Studies have shown that acoustics play an important role in employee satisfaction and performance in the workplace. Without an effective strategy for minimizing noise and providing adequate privacy, businesses are at-risk for lost productivity and employee turnover. A new online training course on office acoustics, now available from CertainTeed Ceilings, provides architects and designers the latest science on how sound affects the way people work and offers strategies for creating optimal interior environments.

The free course, “Acoustic Ceilings for the Modern Office,” explains Ceiling Attenuation Class (CAC), Sound Transmission Class (STC), and Articulation Class (AC), which are key measurements for designing acoustically efficient spaces in private and open offices. It also explores the role of acoustics in LEED certification and discusses academic research on office environments.

“In an effort to boost employee collaboration, many modern offices have moved toward open-plan designs. However, this type of setup presents unique challenges in balancing productive dialogue with potential disruptions,” said Robert Marshall, manager, marketing technical services for CertainTeed Ceilings. “Without a sound acoustical strategy, the daily din of ringing phones, clacking keyboards and hallway conversations can make it difficult to concentrate. This online course addresses these issues and discusses techniques to ensure a productive workplace.”

“Acoustic Ceilings for the Modern Office” is registered with the AIA Continuing Education System, as well as the Construction Specifications Institute Construction Education Network. It has also been approved by the U.S. Green Building Council LEED professional credentialing program.

CertainTeed offers more than 35 free online courses for professionals that can be used to meet all standards of national and local continuing education learning units. For more information, visit