and control, acoustics, and sustainable design. This seminar identifies and defines the design standards and guidelines for healthcare, including CDC Guidelines for Disinfection and Sterilization in Healthcare facilities, the FGI Guidelines for Design and Construction of Healthcare Facilities, and Green Guide for Healthcare. Learn evidence-based design strategies, how to select appropriate interior finishes, and implement a balanced acoustical design strategy.

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Specifying Metal Ceilings

MetalWorks Torsion

AIA Program Number: 06MC1     Credits: 1 LU       

This course on specifying metal ceilings helps participants understand the attributes and benefits of using metal ceilings. This one-hour course identifies key segments and spaces where metal is being used today in commercial interiors, as well as its use in exterior applications. The course also describes the possibilities and limitations in specifying a variety of different sizes, shapes, and patterns.

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Specifying Wood Ceilings

WoodWorks Grille

AIA Program Number: 010SMC     Credits: 1 LU       

The selection and specification of wood ceiling and wood walls can produce many aesthetic, functional, and sustainable design benefits and challenges. This CES program will inform the professional specifier of how wood ceiling and wall product attributes like size, composition, shape, veneers types, and quality can impact the schedules and costs on projects in which they are used. Participants will also learn how specific attributes of wood panel systems can impact important functional criteria for passive acoustics, fire performance, plenum accessibility, and environmental sustainability affecting LEED/FSC Certification

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Please note:

 IDCEC attendees must self-report for their participation in courses with an approved IDCEC number.  All others have not been approved by the IDCEC and are either pending or are ineligible for IDCEC credits.

 All learning units qualify as Health, Safety, and Welfare [HSW] credit per the AIA CES continuing education guidelines. “Sustainable Ceiling Systems” also qualifies as SD, or Sustainable Design.