Continuing Education

National Gypsum provides the architectural community continuing education credits through both online and onsite educational programs related to product application, technical standards and industry trends. All programs qualify for AIA learning units.

  • Abuse and Impact Resistance Gypsum: Stronger and Safer Walls

    AIA/CES Learning units:

    NGC041
    1HSW/LU

    This course covers product types, performance attributes and pros and cons of each system. This course assists architects and specifiers with making the appropriate product selections based on the required level of performance.

  • Understanding the UL Fire Resistant Directory 101

    AIA/CES Learning units:

    NGC004
    1HSW/LU

    That bright orange book on your shelf has a lot of great fire resistant information and is easy to use! Learn how to master the UL Fire Resistance Directory and use this resource in an effective and efficient way. We will take a basic look at this book and then drill down to examine fire-rated designs and assemblies.

  • Gypsum 101

    AIA/CES Learning units:

    NGC017
    1HSW/LU

    Gypsum wallboard has been utilized in construction since 1917. It might be one of the most versatile building materials ever invented. But how many people really know gypsum, or perhaps were afraid to ask the question? This interactive presentation will walk you through the basics of gypsum board and introduce you to the latest innovation of high-performance products available in the marketplace.

  • Acoustically Enhanced Gypsum Board Designed For High STC Wall Assemblies

    AIA/CES Learning units:

    NGC025
    1HSW/LU

    Over the years sound transmission in wall partitions has been a difficult issue to resolve. The use of sound resilient metal channels, double stud and staggered stud walls filled with insulation was the design professional’s choice. As a result of innovation and a better understanding of acoustics, additional products are now available for the design of high STC wall assemblies.

  • High Performance Gypsum: Protect Against Mold, Moisture and Exposure

    AIA/CES Learning units:

    NGC042
    1HSW/LU

    The presentation will first address the high performance characteristics of fiberglass faced gypsum products. It will then look at the basic applications, attributes, advantages, and limitations of each of the four common product types. By understanding the nature of these different products, specifications and drawing details can be properly prepared for successful use in buildings.

  • Gypsum Board: More Than Recycled Content

    AIA/CES Learning units:

    NGC038
    1HSW/LU

    Provides an overview of gypsum board with emphasis on the characteristics that contribute to sustainable design. Includes indoor air quality and eliminating waste and selecting the appropriate product for the job conditions.

  • Cement Board and Exterior Finishing Systems

    AIA/CES Learning units:

    NGC045
    1HSW/LU

    Provides an overview of cement backer board, features and benefits, and versatile interior and exterior applications with a focus on exterior applications, including Cement Board Stucco Systems (CBSS) and Cement Board Masonry Veneer (CBMV). The program reviews CBSS and CBMV components and performance benefits.

  • Advantages of Using Coverboards in Low Slope Roofing Assemblies

    AIA/CES Learning units:

    NGC047
    1HSW/LU

    This course will provide a brief overview of low slope roof systems and provide the necessary background to discuss coverboards and thermal barriers. The various coverboard types and reasons for their use will be described. Each board type will be discussed along with their primary features, benefits and challenges. The long-term performance of all low slope roof systems is impacted by a number of external factors such as weather events and roof system abuse (natural and man-made,)

  • Finishing Gypsum Board: Appearance and Indoor Air Quality

    AIA/CES Learning units:

    NGC040
    1HSW/LU

    This presentation will review some of the basic relevant standards and the common materials and terminology used for gypsum board finishing work. Further, the five standard levels of finish will each be defined and discussed followed by an equally detailed discussion on indoor environmental quality standards and procedures.