£1190 + VAT
£1070 + VAT (TRADA members)
Duration - Five days

A practical five-day course to grade softwood to the visual strength grades set out in BS 4978: 2007+A1:2011 'Specification for visual grading of softwood'.

Course dates in 2019

  • 16 - 20 September - Horse Trust, Speen
  • 11 - 15 November - Horse Trust, Speen

Download the booking form here.

Visual Strength Grading - Softwood course content

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

Pre-course requirements

During the course, 3m lengths of timber will be handled on a daily basis. Please ensure all delegates bring suitable clothing such as Hi-Vis vest/jacket and protective safety/footwear. Delegates must also be aware of the correct manual handling techniques.

You should attend this course if you: 

  • Are involved in the selection and supply of softwood for structural use