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AIA Disaster Assistance Program: Building Evaluator Training

December 8, 2020 - December 9, 2020

9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Post-disaster Safety-Assessment Program (SAP) training provides architects, engineers, and building inspectors with the knowledge to provide evaluations of facilities and buildings in the aftermath of a disaster.


Member: $120
Non-Member: $140

Registration closes on November 24th at 11:59 pm


All building industry professionals are welcome to attend. In addition, certain licensed practitioners will be eligible to perform post-disaster assessments after successfully completing SAP training as certified Building Evaluators:

  • Licensed architects
  • Registered civil, structural, or geotechnical engineers
  • Certified building inspectors


This two half-day, all-hazards, training course will include the SAP Building Evaluator Manual. Attendees will receive one field manual from the Applied Technology Council (ATC): ATC-45 Safety Evaluation of Buildings after Windstorms and Flood; or ATC-20 Post-earthquake Safety Evaluation of Buildings.

AIA SAP instructors share personal experiences from the field and interactive case studies. Attendees will learn about building performance and protocols for disaster deployment.

6.5 AIA HSW CEUs will be earned. Approx. 4 weeks after course completion, AIA members will see credits recorded in their on-line profile. Only non-AIA members will receive certificates.


In 2008 AIA adopted and adapted California’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) Safety Assessment Program (SAP) as the official AIA all-hazards post-disaster training. After successfully completing AIA’s SAP training, eligible individuals will earn a California-issued registration ID card. This nationally recognized certification is often required training for volunteer building safety evaluators nationwide.


Intended for licensed architects, engineers, or certified building inspectors; this course certifies attendees as Building Evaluators in the nationally recognized Safety Assessment Program (SAP). The program is managed by Cal OES with cooperation from professional organizations, including the AIA. It utilizes volunteers and mutual aid resources to provide professional engineers, architects and certified building inspectors to assist local governments in safety evaluation of their built environment in an aftermath of a disaster. SAP is the training standard of the AIA Disaster Assistance Program, which provides leadership, advocacy, and training to architects who are interested in volunteering their professional skills in times of crisis. This workshop will teach participants to conduct rapid damage assessments of structures affected by earthquakes, wind, and water. Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to consistently and safely assess structures for habitability and will receive a nationally recognized Cal OES registration ID card from the state of California.


At the end of this training, the participant will be able to

  • Recognize the important role architects and associated building professionals play in disaster
    preparedness, response, and recovery.
  • Accurately conduct a post-disaster rapid building assessment and complete appropriate
    damage assessment forms.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the Applied Technology Council’s ATC-20 Post-earthquake
    Safety Evaluation of Buildings and ATC 45 Safety Evaluation of Buildings after Windstorms
    and Floods damage assessment procedures.
  • Earn a Cal-OES registration ID card


  1. Complete the registration Cal OES SAP Registration form linked here
  2. Complete SAP Training Form Roster linked here
  3. Complete the registration below and remit payment.
  4. Physical manuals and materials will be mailed two weeks before the session to the address you provide.
  5. Attend the two (2) half-day sessions on December 8th and 9th via Zoom. Attendees must use a device has a microphone, webcam, and allows you to see a shared screen. Calling in to the session on a phone is not suitable.
  6. Receive the 80 question open-book exam upon on completion of the session. You have one week to take the exam and pass. It may take up to three weeks to receive the exam. Attendees must pass the exam on the first try to receive the CAL OES credential.
  7. Receive 6.5 HSW credits. Visible on your AIA transcript within 4 weeks. Only non-members will receive a certificate.
  8. Earn a Cal-OES registration ID card. This nationally recognized certification is often required training for volunteer building safety evaluators nationwide.



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