A Review of 5 of the Top AIA CES Continuing Education Courses
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A Review of 5 of the Top AIA CES Continuing Education Courses

Today I’ve compiled a list of 5 continuing education courses offered by the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Let’s start with the basics, who is required to take AIA continuing education classes?  

Who needs AIA Continuing Education classes?

If you’re a Registered Architect in the United States, and a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), then every 12 months you are required to complete 18 Learning Units (LUs) from registered AIA Continuing Education Service (CES) providers. 12 of these LUs must be from a subject that addresses health, safety and welfare (HSW).

It should also be noted that the AIA’s continuing education requirements aren’t necessarily the same as your states license board continuing education requirements, which may also vary from one state to another…. confused yet? 

See “AIA and state requirements for continuing education” to check your state requirements. 

How to choose your AIA Continuing Education classes?

When choosing a continuing education course you’ll want to do your diligence and make sure it’s provided by professionals, with the ability to deliver high-quality, informative and relevant content. Here is our review of the top 5 AIA Continuing Education courses.

(Note: To help you with your fee proposal and negotiation strategy we’ve created a free Starter Kit packed full of useful resources):

Fee Proposal Starter Kit

www.blueturtlemc.com/fee-proposal-fundamentals

Course Summary:

Full disclosure, this course is offered by Blue Turtle Consulting. It’s a one-hour training session dedicated to the science of decision making and the cognitive biases that shape our purchasing behavior.

Based on a series of research studies from the fields of design fee psychology, attendees are taken step by step through the 5 biggest mistakes.

Whether you’re looking to develop a new fee proposal template or change your entire strategy, this training is a must-have for all Design Professionals… read more

Instructors:

  • Ian Motley 
  • Alexandra Howieson

Review:

Would you recommend the course?
Yes 99%
Was the course organized?
Yes 95%
Are the presenters experts?
Yes 96%
Is the information useful?
Yes 99%
Overall course rating
4.3
out of 5
99%

https://aiau.aia.org/courses/aia-entrepreneur-summit-2015-business-strategy

Course Summary:

A panel of industry experts led by keynote speaker Jim Cramer discuss the business side of this largely misunderstood profession.

Covering a broad range of topics from education and training to career opportunities and the diversification of design services.

This inspirational session seeks to open up the dialogue on a subject that receives little attention during our formal design training… read more.

Instructors:

  • Jim Cramer
  • Rena M. Klein, Principal
  • Evelyn Lee, Senior Strategist
  • Mark LePage, Partner

Review:

Would you recommend the course?
Yes 95%
Was the course organized?
Yes 91%
Are the presenters experts?
Yes 94%
Is the information useful?
Yes 86%
Overall course rating
4.2 out of 5 84%

https://aiau.aia.org/courses/design-build-contractual-relationships-risks-and-rewards

Course Summary:

Based on a series of real-world scenarios the presenters discuss the practical application and opportunities of using design-build contracts on a range of project sizes from small to large.

Attendees will learn about design build risk, rewards, trends, and responsibilities, including a review of the AIA’s updated design-build agreements and their key differences from the 2004 versions.  

This course serves as a timely reminder of the many benefits design build contracts have to offer design professionals and their clients alike… read more.  

Instructors:

  • Michael B. Bomba
  • Christopher J. Lasky

Review:

Would you recommend the course?
Yes 92%
Was the course organized?
Yes 89%
Are the presenters experts?
Yes 88%
Is the information useful?
Yes 84%
Overall course rating
3.8 out of 5 76%

https://aiau.aia.org/courses/everything-you-need-know-aia-contract-documents-small-firms

Course Summary:

Learn how the AIA suite of web-based Contract Documents can be used to help your small firm or sole proprietorship succeed in today’s demanding business environment.

Weather it’s risk management, contract administration, sustainability, or simply protecting the interest of all parties involved, this session provides viewers with an inside look at some of the most widely used industry specific contracts.

A useful session for anyone trying to manage the many challenges associated with managing contracts for a small design firm… read more.

Instructors:

  • Ken Cobleigh
  • Mike Koger  

Review:

Would you recommend the course?
Yes 96%
Was the course organized?
Yes 97%
Are the presenters experts?
Yes 90%
Is the information useful?
Yes 88%
Overall course rating
4.3 out of 5 86%

https://aiau.aia.org/courses/emerge-aiau-evaluating-aia-contract-documents

Course Summary:

Including a series of real-world accounts, this course takes an in depth look at the important role that the AIA suite of contract documents plays in the design and construction industry.

By examining the history and evolution of the industry’s most widely used form of contract attendees are shown how to manage project risk, evaluate roles, assess project feasibility, set expectations and manage contract administration to prevent injury or loss of life (G700).

This session serves as a timely reminder of the important role that contracts play in the successful execution of our work… read more. 

Instructors:

  • Mike Koger: https://aiau.aia.org/instructors/koger
  • Forrest Lott: https://aiau.aia.org/instructors/lott-0
  • Aimee Woodall: https://aiau.aia.org/instructors/woodall
Review: 
Would you recommend the course?
Yes 96%
Was the course organized?
Yes 94%
Are the presenters experts?
Yes 86%
Is the information useful?
Yes 86%
Overall course rating
4.3 out of 5 86%
Fee Proposal Fundamentals: 5 Biggest Mistakes
98%
AIA Entrepreneur Summit 2015: Business Strategy:
90%
Design-Build: Contractual Relationships, Risks and Rewards
86%
Everything you Need to Know: AIA Contract Documents for Small Firms
91%
Emerge by AIAU: Evaluating AIA Contract Documents
90%

Conclusion:

Registered Architects and members of the American Institute of Architects have many choices when selecting an AIA Continuing Education class. 

To make sure you get the most out of your classes, before registering, be sure to do your home work and start by creating a list of criteria that’s important to you.

We think that subject matter, instructor experience, attendee reviews, and presentation of the material all help create the best learning experience possible.

Let us know what you think:

Have you attended one of these courses or would you recommend a different course? Let us know in the comments section below.

Where to from here?

The following resources are available to help you enhance your professional career today:

• The Design Professional’s Guide to Design Fee Psychology (eGuide):
https://blueturtlemc.com/product/design-fee-psychology-eguide/

• The Ultimate Fee Proposal Online Training Course (CE/CPD points available):
https://blueturtlemc.com/feeproposalworkshop/

• How to Win Better Clients with Choice Architecture (Free Blog): https://blueturtlemc.com/blog/how-to-win-better-clients-with-choice-architecture/

 

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