APA offers both live webinars and recorded webinars available for on-demand viewing. Topics include engineered wood basics, fire protection of i-joist floors, wall bracing, disaster-resilient design, design of all-wood podiums, and others. Some, but not all, webinars offer CEU credit; if credit is available, it is noted in the webinar description. 

Fire Protective Assemblies for Residential Floors

June 10, 2016, 8:00 am PDT

This free APA webinar will focus on newly developed assemblies for meeting the fire protective membrane requirements of the International Residential Code, specifically as they relate to I-joist floor systems.

The webinar will review the options in the IRC, including drop-in gypsum board (supported on top of bottom flanges), partial sprinkler systems, and fire protective coatings. For more information and to register visit Fire Protective Assemblies for Residential Floors.

Back to Basics On-Demand Webinar Training Series

Help your team get up to speed

Manufacturers, distributors, and builders are all reporting a critical need for training as they rebuild from the recession and hire new employees. APA’s new, comprehensive training series includes six “back to basics” modules that cover key topics related to I-joists, Rim Board®, laminated veneer lumber, and glulam. The training modules run between 30 and 90 minutes each and are presented by an APA Engineered Wood Specialist. Access the training at Back to Basics Training Series.

Designers Circle Webinars

Note: Visit Designers Circle to access these webinars. Earn 1 CEU through AIA for each webinar.

  • Hurricanes, Earthquakes, and Tornados—Design of Wood-Frame Structures for Extreme Forces: a top to bottom overview of lateral design for wood-framed structures
  • All-Wood Podiums in Mid-Rise Construction: an architectural case study on the use of an all-wood podium in mixed-use design

AIBD/APA Wall Bracing Webinar Series

The Wall Bracing Webinar Series is presented by APA and AIBD (American Institute of Building Design), a non-profit association dedicated to the enhancement, development, and recognition of the residential and building design professions. At this time, AIBD continuing education units are not offered for viewing pre-recorded programs.

Series presenters include Bob Clark, Roger Roatch and Bryan Readling, APA Engineered Wood Specialists with a combined 63 years’ experience providing engineered wood product building and design support and recommendations. APA has collaborated with code bodies since the 1950’s to improve wall performance and reduce the risk of catastrophic home failure through the development of prescriptive wall bracing techniques that specify plywood and OSB wood structural panel sheathing.

Note that, at this time, CEUs are not available for the Wall Bracing I–V series of prerecorded webinars.

Wall Bracing I: Why Wall Bracing & Wall Bracing Strategy


Wall bracing is a method of providing lateral load resistance to residential structures. The initial webinar in this series provides an overview of wall bracing strategy and techniques, including how lateral loads are handled through braced wall lines and braced wall panels, an introduction to the wall bracing methods and options provided in the IRC, and the history and development of wall bracing. 60 minutes.

This program was originally presented on June 26, 2014.

Wall Bracing II: Meeting the Code Through Prescriptive Wall Bracing


With sixteen different types of braced walls included in the IRC, as well as various tables, exceptions, alternates, and connection requirements, meeting the IRC bracing requirements appears to be a very complex task for homebuilders and designers. This webinar breaks down the general wall bracing requirements and shows how to use the tables within the IRC to determine if braced wall lines meet those requirements. 75 minutes.

This program was originally presented on July 22, 2014.

Wall Bracing III: Simplified Wall Bracing and What to Provide the Building Official


Due to the many complex options in the wall bracing section of the code, the IRC has created a “simplified method” for wall bracing. This webinar focuses on the IRC’s simplified method, as well as an alternate simplified method developed by APA. 62 minutes.

This program was originally presented on August 21, 2014.

Wall Bracing IV: Seismic-Related Provisions and Tips to Meeting Them


Many of the bracing provisions in the IRC are intended for regions in higher seismic zones (above seismic category C). This webinar will focus on the options for meeting bracing requirements in higher seismic zones, including the “irregularity” rules in chapter 3 of the IRC. 68 minutes.

This program was originally presented on September 18, 2014.

Wall Bracing V: Building Wood Framed Structures for High Wind Resistance


Prescriptive wall bracing is limited to homes in regions with wind speeds less than 110 mph. This webinar provides a top-to-bottom overview of wind-resistant construction methods for wood frame structures located in higher wind zones. Topics of discussion include lessons learned from natural disasters, structural load-path continuity, and recent evolution in shear wall and uplift-resistant design. 54 minutes.

This program was originally presented on October 16, 2014.