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Building Barrier-Free Bathrooms

Total Credits: 1 Minnesota Residential Building Contractor, 1 Minnesota Building Official, 1 Wisconsin Dwelling Contractor

MN Building Official Credit |  MN Contractor Credit |  WI Contractor Credit
Andy Gallio
1 Hour
Audio and Video
Access for 180 day(s) after purchase.


Mandated requirements for ADA compliancy and demand from an aging population, is creating a growing need for barrier-free bathrooms. Today's ADA compliant bathroom no longer has to be utilitarian or "institutional" in its design. Design options are enhanced through the use of tile and innovative construction methods. The result is beautiful bathrooms that also adhere to ADA standards for accessible design. This course examines ways in which barrier-free environments can be customized to include various design elements while remaining ADA compliant. This course also addresses why bonded waterproofing technology lends itself to the construction requirements of barrier-free design.

Course Outline
  • Introduction
  • Why is Barrier-free Important?
  • What is Barrier-free?
  • Waterproofing Barrier-free

Learner Objectives

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the necessity for ADA compliant barrier-free bathrooms
  • Identify the common challenges related to waterproofing a barrier-free bathroom
  • Integrate the principles presented in this course when designing barrier-free bathrooms
  • Use the techniques presented in this course to integrate custom design elements in a barrier-free bathroom


"Very well described solutions to the curbless shower. I learned a lot about the transition area between wet and dry zones.  Andy was very descriptive about the variety of solutions for each section." Matthew  Esler, Esler Construction LLC

"The course showed the new better way to build waterproof showers and “wet rooms.” David Raskob, D.B. Raskob Construction, LLC

"This course was useful in so many ways. Very helpful for my future learnings." Wade Olker, Accessibility 101

"Knowledgeable speaker with good content and examples." Ashley Pontiff, VBA

Quiz Info

After the course, you will need to take a 10 question quiz. To pass the quiz, you will need to get a score of 70% or higher.

Credit Info

This course has been approved for one hour of MN residential contractor, remodeler, and building official continuing education by the Minnesota Department of Labor & Industry, and one hour of WI Dwelling Contractor Qualifier CE by the Wisconsin Dept. of Safety & Professional Services. If you are eligible to receive continuing education credits, your information will be electronically reported to the appropriate agency within 7 business days of course completion.

Access Info

Your online course is accessible 24/7. The course will be available to you for 180 days from purchase date.

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Schluter-Systems North America

With more than 25 years of experience in the construction industry, Andy Gallio provides instruction to installers as well as architects on the proper usage of the materials necessary in the tile industry at Schluter’s workshops and online training events. He started out in the residential homebuilding trade as a framer and concrete placer. He has had specific training in the field of concrete specification and testing as well as Computer Aided Design (CAD). His experience in all aspects of construction advanced him to a position of writing and implementing scopes of work for subcontractors. In his later position as a national tile distributor, he implemented training programs pertaining to the tile industry and based on the TCNA handbook. This included teaching tile contractors and sales personnel about proper installation and utilization of setting materials necessary to achieve valid results in relation to tile assemblies.

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