Structural connector engineer and manufacturer Simpson Strong-Tie is adding to its extensive training library with a quick-reference pocket installation guide. This detail-oriented, bilingual pictorial booklet provides a quick visual reference on how to install many of the company's products. It also includes details showing how not to connect certain hangers.

Cost: Free For information: Download the pocket guide or order a hard copy by visiting and clicking on "Training."

Truss Technology Workshop

Offered by the Wood Truss Council of America, Truss Technology Workshops offer education and CEUs on structural building components for a range of jobs in the industry, including inspectors, architects, and suppliers. For builders and contractors, online courses include "Truss Basics," "Four Steps to Safe Truss Installation," "Storage, Handling, Installing, and Bracing," and "Minimizing Mold on Structural Wood Components." The site also includes an extensive resource library with information about the structural building components industry, including technical publications, a virtual tour of a truss plant, and design tools.

Cost: Varies For information: Visit