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Ralph Liebing, RA, CSI, CDT
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Username: rliebing

Post Number: 1441
Registered: 02-2003
Posted on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 09:37 am:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

By Ralph Liebing, RA, CSI, CDT
Cincinnati, Ohio

The phone rang that December 10, 1963-- it was my Dad. “Congratulations, ARCHITECT”, came his greeting. “Don’t kid me on that, Pop”, I sent back. He went on to tell me that it was in the paper on page 5, near the bottom at the fold [of course!].

I had passed the registration exam-- first time through! Five days of exams and only one was the massive fill-in- -the-answer-square format—all others were written or drawn [CAD was still a gleam in some one’s eye!]. Had to pass all portions and had to have an overall 75 score, I had one at 93 and one at 75 and the others scattered betwixt.


I was registered on November 30th, but had to renew my registration for 1964 by January 1st.

I wish such a day and event on every one seeking their professional designation. And in that I wish them much, if not all, of the education I had [beside it being a co-op curriculum]. The depth of instruction; the breadth; the ability and knowledge of my professors [some building, with their own hands] their new homes; their ability to use their insight and sense to guide our efforts and bring the best out of us; to give a well-rounded education from design through project documentation to legalities and site observation. It was all there, and coupled with good co-op employers, rather complete and truly with depth that was augmented in the offices and in the field.

And certainly the same scenario can and should be available to those seeking to be more than sales-persons, but product representatives who attain many of the experiences noted above, in their context. The parallel of education provides the start of the requisite relationship of the architect and engineer and product rep-- that unique relationship so vital to successful projects.

Of course, the product reps also need education in the context of their relationship to suppliers, distributors and trade contractors who have both proposed and active projects. This is unique in another way, but also vital. In addition there is need to combine both “educations” because they are most essential to the success of any rep.

CSI has come to recognize this situation and has found wide support among its members for a solution. One is coming! The CSI Board commissioned a feasibility report investigating whether or not CSI can provide the heeded instruction. When a favorable report was received, the Board moved to formation of an implementation Task Team-- help is on the way! That help is open to all construction industry members from entry level student to grizzly and experienced Trade Workers; in addition outsiders may also access the program to satisfy their interest.

We’re at Square 2! Stay tuned!

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