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An Introduction to Structural Design Criteria for Buildings

COURSE NO: S05-010
An Introduction to Structural Design Criteria for Buildings
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course introduces you to structural design criteria for the design of buildings. Included in this course, is technical guidance for buildings constructed of concrete, masonry, steel and wood.  Criteria are also included for pre-engineered metal buildings, slabs on grade, metal decks and welding.


The selection of the structural concrete framing system, strength of concrete and reinforcement, conventional versus lightweight concrete, conventional versus prestressed design, and cast-in-place versus precast construction will be based on economic and functional considerations. Designers should take into account the specific type and size of structure, architectural features or special performance requirements, seismic exposure, construction cost factors for the building site, and the availability of materials and labor.


This 5 PDH online course is intended for civil engineers, structural engineers and other design and construction professionals seeking an introduction to criteria for structural design of buildings.

Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Understanding the design criteria for earthquake resistant design of concrete buildings
  • Knowing the recommended concrete design strengths for different building elements
  • Learning about air entrainment for freeze-thaw protection in concrete structures
  • Understanding the criteria for inclusion of expansion joints in buildings
  • Learning about special inspections required during construction of steel structures
  • Understanding the allowable stress design methods for masonry buildings
  • Learning how to control cracking in concrete buildings using control or isolation joints
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the course document titled, "An Introduction to Structural Design Criteria for Buildings".

To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
An Introduction to Structural Design Criteria for Buildings (920 KB)
Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of twenty five (25) questions to earn 5 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on the entire document.
The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of the quiz, print your Certificate of Completion instantly. (Note: if you are paying by check or money order, you will be able to print it after we receive your payment.) For your convenience, we will also email it to you. Please note that you can log in to your account at any time to access and print your Certificate of Completion.

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