Masonry Education Spotlight

Words: Bronzella Cleveland

Expand your knowledge of the design, use and maintenance of masonry.

Expand your knowledge of the design, use and maintenance of masonry.

People venturing into careers in architecture or engineering do so knowing they not only are in for a rewarding and dynamic profession, but they also are in for a lifetime of learning. In addition to the simple fact that A/E/C professionals must maintain licensure, circumstances often change within the design and construction industry: codes are updated, new building materials are introduced, market conditions and design trends shift, and software or other technologies offer new ways of doing your jobs.

Furthermore, with the endless stream of paperwork and electronic data flowing across the average A/E/C professional’s desk on any given day and for any given project, it’s a wonder anyone has the time or inclination to keep up with current technologies. The amount of information to be absorbed to sustain expertise and self-confidence in one’s work is larger than ever. Continuing education is the only option to stay knowledgeable on any advancement in one’s field.

There are numerous outlets through which one can obtain the requisite number of continuing education units (CEUs) mandated by state licensure boards, from authoring articles to distance learning to online webinars to trade shows to in-office visits from industry associations. The choices are as wide-ranging as the education providers. Fortunately, the choice is yours as to when and where you decide to learn a new skill, brush up on code changes, or get hands-on training with new software.

The basic tenets of requiring CEUs are to keep professional engineers and architects continually competent and experienced, to ensure that public safety is maintained, to ensure a minimum level of competency among licensed professionals, and to keep those professionals abreast of new knowledge. The quality, effectiveness and value of professional development seminars or courses can vary by state and/or provider. Ultimately, how one benefits is an individual experience, so this article simply provides information relative to the various types of masonry seminars offered by professional associations and other construction industry groups. Most associations for architects and engineers provide continuing education courses year-round – classes that are vital to maintaining your licenses. All classes and webinars listed here are subject to change. Please check with providers to be sure the classes still are scheduled according to the published dates.

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