£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'.

Visual Strength Grading - Softwood course

You should attend this course if you are involved in the selection and supply of softwood for structural use.

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.

Course dates in 2019

  • 1 - 5 July - Horse Trust, Speen
  • 16 - 20 September - Horse Trust, Speen
  • 11 - 15 November - Horse Trust, Speen 


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