Connections 2

Course Description

The effective designing of steel connections is a crucial element in the construction of steel framed structures. With the knowledge gained from Connections 1, this course will further help you develop the right skills to better understand the origin of standards used to design steel connections. Additionally, it will provide a thorough understanding of basic design principles, as well as enhance your understanding to design more complex welded and bolted connections suitable for fabrication.

This course is the second in a two level series and is recommended to be taken with the successful completion of Connections 1. It is made up of 20 modules and contains 40 hours of video instruction, course notes and references, as well as an exam. Once the course is completed, and with a score of 80% or higher on the final exam, the learner will be designated by CISC as an Accredited Steel Connections Designer – Conventional Construction.

This course was based on CSA S16-09. Those who practice in a jurisdiction where a later version of CSA S16 has been adopted or is expected to be adopted in the near future are encouraged to enroll in its later edition.

Duration 40 hours (20 modules) | Fee $1125.00 | 4.0 CEUs


This 40 hours course (20 modules) is the second in a two level series intended to develop the skills necessary for the design of steel connections as related to the construction of steel-framed structures. Successful completion of the Connections 1 course is strongly recommended.

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The objective is to assist steel industry personnel in their understanding of basic connection design principles, and after a review of material presented in Connections 1, to design more complex welded and bolted connections suitable for fabrication. Participants will also understand the origin of the rules and standards used in the steel industry. The scope of the course is limited to connections normally encountered in common types of steel building structures and does not include connections in Seismic Force Resisting Systems.

This training also has the following goals:

  • know how to analyze the forces acting on a body and represent them in diagrammatic form
  • understand the different properties of materials
  • apply knowledge of physics to solving real technical problems
  • develop curiosity and critical judgment

Topics include a review of material covered in Connections 1, plus tension bolted connections, bolted and welded eccentric connections, welded and bolted rigid connections, and braces.

  • steel fabrication engineers and designers
  • steel detailers who have successfully completed Connections 1
  • professors and lecturers involved in teaching steel connection design

Registration in this course includes access to the recorded sessions for four months.

Each student will be able to download a PDF file containing the course slides which the student will be able to print.

Each student will be able to download ZIP files containing the supplementary course notes, homework exercises and solutions to the homework exercises.

The course leader will mark the final exam, if applicable.

Pathway to CISC Accreditation : Steel Connections Designer – Conventional Construction  (An additional fee of $200.00 applies.)

A remote proctored, 3-hour final exam is available after completion of the course.

A registered professional engineer (structural) who has fully completed the Connections II course and has achieved 80% on the final exam will be designated by CISC as an Accredited Steel Connections Designer – Conventional Construction.

If interested in writing the final exam, please contact for more information.

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