Continuing Education

Armstrong Commercial Ceilings & Walls offers a variety of free 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 select from online self-serve courses or request a virtual CEU with your local representative.

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Architectural Record Continuing Education Center- See index of courses available here

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ACOUSTIC DESIGN IN THE K12 ENVIRONMENT

Credits: 1 AIA LU/Elective; 1 AIBD P-CE; 0.1 IACET CEU 
May qualify for learning hours through most Canadian architectural associations
Learning Objectives:

  1. Recognize the fundamental properties of sound.
  2. Define acoustical terms and concepts explained in this course. 

  3. List two acoustical design considerations for the Arlington Elementary School project.

  4. Describe material choices for enhanced acoustic design for the Arlington Elementary School project.

When Arlington Elementary School, in Tacoma, WA, undertook a redesign the approach was to create an open-program school, a rethink of traditional elementary school design. The approach stresses an abundance of natural light and impactful color options, as well as acoustic design that enhances the learning environment.
Mohamed Ait Allaoua, Managing Partner, A3 Acoustics will discuss the acoustic design and considerations of the Arlington Elementary School in Tacoma, Washington. 
Sean Browne, Principal Scientist, Armstrong Ceiling and Wall Solutions, is a member of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) and the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) and will provide a basis for understanding by reviewing the fundamental properties of sound, as well as related terms and concepts.
Karen Wood, AIA LEED AP, Associate, Mahlum will present her experience designing and building the Arlington Elementary School in Tacoma, Washington.
https://www.architecturalrecord.com/events/554-acoustic-design-in-the-k-12-environment

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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 Course Number: 0920018113     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

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

STEP 2: TAKE QUIZ 

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

STEP 3: EVALUATE CLASS  

Course Evaluation

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

Understanding Code Compliant Integrated Ceiling Solutions

CEU Course Cover Code Compliance

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.

   

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Understanding Code Compliant Integrated Ceiling Solutions

STEP 3: EVALUATE CLASS

Course Evaluation

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

 

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 Detailing Perimeters and Floating Elements in the Ceiling Plane 

STEP 2: EVALUATE CLASS 

Course Evaluation

Architectural Castings for Ceilings & Walls

plasterform

AIA Program Number: K1904C Credits: 1 LU HSW
IDCEC Approved: Credits 1 LU 

In this course, we will explore architectural castings and see how an understanding of their variety and properties can help architects use them very effectively in virtually any type of building including interior and exterior applications.

This course has four learning objectives:

  • Identify and recognize the characteristics of architectural castings as an alternative to traditional concrete, stone, and gypsum materials.
  • Investigate the design potential and innovative opportunities to incorporate architectural castings made from GRG, GFRC, FRP, and cast stone.
  • Assess the functional contributions of architectural castings as they contribute to green and sustainable design.
  • Formulate an assessment of the relevant cost saving considerations when specifying and designing with architectural castings.

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Cementitious Wood Fiber Products for Ceilings, Walls, and Roof Decks

Cementitious Wood Fiber Products CEU Cover

AIA Program Number: ArmTec098    Credits: 1 LU
IDCEC Approved: No Course Number    Credits: 1 LU

Structural Acoustical Products
  • Structural Roof Decks
  • Applications
Interior Acoustical Products
  • Interior Wall and Ceiling
  • Applications

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Cementitious Wood Fiber Ceiling and Walls Solutions

Cementitious Wood Fiber Ceiling and Wall Solutions CEU Cover

AIA Program Number: ArmTec099    Credits: 1 LU, 1 HSW
IDCEC Approved: No Course Number    Credits: 1 LU

Interior Acoustical Products
  • Discuss the role of cementitious wood fiber specialty ceilings in commercial buildings.
  • Evaluate how aesthetic choices interact with performance, safety and durability, in a broad range of standard, custom and one-of-a-kind design options.
  • Examine key performance attributes: acoustics, fire performance, accessibility to the plenum, seismic performance, moisture resistance, sustainability including contribution to USGBC LEED rating system, and installation.
  • Recognize how the manufacturing process of cementitious wood fiber panels determines their appearance, performance, lead time, and cost.

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CEU’S AVAILABLE THROUGH OUR SALES REPRESENTATIVES virtually

Integrated Ceiling and Lighting Solutions

AIA Program Number: LS301     Credits: 1 LU| HSW

This one hour seminar will focus on understanding the importance of pre-engineering ceiling and lighting integration. It will cover common construction issues caused by uncoordinated ceiling and light conditions. The course introduces and educates participants on the value associated with pre-Engineered ceiling and lighting solutions, as well as the Health, Safety, and Wellness contributions of good lighting practices.

The Advantages of Drywall Grid

The Advantages of Drywall Grid

AIA Program Number: DGS0418

This course will help you understand why drywall grid is important on projects and how it can benefit your overall design intent and vision. The course will walk through the benefits of pre-engineered drywall grid vs. traditional design and construction methods. 

By the end of this course you will understand how to implement these new construction methods into your ceiling design to find savings and reduce RFI’s.

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.

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.

Acoustical Design for Today’s Buildings

AIA Program Number: ADTB     Credits: 1 LU| HSW 
IDCEC Approved:    Credits: 1 LU
GBCI Course Number: 0920017068     Credits: 1 LU 

Have you heard a great building lately? How someone experiences a building relies on the experience of all their senses including their sense of hearing. As soon as someone or something makes a sound, the acoustic design becomes evident. Poor architectural acoustics can negatively affect building occupants' concentration, comprehension, confidentiality, healing, and/or learning. By contrast, good sound qualities can add drama, vibrancy, and energy, enhancing the occupant experience. Join us to explore the many options available today that help architects design for acoustics without compromising their design vision.

 

A New World of Acoustics

Twitter Office Room Scene

AIA Program Number: ANWA     Credits: 1 LU
GBCI Course Number: 0920018111    Credits: 1 LU 
IDCDEC Approved     Credits: 1 LU

This one-hour seminar outlines current and emerging options available to architects and designers, including a broad range of choice in interiors, renovation and restoration, products and materials, and sustainability. At the end of the seminar, participants should be able to understand acoustical terms, definitions, and concepts, explain various needs for balanced acoustical design by segment and trends like exposed structure, and understand the value and effect a balanced acoustical environment has on the people in the space.

Acoustics II: Speech Privacy in Office Design

Calla

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

Acoustics III: Classroom Acoustics

Fine Fissure

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

Lancaster Corporate Campus Tours

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Design Symposium

 Infusions Blades

AIA Program Number: 098DS2     Credits: 6 LU | HSW   * 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.

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.

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.