Wednesday, September 23, 2020

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Webinar:                    10:00 am – 1:30 pm  CDT



Wood as a Raw Material

Where does it come from?
Lumber/tree species groups
Basic tree physiology and morphology
Wood defects
Wood swell/shrinkage potential
Strength of wood in various directions


Webinar Instructions

Each webinar session earns continuing education credit and can be registered for individually. All attendees must log-on through their own email – attendees may not watch together if they wish to earn continuing education credit. HalfMoon Education Inc. must be able to prove attendance if either the attendee or HalfMoon Education Inc. is audited.

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Professional Engineers
3.0 PDHs

3.0 HSW CE Hours
3.0 LU|HSW

International Code Council
.3 CEUs (Building)


Continuing Education Credit Information

Each webinar offers 3.0 PDHs to professional engineers and 3.0 HSW continuing education hours to architects in all states.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida (Provider No. 0004647), Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700), North Carolina (S-0130), and North Dakota. HalfMoon Education is deemed an approved continuing education sponsor for New York engineers and architects via its registration with the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (Regulations of the Commissioner §68.14(i)(2) and §69.6(i)(2)). Other states do not preapprove continuing education providers or courses.

The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System has approved each webinar for 3.0 LU|HSW (Sponsor No. J885). Only full participation is reportable to the AIA/CES.

The International Code Council has approved this event for .3 CEUs in the specialty area of Building (Preferred Provider No. 1232).

Completion certificates will be awarded to participants who complete this event and earn a passing score (80%) on the quiz that follows the presentation (multiple attempts allowed).


Alex Charvat

Professional Engineer at Alexander Structures, LLCMr. Charvat is a professional engineer licensed in multiple states. He has worked as a forester in the Pacific Northwest, and he spent two years working at the United States’ Forest Service’s Forest Products Laboratory in Madison, Wisconsin, assisting with large research products for both engineered and natural wood. Mr. Charvat has engineered and designed hundreds of homes ranging from $20,000 cabins to $18 million ranches. He is the engineer of record for NAHB’s Log Home Log Grading Program, and he is also the engineer of record for over 30 threaded fasteners used in log home and residential construction, many found at big box stores. Mr. Charvat has hosted his own log cabin renovation show on DIY network called Cabin Rescue, has consulted on log cabin renovations featured on HGTV, and is the instructor for an internet-based class about building and buying a log home. He is the owner of Alexander Structures, Inc., based in Conifer, Colorado, which has been in business since 2002, Mr. Charvat holds a bachelor of science degree in Forest Science and a master of science degree in Agricultural Engineering—Structures, both from the University of Wisconsin. He also competed on History Channel’s TV reality series Top Shot for two seasons, including the final all-star season.

AIA Info

AIA Provider Statement:

HalfMoon Education Inc. is a registered provider of AIA-approved continuing education under Provider Number J885. All registered AIA/CES Providers must comply with the AIA Standards for Continuing Education Programs. Any questions or concerns about this provider of learning program may be sent to AIA/CES ( or (800) AIA 3837, Option 3).

This learning program is registered with AIA/CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product.

AIA continuing education credit has been reviewed and approved by AIA/CES. Learners must complete the entire learning program to receive continuing education credit. AIA continuing education Learning Units earned upon completion of this course will be reported to AIA/CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members are available upon request.

Course Title: Wood as a Raw Building Material

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description: This course examines the raw material aspects of wood, including where it comes from, how it is harvested, tree species, tree physiology and morphology, its shrinkage and swelling potential, its defects, and its strength.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to determine to determine where the lumber came from for particular projects and explain why that may matter.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to describe how lumber is harvested, and they will be able to determine the species of tree they are working with.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to discuss basic tree physiology and morphology and how that impacts the quality of harvested lumber.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to describe defects that are common to wood products and how these defects can have detrimental effects or enhance the beauty of wood.

Learning Objective 5:
Learners will be able to discuss the potential wood shrinkage and swelling and what effect that has on finished projects.

Learning Objective 6:
Learners will be able to explain the strength of wood in various directions and how that improves structural integrity.

LUs: 3.0                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Familiarity with building materials

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 07/31/2023

Complaint Resolution Policy:

Complaints regarding this course can be emailed to or by calling (715) 835-5900. A HalfMoon Education representative will respond within 72 hours to resolve the complaint, which will include, but not limited to, access to another CE activity at no or reduced cost or a full or partial refund. Each instance will be resolved on a case-by-case situation.