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Welcome to the ALA On-Demand Learning Center
A New Partnership with The Continuing Architect

ALA has partnered with The Continuing Architect (TCA) to provide members with free, high quality professional development and continuing education courses that supplement ALA's traditional offerings.

TheContinuingArchitect.edu is accredited by ACCET, the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training, listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency. The Continuing Architect is the first and only online platform dedicated to architect continuing education to be institutionally accredited.

All courses follow the standards and requirements of NCARB (the National Council of Architecture Review Boards) and other widely recognize trade and professional organizations, and are presented through media-rich content.

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Currently available courses are listed below and include the course title, credits, and a brief description. Taking the courses is a seamless experience. Make sure you allow pop-up windows. For your first course through TCA, you will click on the course link and a pop-up window will appear. You will be prompted to create a TCA username and password. Once this has been created, you will be redirected to the course. For all additional courses, simply log in with your username and password. Courses will be updated regularly.

ALA's Current TCA Course Catalog
Controlled and Connected Luminaires and Design Integration
Sponsored By: Focal Point     AIA Approved     
Credits: 1 LU/HSW

Program: The Art and Technology of Lighting

Description: This course reviews the components and uses of connected luminaires, their specification, and the standards and protocols involved in current lighting control applications. Further, this course reviews the emergence of the Internet of Things, and how it will impact future lighting control applications.


An Introduction to Custom Balanced Doors
Sponsored By: Ellison Bronze     AIA Approved     
Credits: 1 LU/HSW

Program: Architecture, Design and Building Science

Description: This course is presented in HD by the president of Ellison and provides an introduction to a unique form of commercial entry door known as a balanced door. You will explore various components of a balanced door system, numerous advantages of a balanced door over conventional hinged or pivoted swing doors, how balanced doors meet ADA guidelines, and the specific design requirements needed to accommodate balanced doors.


Moisture Mitigation, Surface Prep and Floor Covering Systems
Sponsored By: TEC     AIA Approved     
Credits: 1 LU/HSW

Program: Architecture, Design and Building Science

Description: This course teaches about the source and prevention of health and safety risks of moisture transmission/high pH through a concrete substrate and its effect on flooring adhesives and coverings. The health and safety risks include mold, mildew, standing water, sick building syndrome, previous needfor use of solvent based, high VOC adhesives instead of water-based, high moisture tolerance vinyl/carpet adhesives available today. This course also teaches about concrete floor flatness and how to measure and install a flat surface using self-leveling underlayments/skim coats for floor coverings torequire, along with the moisture vapor barrier and adhesives, a single source system with long term warranty for all sub flooring components.


Pattern Mapping for Lasting Design
Sponsored By: Parasoleil     AIA Approved     
Credits: 1 LU/HSW

Program: Architecture, Design and Building Science

Description: A Pattern Map evaluates a pattern on two key elements: structure and nature. This course explains why these two elements affect how we recognize and respond to pattern and examines ways to bridge architecture and nature by using architectural panel systems with patterned openings, and provide a sense of space, privacy, shade or camouflage with cladding, screens or railings .


Discussing Circadian Lighting and the WELL Building Standard with Marty Brennan
Sponsored By: The Lighting Exchange           AIA Approved 
Credits: 0.5 LU/HSW

Program: The Art and Technology of Lighting

Description: This course will explore the requirements, challenges, and best practices for achieving the Circadian Lighting Design Feature LO3 in the WELL Building Standard version 2.0.


CEU: Code Requirements for Rooftop Equipment and Supports
Sponsored By: MIRO     AIA Approved     
Credits: 1 LU/HSW

Program: Architecture, Design and Building Science

Description: This course will teach students how to recognize non-compliant rooftop equipment support scenarios and will discuss their impact on safety and public health, general welfare, and property value.


ISO-1002 Inverters
Sponsored By: Isolite     AIA Approved     Credits: 1 LU/HSW

Program: Architecture, Design and Building Science

Description: Inverters are a modern, simple way to achieve an emergency lighting solution while minimizing maintenance costs and utilizing existing architectural fixtures for emergency purposes. This course will give the student the skills they require to design and specify inverter-based emergency lighting systems.


Permeable Interlocking Concrete Pavers
Sponsored By: Unilock     AIA Approved     Credits: 1 LU/HSW

Program: Architecture, Design and Building Science

Description: Permeable interlocking concrete pavers have the ability to create solid, strong surfaces for pedestrians and a range of vehicular uses, and can help maintain a site's existing natural hydrologic function. This course discusses the goals of a permeable paver system and the materials used. It compares permeable pavers with other stormwater management systems and describes the proper installation of a permeable paver system.


Improve Occupant Wellness and Productivity with Solar Shading Fabrics
Sponsored By: Phifer     AIA Approved     Credits: 1 LU/HSW

Program: Architecture, Design and Building Science

Description: Solar shading devices, while available in numerous weaves, textures and colors, go beyond contributing to the aesthetics of a space. Specified correctly, solar shading devices can maximize daylighting benefits and contribute to occupant well-being, productivity, and engagement, while mitigating the detrimental effects of UV rays and glare.


Insulated Metal Panels
Sponsored By: Metal Construction Association     AIA Approved     Credits: 1 LU/HSW

Program: Architecture, Design and Building Science

Description: This course will cover the role of IMPs as an effective building envelope in terms of air and water infiltration and a thermal barrier. Additionally, the course will review how proper insulation is critical to performance, as well as the many other attributes provided by IMPs whether employed as new construction or retrofits.

Note: A supplemental piece of reading material has been included with this course in order to fulfill the NCARB requirement for course content and duration. You will find some answers to quiz questions in both the video and print portion of the course content. To begin the course, scroll down when you access the course and download the red highlighted PDF file.


Surface Engineered Metals for Resilient Design
Sponsored By: Rigidized Metals     AIA Approved     
Credits: 1 LU/HSW

Program: Architecture, Design and Building Science

Description: The purpose of this presentation is to give you a clear understanding of the features and benefits of textured metals and discover how to best specify stainless steel and metal alloys in your projects. The first part of our talk will introduce the ecological and economic properties of textured stainless steel, as well as educate you on the composition of metals and alloys. The second portion of the presentation will illustrate the process of texturing metals and their applications, as well as how to specify them. The session will also review projects that use textured metals - with beautiful results.

You will be required to download Supplementary Case Study Material from the International Stainless Steel Foundation that pictures and describes the exceptional architectural stainless installations around the world. The descriptions reinforce the sustainability, low-maintenance, durability and aesthetic advantages of designing with metal alloys.

A score of 70% or greater is required on the assessment quiz in order to confer a Certificate of Completion for this course. 


Post Covid Building Design 
Sponsored By: Nanawall     AIA Approved     Credits: 1 LU/HSW

Program: Architecture, Design and Building Science

Description: The COVID-19 pandemic has changed how people look at the built environment, whether at home, at workplaces, in schools, or in public places. This course will describe how these changing views are directly impacting the ways that buildings are being designed with architects and other design professionals stepping up to address changing criteria with innovation and an enhanced focus on health, safety, and welfare issues. Within this changing situation, large operable glass walls have emerged as a durable, flexible, and sustainable solution in many different types of buildings. While they are commonly used to separate indoor and outdoor spaces on exterior walls or provide flexible, acoustically controlled interior spaces, they have taken on an important new role in helping to separate and protect people, too.


Achieving Green Building Standards with Sustainable Metal Coating Systems
Sponsored By: Sherwin-Williams Coil Coating   AIA Approved    Credits: 1 LU/HSW

Program: Architecture, Design and Building Science

Description: This course explores options for achieving LEED and LBC credit using sustainable coil and extrusion coating systems for metal building products.


FEVE Architectural Coatings: High Performance Coatings for Expansive, Sustainable Design 
Sponsored By: AGC     AIA Approved     Credits: 1 LU/HSW

Program: Architecture, Design and Building Science

Description: In this one-hour course, we will discover the strengths and advantages of FEVE fluoropolymer topcoats. We will evaluate coating performance tests, including accelerated weathering and real-time weathering, and what the implications are for the life of different coatings. We will explore the many design possibilities that FEVE technology provides, and assess the sustainability benefits of FEVE topcoats, despite their high initial cost, compared to other topcoat formulations.



For any questions regarding the ALA On-Demand Learning Center, please contact Joanne Sullivan, Executive Director, ALA, at (847) 382-0630 or joanne@alatoday.org.