CSI Mt. Rainier Chapter

March 2021 - President's Message

Spring is just around the corner, and as in nature, it is a time for us to nurture new opportunities for growth and renewal.  One such opportunity is through continuing education, and one place to access this is by attending CSI Mt. Rainier Chapter programs. These programs go towards satisfying the new CSI certification requirements and typically also offer AIA continuing education credits.  This month we are offering two great presentations.  March 4, we learn the Art of Designing Radio Studios - Classic KING FM. Then we travel with Washington State Parks to the Goldendale Observatory on March 19 to see how the design process helps to add value and enhance their programs. For more information, or to register, go to the Events section of our website, www.csimtrainier.org.  

Stay Healthy and See You in Zoom!

Poppy Bushnell, CSI, CDT 

Construction Specification Institute (CSI) is a national association of commercial-level construction professionals dedicated to improving construction communication through:

CSI is unique in the industry in that its members are a cross section of architects, engineers, designers, specifiers, contractors, owners, facility managers, building materials suppliers, and others who are touched by construction documentation.

The Mt. Rainier Chapter 

  • Who are we? Everyone! (in Construction)

  • What do we do? Everything (in Construction)

  • Don't call us Spec Writers - we are so much more than specifications!

  • We synchronize our talents and share our knowledge.

  • We are equipped to build something extraordinary.

CDT Study Class | CSI Portland Chapter

Where:  Via Zoom Webinar on Wednesday nights starting in March, from 5pm to 7pm

When: Wednesdays – March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 – April 7, 14, 21, 28

Each class is 2 hours, from 5pm to 7pm Pacific Time.

Contact: Cherise Lakeside, Instructor, Portland CSI | cheriselakeside@gmail.com

More information: CDT Study Classes — Portland CSI 


CDT Exam Process by Stephani Fry | CSI Mt. Rainier Chapter Director 2

I decided to take my CDT exam this past fall.  I knew I wanted to take it to continue my education after graduation, but this seemed like the perfect opportunity.  I already proved to myself that I can finish my degree virtually, I can work virtually, and I can network virtually.  Why not take the CDT virtually too??  I had heard rave reviews about Portland Chapter’s CDT Study Class, and I knew the only way I was going to be able to attend is if I did it virtually.  I certainly wasn’t going to be able to leave work early to drive to Portland once a week for 10 weeks!
Portland Chapter’s class with Cherise Lakeside was fantastic.  There were over 60 people in the Zoom class, but she made sure to answer everyone’s questions and did her very best to make sure that everyone understood the material.  She even spends a whole evening covering the A201!  The classes were once a week, 2 hours at a time.  She broke the information up into manageable chunks, and did her best to keep us laughing and focused, even during the most dry and boring sections.  Not everyone send Cherise a message when they get their pass/fail notification, but as of today almost half of our class has told Cherise that they passed!
I knew some of the material from my studies at Clover Park Technical College with Poppy Bushnell.  Gaps were filled in during the Study Class with Cherise Lakeside.  I had the official flashcards and the Project Delivery Practice Guide from CSI directly.  My classes didn’t quite cover everything, the PDPG is a big book!  But with a little light studying, I felt confident going into my exam.  The online proctoring system was really smooth.  I’m a nervous test taker, so eliminating distractions and testing within my own home was extremely beneficial for me.  The exam itself was challenging, there are many trick questions.  I can not stress this enough; make sure you study carefully and use official CSI study materials so you are familiar with the way exam questions will be worded.
If you’re thinking of taking the CDT, I highly recommend doing so while our world is still virtual.  You can take advantage of Portland Chapter’s class no matter where you live, and remote proctoring means you can minimize distractions and build your ideal testing environment.  I’m not a spec writer, I’m a drafter at a small architectural firm.  But this is not a test for just spec writers, it helped me understand a lot more about the whole process of construction and project delivery, instead of just my little piece of the puzzle.

The Setup
The exam requires a laptop with a built-in microphone and webcam.  Everything needs to be on one device which means you cannot use your cell phone as the camera and then log in on your computer.  They use a lockdown browser, which closes everything on your computer except the test.  They will ask that you move your camera around your workspace before begining the exam, looking under the desk, chair etc to check for study materials and recording devices.  They even inspected my glasses!  If anyone enters the room during testing, the test will automatically become invalidated.


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