Continuing Education

YKK AP America Inc. is a Registered Provider with The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education Systems (AIA / CES). Credit(s) earned on completion of this program will be reported to AIA / CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for both AIA and non-AIA members are available upon request. They are all Intermediate Level HSW Classes.

Fostering Transparency with Environmental Product Declarations

YKK EPD / 1.0 Hour / HSW – Yes

This course explains the fundamentals of transparency in the construction industry and how LEED® v4 is utilizing EDPs to build comparable metrics for measuring a products environmental impact. Upon taking this course you will be able to distinguish the importance of LCAs, and EPDs in the product selection process. We will examine how EPDs fit into LEED v4 and compare a Industry-wide (generic) EPD and a Product-specific Type III EPD. You will also possess an understanding of the 6 LEED® v4 Environmental impact categories.


YKK S ENG / 1.0 Hour / HSW – Yes

This is an introduction to structural engineering for components and cladding. ASCE 7 is the recognized standard for determining “Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures” in the United States. This course defines and explores the building block information, including mullion loading, required to determine design pressures for your project. Past and current versions of ASCE 7 are compared and explained.

SIXTH EDITION 2017 FLORIDA BUILDING CODE with components and cladding

YKK 2017 FBC / 1.0 Hour / HSW – Yes

The effective date for the 6th Edition Florida Building Code is December 31, 2017. Jobs permitted on this date or after must comply with the new code. The focus of this course is to understand requirements and changes affecting vertical wall components and cladding. Most of the content is from Chapter 4 (Special Detailed Requirements based on Use and Occupancy), Chapter16 (Structural Design) and the Florida Energy Conservation Code. This course will help anyone involved avoid the pitfalls and make a smooth transition.


OA 301 R / 1.0 Hour / HSW – Yes
A 301 EX / 1.5 Hour / HSW – Yes

While storefronts, window walls, and curtain walls are all fenestration systems, they do have distinctive differences that dictate where they should be installed on a building. Discover performance attributes of each system and learn basic assembly and installation procedures. Explore the latest design concepts to meet more stringent energy codes.


YKK 100 WFS / 1.0 Hour / HSW – Yes

Selecting the best windows for a new or remodeled school requires a careful balance of aesthetics with a wide range of performance characteristics. Matching structural integrity to the location is essential. Incorporating state of the art thermal advancements optimizes comfort and cost. Student learning is enhanced with good day lighting and acoustics. Finally, school buildings experience abuse and will hold up much better if the correct products are selected.


EnerGcom / 1.0 Hour / HSW – Yes

The effort to improve the Energy Efficiency of buildings is primarily driven by Energy Codes and Green Standards. This course covers the latest developments in the ICC codes and ASHRAE standards. Through group discussion, the practitioner will learn how to select vertical fenestration systems that meet these new requirements and whole building energy goals. It also reviews whole fenestration system performance (frame and glazing), and explains compliance methods for the commercial market such as AAMA 507 and NFRC Component Modeling Approach (CMA) program.

Hurricane impact resistance with aluminum glazing systems

YKK 100 HU / 1.0 Hour / HSW – Yes

This course translates the destructive power of a hurricane into specific failure modes and then outlines action taken over the last 15 years to eliminate the sources of failure. The result is more cost effective, hurricane resistant commercial buildings. Performance attributes of various types of commercial glazing systems are reviewed.

Curtain wall design

YKK 100 CW / 1.0 Hour / HSW – Yes

Curtain walls provide some of the most dramatic design details of a building. This course explains strengths and weaknesses of various types of curtain wall and sun control accessories. Attendees will explore design pressure calculation, installation and glazing processes. A recent trend toward more fabrication / assembly in controlled environment will be analyzed. Latest energy codes and the industry’s response will be reviewed.

fenestration and glazing considerations for school safety

School Safety / 1.0 Hour / HSW – Yes

This course explores design strategies for new schools to make the most effective use of glazing for daylighting, natural surveillance, safety and security by incorporating Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) guidelines. The importance of training faculty, students and staff will be stressed. Participants will learn how to select the optimal glazing for fenestrations locations throughout the school, and how to select locks and access controls from proven lockdown technologies.

Blast Mitigation – How to Turn a No into a Yes

YKK Blast / 1.0 Hour / HSW – Yes

Blast Mitigation design strives to prevent or reduce injuries from flying glass / debris and to prevent progressive structural collapse of the building. As specifications become more stringent, selecting the right sizes and configurations that meet requirements at the lowest cost is more challenging. Finding the optimal configuration at optimal cost is illustrated through case studies with glazing systems.

southern exposure – energy practices in the southeast

YKK SE Energy / 1.0 Hour / HSW – Yes

This course will explore how to select fenestration envelope systems that comply with current codes and optimize performance in the South East. Best practices in shading and day lighting will be explored. Integration of high thermal performance design features into hurricane impact glazing will also be reviewed. Attendees will gain a strong understanding of AAMA 507, NFRC standards and the CMA programs as they relate to thermal performance of fenestration systems.

sustainable fenestration design and the leed green building RATING system

YKK Susfen / 1.0 Hour / HSW – Yes

The U. S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system facilitates buildings that reduce their negative impact on the environment and occupants. This course presents the LEED Rating System and provides guidance on how to maximize rating points (and building performance) with Architectural Glazing Systems and Sun Control accessories.


YKK FIN / 1.0 Hour / HSW – Yes

This course explains the types of Architectural Aluminum Finishes, it reviews the AAMA standards and evaluates the environmental impact pertaining to them. The course also differentiates their performance and explains their proper application and use. Upon completion you will be able to select the optimal finish for your project.


YKK SUN01 / 1.0 Hour / HSW – Yes

Sun Control Systems are increasing in popularity. Their passive control improves building envelope energy performance while maximizing the use of daylight and reducing solar heat gain. This course will cover basic sun shade design, highlight the benefits and will cover how it impacts the curtain wall design and installation.


YKK Unitize / 1.0 Hour / HSW – Yes

In today’s construction climate, increasingly tight schedules and rapid building close-ins are highly critical to success.  The type of system and method of installation – stick built versus unitized systems – can have a large impact on the structure’s overall timeline.  Unitized construction is not new, and it does not fit every project, but it is a growing consideration given the importance of quality, time and ongoing labor challenges.  This course will help attendees recognize the advantages and disadvantages of stick built, unitized and hybrid systems.