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Treated Wood Training Gets Amplified

In an effort to make online education more dynamic, the Western Wood Preservers Institute has released a new narrated version of its preserved wood training course.

In an effort to make online education more dynamic, the Western Wood Preservers Institute has released a new narrated version of its preserved wood training course.

The course, Preservative-Treated Wood: Specification and Use, has been online since April 2018 as a downloadable PDF. The new version runs in a browser and includes narration as well as video.

Hosted by online education service AEC Daily, the preserved wood course is one of the first the service has offered featuring narration and video. The course takes about an hour to review and there are test questions throughout the presentation users must answer before proceeding.

Like in the PDF version, the course features sections detailing how wood is preservative treated, how to specify using AWPA Use Categories, Best Management Practices for aquatic uses and the environmental benefits of preserved wood.

Users who take the course can earn CEUs from more than 20 associations, including American Institute of Architects, Landscape Architecture Continuing Education, the National Association of Home Builders, and the National Association of the Remodeling Industry.

In addition to preserved wood, WWPI also offers an online course on fire-retardant-treated wood products. Work is now underway to produce an narrated version of the fire retardant wood program.

The courses have been successful in reaching out to the important architect and specifier audiences. They’re also useful in training building material salespeople about preserved- and fire-retardant-treated wood products.

In all, nearly 1,500 have taken the courses and earned CEUS.

To review the courses, go to AECDaily.com and search for “preserved wood.” You must complete the free registration to download courses. To receive CEU credits, users must complete a 10-question test at the end of the course.

 

Butch Bernhardt

Butch Bernhardt is senior program manager for the Western Wood Preservers Institute. Reach him at butch@wwpi.org.

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