Education on Wood Use Important to Marketplace

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Issue #11236 - March 2019 | Page #76
By Robert Glowinski

Every day, component manufacturers are dealing with the entire spectrum of traditional and engineered wood products. In fact, educating your customers may be a key factor in your sales and services.

Like you, the American Wood Council (AWC) sees how important education on wood can be to successful marketplace use of our industry’s products. That is why we, as a leading association in wood products design and use, provide free online and live education training to support building officials, designers, and the construction community in general on how best to design and use wood. Notably, in 2018 the most popular live and self-study webinars from AWC detailed the significant changes implemented for wood construction in the 2018 International Building Code (IBC) and International Residential Code (IRC).

But education is not only about regulation. Proper use of wood runs the gamut from knowing properties of wood, to understanding standards used in design, and even learning about the products, their characteristics, and sustainability. This trend can be seen in looking at what subjects were the most popular among AWC’s range of educational offerings last year.

Most Popular Live Webinars of 2018

Most Influential Webinars of 2018

(as determined by attendees self-reported skill level before and after the webinar)

Most Popular E-Courses of 2018

There is a reason wood is the go-to material for builders in North America – it is easy to build with, strong, renewable, and resilient. AWC is committed to ensuring the broad construction community is familiar with the advantages of wood and the latest applications in wood design and construction.

Check our Events page for the 2019 webinar schedule and to register. AWC is approved as a Preferred Provider through ICC’s education Preferred Provider Program (PPP). Fifty percent of the CEUs required for certification renewal must be earned from training by ICC or an ICC Preferred Provider. AWC is also an approved provider of continuing education through the AIA Continuing Education System, and many of our education programs are registered with NCSEA’s Diamond Approval Program.

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