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Performance-Based Design

COURSE NO: A01-001
COURSE PROVIDER: John Galinski, P.E.
Performance-Based Design
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course provides an overview of performance-based design process.  Performance-based design is the process or methodology used by design professionals to create buildings that protect functionality and the continued availability of services. Building performance is an indicator of how well a structure supports the defined needs of its users. Although this material is written for schools, it is applicable to all buildings.


This 1 PDH online course is applicable to structural engineers, design professionals, construction contractors, building owners and other technical personnel who are interested in gaining a better understanding of performance-based design.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Understanding prescriptive vs. performance-based design
  • Understanding the performance-based design process
  • Understanding acceptable risk and performance levels
  • Learning about considerations for achieving continuous operation performance level
  • Understanding performance-based flood design, high-wind design and seismic design
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, the student will review Chapter 2 of the FEMA publication "Design Guide for Improving School Safety in Earthquakes, Floods, and High Winds", FEMA P-424, December 2010.

To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
Performance-Based Design (870 KB)
Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of ten (10) questions to earn 1 PDH credit.  This quiz will be based on Chapter 2 of this FEMA publication.


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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