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Steel - Doing It Right

Steel—Doing It Right® is a two-day seminar formulated by experts from the Steel Framing Alliance, an organization at the forefront of the latest technological advances for building with cold-formed steel, and AWCI and its member experts. The seminar is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of the construction methods and contractors’ issues including structural, load-bearing wall assemblies; interior systems; roof and floor assemblies; estimating; quality control and much more.


About The Course

The seminar is aimed at owners, project managers, estimators, superintendents and foremen as well as architects and code officials.

Cold-formed steel framing has often been used for nonstructural applications, such as interior partitions. But it can also be used as the main structural element—and that requires a whole new set of knowledge, which will be covered in this course. You’ll learn about best practices in the use of cold-formed steel in construction today, so that you can tap this growing market opportunity and increase your potential for business growth.

This is not a certification program; however, each seminar participant will receive a certificate of attendance and attending engineers are eligible for Professional Development hours,and LU hours are available for AIA credit via the “Self-Report” option. Eligible hours vary between the Online and In-Person courses.

Topics Covered

  • Module 1: Introduction to Cold-formed Steel Framing
  • Module 2: Steel Framing Materials
  • Module 3: Engineering Considerations
  • Module 4: Basic Construction and Special Considerations
  • Module 5: Fastening and Cutting Guidelines
  • Module 6: Floor Assemblies
  • Module 7: Load-Bearing Wall Assemblies
  • Module 8: Wind-Bearing and Curtain Wall Framing
  • Module 9: Interior Systems
  • Module 10: Roof Assemblies
  • Module 11: Panelization
  • Module 12: Estimating
  • Module 13: Documents, Management and Quality

Course Options

Online Course

Seminar content is based on industry accepted standards and best practices.

This is not a certification program; however, each seminar participant will receive a certificate of attendance. Attending engineers are eligible for 9 Professional Development hours, and 9 LU hours are available for AIA credit via the “Self-Report” option.

Instructor-Led Seminar

The seminar is two days starting at 8 a.m. and ending at 5 p.m.

The course instructors are industry experts with backgrounds in steel and engineering. They interact with attendees by using real-life scenarios, slides and graphic animation to portray the range of material.

This is not a certification program; however, each seminar participant will receive a certificate of attendance. Attending engineers are eligible for 12 Professional Development hours, and 12 LU hours are available for AIA credit via the “Self-Report” option.


Both instructors are experts in the field of CFS design and construction and bring a wealth of experience and insight to the seminar.

Don Allen, P.E., LEED A.P.

Don Allen is an internationally known expert on cold-formed steel structural design, has given presentations on steel design on four continents in the last three years. He is the Director of Technical Services at the Association of the Wall and Ceiling Industry (AWCI).

He was recently involved in the design and construction of two loadbearing CFS structures in Nigeria. With a special interest in the structural role of materials in sustainable construction, Allen is a LEED® Accredited Professional, a member of American Society of Civil Engineers Structural Engineering Institute Committee on Sustainability, the ASCE SEI Committee on Cold-Formed Steel, and is chairman of the General Provisions Subcommittee of the American Iron and Steel Institute Committee on Framing Standards.

Allen won the 2013 recipient of the Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute Distinguished Service award, and he was instrumental in the development of the SSMA Code Compliance Certification program, and development of AISI’s North American Standard for Cold-Formed Steel Framing – Nonstructural Members (AISI S220).

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J. Patrick Boyd, P.E.

Pat Boyd is the owner of J. Patrick Boyd Consulting Engineers specializing in design calculations and engineered drawings for the use of cold-formed steel framing in commercial applications. His past experience includes positions with KHS&S Contractors, Ray Boyd Plaster & Drywall, Inc., and Delta Steel Buildings Company.

Pat was President of AWCI from 2002-2003, served 2 terms on the AWCI Board of Directors, been Chairman of numerous committees, and was awarded the Outstanding Young Member 1983-84. He was President of the Texas Lathing & Plastering Contractors Association in 1981-82.


"It was awesome spending two days in intense discussion with instructors (engineers) at the forefront of the cold-formed steel framing industry. I would recommend this seminar to everyone... even the guys that have been framing for decades."

Deborah Hard, owner Hard Drywall, Denton, TX

"After 30 years of specifying and drawing details for cold-formed steel projects, it was gratifying to attend the Steel—Doing It Right® seminar. The instructors were knowledgeable and presented a comprehensive program that will assist me in updating our office knowledge base. I definitely plan to send key staff to the next seminar."

Richard Nardini, AIA, BHNT Architects, Buffalo, NY

"The Steel—Doing It Right® seminar expanded my knowledge of cold-formed steel installation. The instructors are well versed in all facets of cold-formed steel, and the course workbook will continue to be a reference resource."

Raymond Bell, Project Manager/Estimator, Raymond-Northern California, Concord, CA

"Education is a priority in our company. AWCI and the Steel Framing Alliance have created an excellent program."

Eric Peterson, President, Dayton Walls & Ceilings, Inc., Dayton, OH

"I enjoyed the class very much and feel I have bettered myself as a super."

Peoria, IL

"The estimating part is exactly what I was looking for!"

Miami, FL

"This is the information all commercial carpenters and contractors need."

Wentzville, MO

"Good information on engineering for cold-formed framing. Some very useful information on general construction."

Los Angeles, CA

"I have gained a better understanding of why certain structural assemblies are specified and necessary."

Evansville, IN

"Very good information in laymen's terms. Kept me involved mentally!"

St. Louis, MO

"I learned a lot of things that I didn't know, so I am very thankful for this seminar."

Alexandria, VA

"Brings to light many things that do and don't go on in the field."

Peoria, IL


AWCI Members
$ 100
$ 200


The course content is presented using narrated slides featuring graphics, animations and video clips. The content is not product-specific; referral to the steel manufacturer is advised as situations dictate.

Each course module includes a printable version of the course slides. Participants can print these or save them to their electronic devices for the purpose of study, taking notes and future reference.


Please note that you will have six months from the date you receive your course login email to complete the course. Course fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.

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