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AIA Continuing Education


Maintain your certification or accreditation

Keep up with your American Institute of Architects (AIA) or Green Building Certifcation Inc. (GBCI) continuing education requirements with a wide range of courses. As one of AIA’s Continuing Education Services (CES) providers, TK Elevator offers continuing education for traditional AlA Learning Units (LUs), Health Safety & Wellness (HSW) specific LUs, and LEED options. Our skilled speakers/presenters are well versed in the topics and present at Lunch-and-Learn events to assist licensed architects obtain their required CES Learning Units, sometimes referred to as Continuing Education Units (CEU).

AIA and GBCI Courses

Choose from a variety of courses that have been approved by Green Building Certification Inc. (GBCI) and the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

Register for the available AIA courses:

Elevator Education 101: Designing for Low-Rise Buildings

Class Time: 1 hour

Learning Credits: 1 AIA, 1 HSW

This course is designed to be an engaging elevator education presentation geared towards the architectural audience who primarily deal with low-rise buildings (5 stories or less).

The learning objectives for this class are:

  • Reviewing the overview of Vertical Transportation and some interesting facts about it.
  • Understanding the key aspects of how to adequately choose the right size, speed, type and quantity of elevator(s) for a building, along with energy consumption and sustainable design.
  • Taking a closer look at the aspects of a hydraulic elevator that influences a building’s design, with special emphasis on the energy usage of each.
  • Learn about the aspects of a low-rise traction MRL elevator that influences a building’s design, with special emphasis on the energy usage of each.

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Elevator Education 201: Designing for Mid-Rise Buildings

Class Time: 1 hour, Learning Credits: 1 AIA, 1 HSW

This presentation is part two of a three-part training, designed to give viewers a basic understanding of elevators and mid-rise building solutions. The learning objectives for this class are:

Obtain a basic understanding of vertical and horizontal transportation

  • Learn key aspects for getting the best combination and type of elevator for your mid-rise building
  • Gather details about elevators specifically designed for mid-rise buildings
  • Become better equipped to choose the proper elevator for your mid-rise building

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Elevator Education 301: Emerging Technologies & Sustainability

Class Time: 1 hour, Learning Credits: 1 AIA, 1 HSW, 1 GBCI

This course discusses opportunities for incorporating sustainability in the vertical transportation industry. The learning objectives for this class are:

  • Advances in vertical transportation including energy and space saving alternatives through design and dispatching
  • Emerging technologies that allow buildings and cities to rethink horizontal transportation from moving walkways to horizontal elevators
  • Digital trends making the elevator service and maintenance industry more efficient and sustainable
  • New elevator trends addressing material health and sustainability and specifically how elevators can help with LEED v4 Materials and Resources credits

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Machine Room-Less Elevator

Class Time: 1 hour, Learning Credits: 1 AIA, 1 HSW

This class will give attendees an overview of what a machine room-less elevator is, low- and mid-rise applications, and more detailed information regarding the different types and components of MRLs. The learning objectives for this class are:

  • Understand what Machine Room-Less Elevator are and their benefits. Factors that determine this type of elevator are also discussed.
  • Learn the elevator system, from pit to overhead, which describes the major components and supports the protection of the occupants of the building.
  • Understand MRL consideration by comparing hydraulic and traction MRL. Also understand the differences in speed as well as related ride quality factors that affect passenger’s efficient building travel.

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Alphabet Soup - Making sense of material transparency

Class Time: 1 hour

Learning Credits: 1 AIA, 1 HSW, 1 GBCI LEED Specific BD+C

Learn more about the main programs related to material transparency, including HPD, EPD, C2C and LBC. You’ll also learn more about LEED v4 and which programs help you earn LEED points. The course also discusses how to write specifications that allow you to drive the material transparency movement as a designer, builder or specifier.

You’ll learn more about:

  • The material transparency movement and why it is so important to be aware of building material composition
  • The different product analysis and certification tools, including the meaning of today’s certification programs and what the data collected means in regard to protecting building occupants
  • The Materials and Resources credits of LEED that apply to material transparency
  • How to specify materials for your specific needs and to ensure the product manufacturers know about the safe products you expect to use

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Dual-Car Systems: 2 Cabs, 1 Shaft, 0 Crowds

Class Time: 1 hour

Learning Credits: 1 AIA, 1 HSW

This course highlights dual-car elevators — a new vertical transportation solution with two independently-operating elevator cabins in the same hoistway. Dual-car elevators save building space, reduce passenger travel time, and improve building energy efficiency. The learning objectives for this class are:

  • Explain the reasoning for the TWIN elevator system: traffic analysis, performance requirements, ride time, dispatching and other advantages.
  • Details of safety chain with TWIN: Intelligent allocation of calls, monitoring of minimum safety distances, emergency stop function and automatic engagement of safety gear
  • Explain the challenge that comes with traditional elevator systems: net usable area, vertical transportation in very tall buildings, sky lobby transfer stops and other problems.
  • TWIN advantages and characteristics over the double-decker elevator system and configurations

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Understanding General Contractors' Reality

Class Time: 1 hour

Learning Credits: 1 AIA, 1 HSW

This course discusses with architects about general contractor’s expectations and methods for working with an elevator company to provide the building with a safe public vertical transportation means. The well-being of occupants is enhanced with a reliable elevator system that is improved with environmentally friendly products.

The learning objectives for this class are:

  • Learn that before the start of a new installation project, decisions are made to improve the safety, health and welfare of the riding public and occupants of the building. Architects will understand the importance of early communication between the general contractor and elevator installers to ensure that the project is worked as planned.
  • Understand that ensuring the building owner’s decisions for the occupant’s welfare are agreed upon and recorded in the contracts and submittals.
  • Learn the requirements during the pre-installation process and the installation sequence that will provide a safe, reliable vertical transportation means for the elevator passengers.
  • Understand the work that is not performed by the elevator company and what is required of the general contractor to have a successful elevator turnover. Each of these items ensures a reliable and safe elevator system for the riding public.

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Use Data to Optimize Building Management

Class Time: 1 hour

Learning Credits: 1 AIA, 1 HSW

This course is designed to be an engaging presentation geared towards architects, designers and specifying audience who create and modernize buildings. We will focus on advancements in technology that will radically change the tenant experience and how buildings will be managed in the future.

After completion of this course, participants will:

  • Review enterprise and consumer tech trends will have an outsized impact in the building industry over the next 5 years from a property management perspective.
  • Learn a few innovative ways technology is transforming the tenant experience. Everything from robots parking cars and delivering room service to environmental controls and predictive maintenance.
  • Understand how to leverage building data to optimize building management. When we leverage API’s and AI technologies, we can change the game for building managers.
  • Learn how to best protect your personal data with difficult to hack passwords.

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Building your brand in a digital world

Class Time: 1 hour

Learning Credits: 1 AIA, 0HSW

Due to this new COVID era, working remotely limits people from engaging in rich face-to-face conversations. This course provides statistics about the workplace of today and tomorrow. It helps to understand the need for building your own brand and explains how to improve yourself in this virtual office, how you can be seen and understood.

The learning objectives for this class are:

  • Examine statistics on the current office situation and working environment, comparing with working remote to determine the need for promoting oneself.
  • Review ways to build your own brand since employees are not in the office as much.
  • Learn how to build your own brand by utilizing the power of LinkedIn and other social media.
  • Understand how to improve your communications skill in front of the camera since we spend so much time now on video calls.

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Occupant Evacuation Operation (OEO)

Class Time: 1 hour

Learning Credits: 1 AIA, 1 HSW

The course is designed to give attendees an overview of what Occupant Evacuation Operation (OEO) is. Specific scenarios, benefits and code requirements will be an important part of this training.

The learning objectives for this class are:

  • Learn the specifics of how the OEO process works, including how to put OEO evacuation in place and the steps needed to evacuate quickly and efficiently.
  • Introduce the details of how the current code has been revised to work with OEO and see specifics on what is required to implement.
  • Learn the brief history of the development of OEO and the reason it is being implemented to improve the evacuation process for the building tenants.
  • Understand the role that Variable Message Signs (VMS) play during an OEO evacuation and how they are central to helping tenants get out safe.

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Escalator 101

Class Time: 1 hour

Learning Credits: 1 AIA, 1 HSW

This course is designed to be an informative escalator presentation for the architect, specifier and designers, providing a high-level overview of basic escalator design and function

The learning objectives for this class are:

  • Understand the difference in classifications of commercial, heavy-duty, and transit escalators and moving walks.
  • Understand the basic components of escalators and what is their purpose.
  • Distinguish between the different types of balustrades and handrail lighting and their applications.
  • Learn about the safety features of escalators.

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