AIA Continuing Education
As an approved AIA Continuing Education Service Provider, the SMA offers AIA CES Health, Safety, Welfare Learning Units related to Stairways, Handrails, and Guards. Our AIA CES Provider Number is 50111239. Please look for additional courses in the future. To inquire about having an instructor lead a course at your company, organization, or AIA Chapter contact email@example.com
Course Number and Title:
SMA101 - "Designing Safe, Code-Compliant, Residential Stairways" - 1 LU | HSW
The International Residential Building Code (IRC) is the most widely adopted model code for 1 and 2 family homes. Significant changes in the 2009 and subsequent editions of the IRC widely affect the design of stairways. Building codes applicable to Stairways, Handrails and Guards are a minimum standard of safety that can be easily exceeded providing an additional margin of safety for residential occupants and provide the aesthetic desired. Recent changes have clarified many issues previously subject to wide interpretation. Many of these changes have already been adopted by local jurisdictions or are being considered. An understanding of the intent and direction of the IRC model code and how it is applied to the design, specification and construction of stairways will be provided. This course requires completion of the AIA evaluation to receive credit and certificate of completion
- Participants will be able to apply and employ the recommended critical path for compliant stairway design to any existing project.
Participants will be able to distinguish between minimum safety standards and opportunities to exceed them using the IRC model code and essential elements of safe stairways.
Participants will be able to identify the functions of a handrail and design/specify appropriate profiles in compliance with the IRC model code.
Participants will be able to identify the significant changes occurring in the 2009, 2012, 2015 IRC model codes affecting residential stairway safety.