Certificate Program

Why take this certificate program?

This series of career-focused courses taught by practicing engineers and university professors and provides professional engineers in-demand skills used in the field of seismic engineering. Learn the fundamental concepts of earthquake engineering, seismic analysis of buildings, and design and detailing of steel and concrete structures. Course materials cover both new and existing buildings.



120 PDHs/12 CEUs


Member $3,775 | Non-member $4,775

Learning outcomes

After completing this certificate program, you will be able to:

  • Explain the fundamental concepts of earthquake engineering, which provides the foundation for understanding the analysis and design requirements in ASCE 7.
  • Describe the ASCE 7 procedures for seismic load analysis of buildings and other structures.
  • Identify the four seismic analysis methods in ASCE 7: Equivalent Lateral Force (ELF), Modal Response Spectrum (MRS), Linear Response History (LRH), and Nonlinear Response History Analysis (NRHA).
  • List the commonly used standards and explain the difference between seismic evaluation and retrofit of an existing building and new building design.

Who should participate?

  • Practicing engineers
  • Building code officials
  • Architects
  • Developers

Certificate courses

All 5 courses must be completed.

Suggested order of completion:

  1. Earthquake Engineering for Structures
  2. Seismic Loads
  3. Seismic Design and Detailing of Steel and Concrete Buildings
  4. Seismic Analysis of Building Structures
  5. Seismic Evaluation and Retrofit of Existing Buildings