Structural Engineering for Architects and Non‑Structural Engineers Certificate Program (100% online) ‑ New!

Structures are an essential element of the building process, but one of the most difficult concepts for architects and others in the design environment to understand. If you are involved in the design and construction of steel, wood, reinforced concrete and masonry projects, this 100% online certificate will help you understand structures and how they work.

You will learn that while structural engineers do the detailed consulting work, as an architect or non-structural engineer, you need to understand the basic concepts and principles of structural theory and analysis. The certificate will present basic concepts and design examples without in-depth mathematical derivations. You will become familiar with the different types of structural elements and systems, how various loads affect them and the basic principles of materials strength and structural analysis. This will allow you to collaborate with structural engineers and make everyone’s tasks easier.

You will leave this certificate with a sound understanding of the structural design process, the confidence to work successfully with structural design experts while knowing when to ask for their help.

Who should attend

Anyone that works with steel, wood, reinforced concrete and/or masonry would benefit from this certificate. This includes architects, fabricators and manufacturers of structural systems, general contractors, builders, technicians and technologists of all disciplines. Those who may want to learn more about structural systems such as plant engineers, property managers, directors of physical plants, building inspectors and non-structural engineers.

What you will learn

  • the basic concepts and principles of structural analysis
  • all about construction materials like reinforced concrete, steel, masonry and wood
  • the standards for structural design including a review of the building code clauses that govern structural design
  • how designers use shear and moment diagrams to select structural materials to design different structural members like foundations, columns, beams, floor systems, shear walls and diaphragms
  • how to think and solve structural problems through illustrated examples and exercises

Course content

This online certificate program consists of four modules. Live sessions will be held on Tuesdays from 7:00 – 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Module I: Introduction to Structural Elements and Steel (9 weeks)
May 5 to June 30, 2020

Module II: Steel Continued, Meet Wood (8 weeks)
September 11 to October 30, 2020

Module III: Wood Continued, Introducing Reinforced Concrete (8 weeks)
January 12 to March 2, 2021

Module IV: Reinforced Concrete Continued, All About Masonry (8 weeks)
May 4 to June 22, 2021


The fee for each module is $1195 OR register and pay $4400 for the entire Certificate in advance and save $380! Please contact Chris Abraham at 902-494-8042 or 1-800-565-8867 for more information.

Certificate requirements

It is highly recommended that you complete the four modules in sequential order. The certificate is awarded after the completion of the four modules, including all quizzes and final examinations. This represents approximately 200 hours of training which includes online sessions, home study, assignments and examination preparation. You must attain a minimum of 65% for each module and an aggregate average of at least 75% in the program.

Required textbook

Structural Design: A Practical Guide for Architects, by James R. Underwood and Michele Chiuni, Second Edition, Wiley, 2007, 792 pages, ISBN # 978-0-471-78904-8.


Eman H. Al-Ali, P.Eng, PMP, LEED AP BD&C, is an engineer in Ontario with over 25 years of experience in the field of civil engineering. She is passionate about learning and helping others learn as engineering science evolves. After completing her B.Sc. degree in Civil Engineering at Basra University, she pursued her M.Sc. in Structural Engineering from Baghdad University. She was offered a teaching position at the University of Technology, Baghdad, Iraq to teach different civil engineering materials. While at the University of Technology, Eman established the first personal computer laboratory in 1986. She also held a position as a structural engineer in Baghdad where she mastered her skills in structural design and inspection, quality control and quality assurance, and enriched her expertise in the project management field.

As a design manager in Dubai, UAE, she completed many successful projects of different types from villa compounds to multi-million-dollar commercial towers. In 2010, she received her LEED AP in building design and construction (LEED AP BD&C) credential to manage green building projects. And in 2011, she was certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP). Currently, Eman works as a project coordinator in an engineering firm in Mississauga, Ontario.