AWCI Media Online Learning Series

Between bustling work schedules, family activities and the day-to-day tasks that seemingly pop up everywhere, the demands on your time are already stretching you beyond thin.

We get it.

That’s why AWCI Media has created its Online Learning Series—live and on-demand professional development that fits into your already-packed schedule. Each webinar is available as-it-happens or as-it-fits—at lunch, on the job site, or even after the kids are in bed—to help you learn about what’s happening in the wall and ceiling industry at your own pace. The best part? Each program in the AWCI Media Online Learning Series is available free of charge!

Webinars begin at 2 p.m. (ET).

*Schedule and topic are subject to change.


Thursday, June 14: Why the Movement to Helmets

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Many organizations, owners, and general contractors are requiring their own employees and sub-contractors to use helmets for head protection, in lieu of traditional hardhats.  In fact, some are outright banning the use of hardhats.  Learn why this is happening, and how making the change can benefit your organization. 

Speaker:George J Stallings, CPMR, QSSP 


George is a recognized subject matter expert in Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).  He is at partner of Sales Solutions Inc., with over 27 years’ experience in servicing the Commercial Construction Industry and the Industrial Safety market. George is extremely passionate about advancing occupational safety and health in the construction industry. 

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Thursday, June 23: Social Media Webinar for AWCI Members

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AWCI has extended our marketing and membership efforts into social media and we would love to pass along what we’ve learned about this dynamic and engaging space to our members. Join us for this members-only webinar where participants will learn the basics of social media, channels, features and benefits, types of content and tools that can help you create content and manage your channels and we’ll conclude the webinar with a Q&A.

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Thursday, June 30: The Solution to Faster, Easier Drywall Grid

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Spanning systems are a faster drywall installation solution for corridor and small room applications—and no other system is better suited for these installations than the QuickSpan™ Locking Drywall Grid System from CertainTeed Architectural. With innovations like a locking channel that clicks tees into place without screws or crimpers and a support clip that reduces the number of hanger wires needed, QuickSpan achieves longer, stronger unsupported spans faster than any other system in the industry. Learn how these features and other innovations will help your crew cover more square footage with fewer installers in less time.

Speaker: Bryan Neubeker

Senior Field Application Manager, CertainTeed Architectural

For more than 50 years, Bryan Neubeker has worked in the construction industry as a laborer, foreman and building product expert. Today, as senior field application manager at CertainTeed Architectural, Neubeker is a suspension system specialist, connecting ceiling contractors and installers with products and training that save time and money.

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Thursday, July 7: Regulatory Update on Codes & Standards

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Learn how changes in the I-codes, along with the standards that are referenced by these codes, will impact your business. Emphasis will be on the International Building Code and the International Residential Code, and also on the timing of adoption of the codes and referenced standards, and how this relationship can complicate code compliance.


Patrick W. Ford P.E.

Pat’s professional experience includes being Technical Director for the SFIA, and prior management and engineering design positions. Relative to cold-formed steel framing, his experience includes the application of many of the latest technologies and design concepts to both load bearing structures and a wide variety of curtainwall and prefabricated systems.

Michael Gardner

Michael Gardner is the President of M Gardner Services, LLC. He also serves as a special technical consultant to the Wall and Ceiling Alliance of Northern California.   Prior to establishing his consulting firm in 2017, he was the CEO of the Gypsum Association for eleven years, followed by four years as Executive Vice President for Compliance Programs at the International Code Council. He has been involved in the wall and ceiling industry for over 35 years.

Robert Grupe

Robert Grupe spent more than 38 years with United States Gypsum Company where he held various technical and management positions.  Activities included product and system design and technical consultation to the AEC community.  He currently is a consultant to the construction community where he has worked on several large-scale international construction projects.  He has authored numerous articles and given presentations on fire, sound, and environmental issues as they relate to wall and ceiling assemblies.  Currently Bob is the Director, Technical Services for AWCI. Bob received a BSCE from Illinois Institute of Technology.

Michael Schmeida, MSc, LEED AP

Michael Schmeida is the Director of Codes, Standards and Research for the Gypsum Association, a trade association that represents gypsum board manufacturing companies located in the United States and Canada. His responsibilities include overseeing and coordinating technical publications, standards, and testing efforts for the industry. 

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AWCI Media Online Learning Series Programs

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