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Residential Deck Construction

COURSE NO: C03-063
Residential Deck Construction
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course introduces basic design and construction methods for single-story residential wood decks.


This course is based on a construction guide published by the American Wood Council, and the given design provisions meet or exceed minimum requirements of the International Code Council's International Residential Code. Specific design guidance, much of it in the form of convenient tables and charts, is provided for all deck components.


This 3 PDH online course is intended for civil and structural engineers as well as construction professionals, and would also be of particular interest to engineers serving as building officials in the military or in government agencies concerned with residential construction practices.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Decking requirements
  • Joist sizing
  • Beam size and assembly requirements
  • Deck framing plans
  • Joist-to-beam connections
  • Joist hangers
  • Post requirements
  • Rim joist requirements
  • Footings
  • Ledger attachments
  • Ledger board fasteners
  • Free-standing decks
  • Deck stability
  • Guard requirements
  • Stair requirements
  • Framing at chimney or bay window
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the technical publication titled, “DCA 6 - Prescriptive Residential Wood Deck Construction Guide – Based on the 2015 International Residential Code,” American Wood Council. 

To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
Residential Deck Construction (3.0 MB)
Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of twenty (20) questions to earn 3 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on this AWC 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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