Visual Strength Grading - Softwood training course
A practical five-day course to grade softwood to the visual strength grades set out in BS 4978: 2007+A2:2017 'Visual strength grading of softwood. Specification'.
Through classroom based interactive learning, practical days spent in the timber yard and a practical examination, this course will provide delegates with:
- An introduction to timber, including the uses of strength graded timber
- The meaning of strength classes, an explanation of strength grading and the marking systems
- An understanding of the responsibilities of the grader and the grading company
- An introduction to the natural growth characteristics of wood using hand held samples
- Practical exercises grading lengths of softwood timber
The course also includes:
- Practical exercises
- A written test
You should attend this course if you:
- Are involved in the selection and supply of softwood for structural use
During the course, 3 metre lengths of timber will be handled on a daily basis.
All delegates must bring suitable clothing such as hi-vis vest/jacket and protective safety/footwear.
Delegates must also be aware of the correct manual handling techniques.
Course price per delegate - £1375 + VAT
COVID-19 update: This course is undertaken in a barn, with plenty of fresh air and ventilation, as per UK Government COVID-Secure regulations.
28 March – 1st April 2022
6th – 10th June 2022
3rd – 7th October 2022
Please note: it is a legal requirement for all structural timber used in the UK to be strength graded, CE or UKCA marked and stamped in accordance with Annex ZA of BS EN 14081-1. In order to do this, companies that place strength graded timber on the market are required to join a certification scheme. Please contact us for further information.
Please note we also have a Refresher course aimed at graders whose registration to the Q-Mark VSG Scheme has lapsed for two years or more. Please see here for details.
BM TRADA provides a range of training courses. Our training portfolio includes timber, fire, management systems, chain of custody, sustainable supply chain and business training.
Download our Training Booking Form.
Download our current Training Course Directory to discover more about our wide range on offer.
Articles and Blogs
Access our library of technical articles and blogs to help you better understand our services and how we can help you.
Visual Strength Grading Training Booking Form
Download the Training Booking Form for all Visual Strength Grading courses - this covers both Hardwood and Softwood courses.