Registration is now closed.

To inquire about availability, contact Deanna Christiansen.

SAP Training – Safety Assessment Program

Presented with support from Anchor Block.

When a disaster strikes, one of the first tasks for a community is to determine whether the buildings are safe for habitation. Trouble is, the structures that must be examined often greatly outnumber the quantity of trained city inspectors.

The AIA Safety Assessment Program (SAP) Training has an answer: It provides architects, engineers, building officials, and inspectors with the knowledge and protocol to evaluate homes, buildings, and infrastructure in the aftermath of a disaster.

SAP is the training standard of the AIA Disaster Assistance Program, providing leadership, advocacy, and training to architects who are interested in learning how to apply 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.

Serve as a volunteer or simply inform your future design work

Limited to the first 35 registrants.

“SAP training is the CSI of architecture: investigating a building crime scene to know what to do and not do in our future design work.” So, whether you intend to serve as a volunteer to assess structures following a disaster, or simply want to be better informed for your future design work, you will benefit from this training.

Date, Time, Location

Thursday, June 7
8:30 am to 4:30 pm
International Market Square, Suite 185
275 Market Street, Minneapolis 55405


Includes SAP Educator Manual and lunch

AIA Members $150
NonMembers $200

Continuing education

6.5 HSW LU Hours

Learning objectives

  1. Recognize the important role architects and associated building professionals play in disaster preparedness, response, and recovery.
  2. Accurately conduct a post-disaster rapid building assessment and complete appropriate damage assessment forms.
  3. 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.
  4. Earn a Cal-OES registration ID card.


AIA SAP instructors are specially trained educators who share personal stories from their hands-on assessment experience.

Thomas R. Hurd, AIA, NCARB, ASES, is the founder and owner of Spatial Designs Architects and Energy Solutions (SDA), Mason City, Iowa. Tom taught the Retrofitting Flood Prone Residential Buildings Hazard Mitigation course in Emmitsburg, Maryland for the Federal Emergency Management Institute, 1999 & 2000. He has been the Cerro Gordo & Franklin County Emergency Management Disaster Damage Assessment Chief for Homeland Security, since 2002, and served as a FEMA Certified Disaster Management Interoperability Services Operator, 2005-2007. He was asked to start the Disaster Assistance Program in Iowa in 2008 and currently is the Iowa AIA Disaster Assistance Coordinator for the State of Iowa.  In addition he was appointed to the Central States Disaster Assistance Committee, 2013, and the National 2012 AIA Disaster Assistance Committee, 2012.

Managed by CalOES

This training is managed by The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) with cooperation from professional organizations, including the AIA. 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.


Contact Deanna Christiansen, Continuing Education Director