Continuing education

Continuing education

Altro is a registered provider of six AIA/CES approved presentations. These CEU presentations are usually held as "lunch and learn" events and are hosted by your local Altro representative. These presentations will help you achieve LU and HSW credits. To maintain membership in the AIA, you are required to take 18 LU (learning unit) hours and 12 hours of HSW (health, safety and welfare units) per year. Let Altro help you maintain your membership by attending our quick and informative presentations.

Our CEU presentations are available as remote webinars that can be conducted by your local Altro sales representative. As part of our Altro After-Hours series we are currently offering presentations after traditional business hours. Discover more information and the schedule below. 

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Altro After-Hours CEU series

To accommodate those putting in extra hours at night to balance their constantly changing work schedules, we are offering all of our CEU presentations in an “After-Hours” series. Our Altro representatives are offering multiple sessions each week in an effort to make this content more accessible to architects and designers interested in attending a virtual presentation. For more information on timing and presentation topics, please view the schedule below.

Hygienic operating room design

Hygienic Operating Room Design is an informative, one-hour seminar that examines the unique challenges and guidelines that must be addressed when designing operating rooms.

Learning objectives

  • Learn about the latest design trends impacting operating rooms today. Some of these trends include: larger, more multi-purpose rooms, reducing the use of anti-microbial additives, aseptic technique and sterile field design. 
  • Review current FGI, USP, and CSA guidelines pertaining to floors and walls developed for hygienic facilities and learn how these guidelines and best practices affect the design of modern operating rooms. The guidelines restrict the use of certain finishes, details and accessories and recommend hygienic alternatives that can be used in their place. 
  • Discuss the attributes that make vinyl flooring and walling an ideal choice for operating rooms. This objective explores attributes inherent in the nature of vinyl that make it ideal for healthcare.  Durability, versatility, long lifespan and resistance to bacteria are among the chief factors that make vinyl products suitable for many areas within healthcare.
  • Learn about new methods and techniques when designing and installing floors and walls for operating rooms. This objective focuses on a few specific installation techniques that help create better, long lasting facilities. These include, different colored flooring inserts around operating tables and other places susceptible to staining agents, floor to wall transitions, what is compliant and what is non-compliant with current regulations, and adhesive-free flooring and its advantages to healthcare construction. 

Designing for education

Designing for education is an informative seminar that examines the unique challenges that must be addressed when designing interiors for the education sector.  The topics covered in this course apply to both K-12 as well as higher education.

Learning objectives
  • How the use of color and design impacts learning
  • To recognize the epidemic of poor indoor air quality in schools, the impact this has on children, and how to reduce exposure levels
  • To understand the importance of life cycle costing and how appropriate product selection can save schools money
  • To understand the diverse needs of schools and the specific design considerations that each type of room requires

Designing for an aging population

Is an informative seminar examining the difficulties seniors face with everyday tasks and how designing interiors to meet those needs creates a safe and comfortable environment.

Learning objectives
  • Facilities Guidelines Institute’s standards
  • Changes to hearing, vision and mobility
  • The importance of color and contrast
  • Design considerations by area type

Preventing infection with floors and walls

Preventing Infection through the Selection of Hygienic Floors and Walls is an informative seminar examining dangers of Healthcare Acquired Infections (HAIs) and how they can be avoided by selecting the right types of floors and walls. 

Learning objectives

  • The dangers and costs associated with Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs).
  • The major superbugs and how infections are spread.
  • The role different types of surfaces play in infection and what makes some floors and walls more hygienic than others.
  • How the design team can help prevent infection by specifying floors and walls with hygienic attributes.

Designing for behavioral and mental health

An informative seminar that provides an in-depth examination of the statistics surrounding behavioral and mental health (BMH) as well as facilitating treatment while promoting safety through successful BMH design.

Learning objectives:

  • Acknowledge the alarming statistics surrounding behavioral and mental health as well as the individuals receiving treatment.
  • Learn about the three fundamental design principles for designing behavioral and mental health facilities.
  • Understand the PSRA Matrix and its influence on the selection of interior design finishes in behavioral and mental health facilities.
  • Review specific behavioral and mental health floor and wall surface details that facilitate ligature-free design.

Safety by design

Safety by Design is a FCSI accredited course.  FCSI members receive 1 credit for attending​.

Flooring Safety by Design is an informative seminar examining the dangers associated with slips and falls and the importance of choosing appropriate flooring

Learning objectives
  • Define the Coefficient of Friction as it relates to the specification of slip-resistant flooring.
  • Identify the legislative guidelines and legal tests relating to the specification of slip-resistant flooring.
  • Facts and figures behind slips and falls in the workplace and other areas.
  • Undertake a needs analysis to determine slip-resistant floors that are appropriate for your requirements.