Wood University, the free online education portal of the APA-The Engineered Wood Association, now offers a course on building structurally sound wood-framed structures. WU 201: Design of Wood Connections is broken down into four successive/progressive/consecutive units:
- Connection Design Theory,
- Fastener Types,
- Connection Techniques and
- Connection Design Examples.
Each unit focuses on a specific area of wood joinery and can be completed in one hour. The course begins with the guidelines for wood construction and ends with a finale of 14 demonstrations of common design examples of connections and configurations.
Those who take the test at the end of each course can earn one continuing education credit for each unit through the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and/or the American Institute of Building Designers (AIBD). Participants can register for free at www.wooduniversity.org.