National Gypsum has recently released four new online continuing education courses for the architectural community. Course topics include finishing gypsum and designing for high STC ratings, abuse and impact resistant gypsum and high-performance gypsum products.

“Each course offers architects new opportunities to earn continuing education credits, even for someone who has taken a course through National Gypsum’s website before,” said Mundise Mortimer, manager of technical marketing for National Gypsum. “The course subjects relate to designing, specifying and installing gypsum board for optimum results for the architect, owner and end user.”

The courses include:

•     Abuse and Impact Resistant Gypsum: Stronger and Safer Walls

This course reviews the ASTM C 1629 test standard for abuse and impact resistant gypsum and uses this data to distinguish between abuse resistant and impact resistant gypsum board. Learn how to specify the appropriate gypsum board when a project requires abuse or impact resistant properties. 

•     Acoustically Enhanced Gypsum Board: Designed for High STC Wall Assemblies

This course covers key acoustical terminology and third party recommendations for Sound Transmission Class-rated walls. Learn  how acoustically enhanced gypsum compares with existing solutions for achieving higher STC ratings and decreasing sound transmission while increasing valuable square footage.

•     High-Performance Gypsum: Protect Against Mold, Moisture and Exposure

This course focuses on the superior performance characteristics of gypsum products manufactured with fiberglass facing, which replaces the paper facing typically used on gypsum board. In addition, participants will learn about the basic applications, attributes, advantages and limitations of each of the four common product types.

•     Finishing Gypsum Board: Appearance and Indoor Air Quality

Understand trade terminology and applicable standards for specifying the final level of finish for gypsum board. In addition, this course reviews industry-accepted practices for maintaining Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) during construction and after occupancy and examines how finishing practices and products impact indoor environmental quality.

All of the courses are approved by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and offer one health, safety, and welfare (HSW) learning unit. Each completed program will earn the participant one credit. To learn more or to register for the courses hosted by Ron Blank & Associates, visit