Frequently Asked Questions
How much does the course cost?
The cost of the course is $2,000 per student. Note, however, that bulk discounts are availble. To inquire, please contact us at email@example.com
How do I sign up?
How do I pay?
Payment can be made by credit card or cheque. Course access is not set up until payment is received in full.
What languages is the course in?
The course is only available in English.
What do I need to take the course?
A computer connected to a broadband internet connection. Two books are required to take the course:
- As a minimum, Detailing for Steel Construction, Second Edition and the Steel Construction Manual, Thirteenth Edition.
- Recommeded is, Detailing for Steel Construction, Third Edition and the Steel Construction Manual, Fourteenth Edition.
What software do I need?
None. There is no drawing required in this course. Applications such as Tekla Structures, SDS/2 or AutoCAD, etc. are not required.
Is this an accredited course?
No. This course was developed by Dowco Consultants Ltd. in association with the AISC and under the guidance of the AISC Committee on Steel Detailing. The online course administration and instruction is managed exclusively by Dowco.
What do I get upon completing the course?
Upon completion of the online course material the student will receive a course Completion Certificate. After taking the final exam the student will then be presented with either a Gold, Silver or Bronze Certificate based on the proficiency they have demonstrated.
Will I be taught Connection Design?
No. The course focuses on the basic fundamentals of detailing. It is designed to teach the student the essentials and theory behind becoming a "Steel Detailer". In teaching this we also introduce the student to the related mathematics to improve their understanding of the underlying design considerations. We demonstrate both ASD and LRFD design methods and require the student to complete the exercises using both calculation methods.
Can I share a single login?
No. The course is designed and presented in a linear fashion. The student's progress through the course is tightly managed and controlled. Testing is only conducted once as the student advances. Each time the student logs in they automatically resume learning where they left off.
How long do I get to take the course?
Depending upon the students prior steel detailing experience, there is up to 300 hours of instruction. The course is designed to be completed in one year, by spending six hours per week. The student is given 18 months to complete the course from the date of signup.
Are there course deadlines?
You have 18 months from date of signup to complete the course. All learning is done to the students own schedule, there are no deadlines for completion of assignments or sections, etc.
I've been in the industry for years. Is the course good for me?
Many people who have been in the steel industry have taken the course and found the material to be beneficial.
How does the final exam work?
Upon completing the course, the administrator will set you up in the final exam system, which works similar to the main course. You will be assigned a four hour period of your choosing to complete the final exam. The exam is open-book and students are tested on all course materials.
How is my course mark established?
All tests are done online. Tests are marked automatically by the system. The student must obtain a 70% mark on cumulative chapter exams before they are allowed to proceed any further in the course. Your final mark for the course is obtained 42% from the core material, 23% from the related mathematics and 35% from the final examination.
How do I contact my instructor?
You can contact your instructor via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What if I have other questions?
Any other inquiries about the Structural Detailer Training course can be e-mailed to email@example.com.