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eLearning modules

BRANZ eLearning modules grow vital skills and help you maintain the standard required to keep your licence. Our eLearning modules provide building practitioners with insights or refreshers to upskill a knowledge gap at a time and place that suits you.

Each self-paced, interactive learning module takes approximately 20 minutes and includes a self-assessment component.  Please note: your link will expire after 28 days.

Gain 100% in the questions at the end of the module, and you'll receive a record that can be submitted as part of your LBP and CPD activity log.

Steel-Framed Buildings – An overview for designers and builders

This 20-minute module steps designers and builders through the basics of steel-frame buildings. By completing these building blocks, you will gain an understanding of statutory requirements; materials and specifications; linings, thermal breaks, and insulation; and floors, roofs, and walls.

Steel-Framed Buildings – Understanding the principles of design

This 20-minute module gives designers in-depth, practical guidance on design principles and considerations for lightweight steel framing that differ from timber construction. This module includes preplanning; steel basics; fixings and connections; and on-site remediation. 

Steel-Framed Buildings – Designing a steel-framed building

This 20-minute module provides comprehensive guidance on the design and construction of steel-framed buildings and steps learners through a diverse range of fundamental topics including walls, floors, and rafters; roof structure; insulation; thermal breaks and underlays; wiring and piping; fire and acoustics; windows, doors and wall cladding; bracing; and foundations and connections.

Junctions module: Introduction to junctions

A junction is where materials meet or change direction and can be a weakness in the weathertightness of the building envelope. This module covers how water behaves; why junctions are important; the different types of junctions. 

Junctions module: Design principles for junctions

When designing junctions, we need to consider the situation or context that the junctions are in, the appropriate materials we need to use, and the best design practices. This module covers geographical location; suitable materials; designing flashings and penetrations; designing for maintenance.

Junctions module: Junctions in practice

Using case studies for a simple house and a complex house, this module illustrates the design of a variety of junctions and the issues to consider.

Junctions module: Junction installation for LBPs

This module provides an introduction to junction installation for LBPs. It covers what are junctions and why they are important; how water behaves; flashings, penetrations, sealants, and sequencing; what you need to know before you start building; common issues and problems during installation.

Stairs Module: Introduction to Stair Design

This module provides an introduction to stairway design following D1/AS1 including specifications and features that are required for safety and ease of use.

Stairs Module: Stair Barriers

This module covers design and construction requirements for barriers, specifically in relation to stairways.

Stairs Module: Stair Landings

This module covers design and construction requirements for landings, including quarter and half landings.

Stairs Module: Curved and Winder Stairs

This module covers D1/AS1 design requirements for curved and winder stairs.

Stairs Module: Exterior Stairs

This module covers D1/AS1 design requirements for exterior stairs.

Stairs Module: Handrails

This module focuses on stair handrails, including when and why they’re used, and specifications for handrail design in different situations.

Module: Building consent challenge

This module is for anyone who is or could be involved in the building consent process. You’ll start with five projects, but not all of them will need consent.

To pass this module, you need to work through the steps for the rest of the projects to get a Code Compliance Certificate for each.

Gain 100% in the test at the end of the module, and you'll receive a record of your completion that can be submitted as part of your CPD activity log.

Module: Introduction to R-values

R-values measure how good something is at containing heat (or cold). R-values help designers to determine the level of energy efficiency performance - there are different requirements for different climates.

Topics covered in this self-paced module:

  • What are R-values?
  • Why are R-values important?
  • How do I find my R-values?
  • Library of useful materials

Gain 100% in the test at the end of the module, and you'll receive a record of your completion that can be submitted as part of your CPD activity log.

Module: The schedule method

The schedule method is the simplest, quickest and cheapest way to demonstrate compliance with Building Code clause H1 Energy efficiency but it is the most restrictive. You must meet minimum requirements for construction R-values for walls, floors, roofs and windows.

Topics covered in this self-paced module:

  • What is the schedule method?
  • How does it work?
  • How could I go further?
  • Library of useful materials

Gain 100% in the test at the end of the module, and you'll receive a record of your completion that can be submitted as part of your CPD activity log.

Module: The calculation method

The calculation method is a simple way to demonstrate compliance with Building Code clause H1 Energy efficiency, and it is slightly less restrictive than the schedule method. You may trade off some aspects of the design against others to determine the energy balance.

Topics covered in this self-paced module:

  • What is the calculation method?
  • How does it work?
  • How could I go further?
  • Library of useful materials

Gain 100% in the test at the end of the module, and you'll receive a record of your completion that can be submitted as part of your CPD activity log.

Module: Modelling methods - ALF

Modelling methods can either be done by a paid professional or by an individual using the Annual Loss Factor (ALF) online tool to demonstrate compliance with Building Code clause H1 Energy efficiency.

Topics covered in this self-paced module:

  • What is a modelling method?
  • What is the ALF tool?
  • How does it work?
  • How do I read the results?
  • How could I go further?
  • Library of useful materials

Gain 100% in the test at the end of the module, and you'll receive a record of your completion that can be submitted as part of your CPD activity log.

Module: Introduction to the LBP Scheme

This module focuses on the basics of the Licensed Building Practitioners (LBP) Scheme. It is broken down into two paths – one for tradespeople and designers looking to become licensed and one for current licensed building practitioners.

Topics covered in this self-paced module: 

  • The LBP Scheme and its benefits
  • The roles and responsibilities of an LBP
  • The scope to the different licence classes
  • Skills maintenance
  • Did I understand all of this? 

Gain 100% in the test at the end of the module, and you'll receive a record of your completion that can be submitted as part of your CPD activity log.

Module: Introduction to moisture

Moisture can make its way into a house in a range of ways - exterior, interior, ground and construction. This module focuses on the effects of moisture on houses and the people who live in them.

Topics covered in this self-paced module:

  • Where does it come from?
  • Why is it important?
  • In the past
  • Library of useful material

Gain 100% in the test at the end of the module, and you'll receive a record of your completion that can be submitted as part of your CPD activity log.