FREE AIA/CES TRAINING WORKSHOPS

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FREE AIA/CES TRAINING WORKSHOPS

Attend a range of free-to-attend AIA/CES approved workshops across two days to gain insight into the developments within Building Solutions & Materials, Safety, Sustainable Building & Building Regulation, Marketing Tools, Business Skills & Innovation, Architecture, Design & BIM. 

AIA and state requirements for continuing education

Licensed architects must earn continuing education credits each year to fulfill AIA membership requirements. You may also need to complete continuing education requirements to renew your state license(s).

If you’re working on getting licensed, some AIA-approved courses count toward the experience requirement for licensure.

We offer a variety of ways to earn continuing education credits that make meeting your goals and licensing requirements interesting and convenient. 

Annual benchmarks

AIA measures continuing education in Learning Units (LUs). One hour of continuing education earns one LU. AIA Architect members are required to complete 18 LUs from registered AIA/CES providers each year. Of the 18 LUs, 12 must be in the topic areas of health, safety and welfare (HSW).

Chicago Build offers a range of AIA CES approved training workshops across the two days. See below for the full list of Chicago Build's AIA CES sessions or click here to view the full conference program. For more information on AIA state requirements, click here.

A full list of free-to-attend AIA CES sessions can be found below. Sessions will either be accredited 1 LU or 1 LU/HSW. Listings will be updated as approval is received. If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact marketing@chicagobuildexpo.com

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  1. Workshop Room 2
    60 mins
    • AIA CES Workshops
    • Resiliency, Sustainability and HSE
    The public interest shifted its focus firmly to the subject of human health and wellness. Redefined as core elements of sustainability and healthy buildings, these trends are revolutionizing how we de ...
  2. Workshop Room 1
    60 mins
    • AIA CES Workshops
    • Building Solutions & Materials
    The construction industry is facing incredible challenges in modern times.  Global productivity has declined worse than any other industry.  National fatality rates have stagnated (risen even) since t ...
11:00
  1. Workshop Room 2
    60 mins
    • AIA CES Workshops
    • Resiliency, Sustainability and HSE
    This presentation will showcase stormwater practices implemented throughout two unique and challenging urban projects. The first is the redevelopment of a public school property. Stormwater management ...
  2. Workshop Room 1
    60 mins
    • AIA CES Workshops
    • Building Solutions & Materials
    Learn how a 126,000 SF adaptive reuse project on the University of Chicago campus has created positive social change for years to come at the University, throughout the community, and in the industry. ...
12:00
  1. Workshop Room 2
    60 mins
    • AIA CES Workshops
    • Resiliency, Sustainability and HSE
    Highlight Confined and Enclosed spaces and the Toxic gases and chemicals we bring to work. Bring to attention that there are different Standards for General Industry and Construction. Define the accep ...
  2. Workshop Room 1
    60 mins
    • AIA CES Workshops
    • Building Solutions & Materials
    This seminar sponsored by the American Shotcrete Association (ASA) will give the owner, architect, engineer, project specifier, field inspector, and general contractors an overview on how shotcrete ca ...
13:00
  1. Workshop Room 2
    60 mins
    • AIA CES Workshops
    • Resiliency, Sustainability and HSE
    Once again, energy codes are changing, and with the changes come some sneaky additions. For example, did you know that controlled outlets are now required? But which code does this reference? Or did y ...
  2. Workshop Room 1
    60 mins
    • AIA CES Workshops
    • Building Solutions & Materials
    This presentation will provide an overview of what has influenced sustainable residential design in the past, and how climate change is impacting future design trends.  An integrated team approach to ...
14:00
  1. Workshop Room 2
    60 mins
    • AIA CES Workshops
    • Resiliency, Sustainability and HSE
    Resource resiliency planning and the interrelationship between source acquisition, infrastructure security, and environmental management processes is essential in decreasing the economic and environme ...
  2. Workshop Room 1
    60 mins
    • AIA CES Workshops
    • Building Solutions & Materials
    Learning Objectives: Recognize causes and sources of water accumulation in building materials with potential health impacts. Identify mold and air testing protocols, understand the strengths and weakn ...
15:00
  1. Workshop Room 2
    60 mins
    • AIA CES Workshops
    • Resiliency, Sustainability and HSE
    Over several years and many different projects, we have been able to identify some clear wins to help you take your next project to zero energy with little effort or extra cost. Join us as we seek to ...
  2. Workshop Room 1
    60 mins
    • AIA CES Workshops
    • Building Solutions & Materials
    Compressed air systems drive modern manufacturing, production facilities, metal working, and food & beverage processing. Building specs and engineering plans are being created out of rampant ignorance ...
16:00
  1. Workshop Room 2
    60 mins
    • AIA CES Workshops
    • Resiliency, Sustainability and HSE
    Imagine your project contributing to the well-being, prosperity, and sustainability of not just its own inhabitants, but the inhabitants of the surrounding community, the region and ecosystem in which ...
  2. Workshop Room 1
    60 mins
    • AIA CES Workshops
    • Building Solutions & Materials
    Design is at its best when it is curious, transparent, inclusive, and unwilling to be bound by unnecessary restraint. When a design process not only performs, but also embodies aspirational values, it ...
10:00
  1. Workshop Room 2
    60 mins
    • AIA CES Workshops
    • Architecture, Design & BIM
    Understanding what is important to include on your Construction Documents is key to a successful bid and proper construction detailing. Taking lessons learned from hundreds of projects, we will identi ...
  2. Workshop Room 1
    60 mins
    • AIA CES Workshops
    • Marketing Tools, Business Skills & Innovation
    Promoting a company culture of excellence and empowering your staff Review Tender strategies /financial considerations and selecting contractors and consultants/partners in the bid process Key Learnin ...
11:00
  1. Workshop Room 2
    60 mins
    • AIA CES Workshops
    • Architecture, Design & BIM
    Through the presentation of 4 case studies, we will review the challenges of converting secular and non-traditional buildings into residential use.  We will explore the physical, governmental and code ...
  2. Workshop Room 1
    60 mins
    • AIA CES Workshops
    • Marketing Tools, Business Skills & Innovation
    This course is geared towards helping professionals (or students) who are seeking mentorship in their careers as well as new leaders who are in potential mentorship positions.  The course seeks to pro ...
12:00
  1. Workshop Room 2
    60 mins
    • AIA CES Workshops
    • Architecture, Design & BIM
    The most elegant solutions to complex architectural projects appear when a multidisciplinary team provides a cohesive, yet simple design. Urban approach, sustainability, efficiency of structure, craft ...
  2. Workshop Room 1
    60 mins
    • AIA CES Workshops
    • Marketing Tools, Business Skills & Innovation
    Abstract A responsive approach to value engineering during the different stages of interior construction projects. Learning Objectives Identify improved strategies for initial project budgeting Evalua ...
13:00
  1. Workshop Room 2
    60 mins
    • AIA CES Workshops
    • Architecture, Design & BIM
    Contractors are connecting project schedules to 3D models of their projects in 4D animations more and more. If you are sold on the value this exercise brings, but unsure about how to get started, join ...
  2. Workshop Room 1
    60 mins
    • AIA CES Workshops
    • Marketing Tools, Business Skills & Innovation
    In 2015, SmithGroup’s Chicago office began a programming and design process to build out their new office space in the Jewelers Building at 35 E. Wacker Drive. Extensive internal charrettes, evaluatio ...
14:00
  1. Workshop Room 2
    60 mins
    • AIA CES Workshops
    • Architecture, Design & BIM
    One of our nation’s top priorities today is cyber security. To be able to accomplish this objective, we need high-tech, operations facilities with cutting edge technologies coupling with top security ...
  2. Workshop Room 1
    60 mins
    • AIA CES Workshops
    • Marketing Tools, Business Skills & Innovation
    Ground up construction poses a large set of challenges which are magnified greatly when building food manufacturing or food distribution facilities. Learn about the objectives and challenges from a De ...
15:00
  1. Workshop Room 2
    60 mins
    • AIA CES Workshops
    • Architecture, Design & BIM
    Abstract: The AEC industry relies on multiple processes and solutions to design, build and manage projects. Though the business model might suggest that streamlining the software packages a firm uses ...
  2. Workshop Room 1
    60 mins
    • AIA CES Workshops
    • Marketing Tools, Business Skills & Innovation
    It’s tough to stand out in a crowded, competitive industry. But the harder it is to do, the more important it is to do it. The session will outline: The very real struggle many organizations face The ...

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