Visual Strength Grading Softwood refresher training course

This refresher course is aimed at any graders whose registration to the Q-Mark VSG Scheme has lapsed for two years or more. The course provides an overview of the subject and takes place in the last two days of the visual strength grading - softwood course.

 Course content

  • Review of grading rules 
  • Species recognition with practical exercises 
  • Timed grading exercises for long length grading to both GS and SS 
  • Mock examination including grading long lengths, drawing knot plots and timber 
  • Species identification under timed conditions

The course includes: 

  • Practical exercises 
  • A written test

You should attend this course if: 

  • Your registration to the Visual Strength Grading Q-Mark Scheme has lapsed for two years or more

Pre-course requirements

During the course, 3 metre lengths of timber will be handled on a daily basis

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 costs 2020

£440 + VAT
£395 + VAT (TRADA members)


Course dates in 2020

  • 27 - 28 February - near High Wycombe
  • 30 April - 1 May - near High Wycombe
  • 2 - 3 July - near High Wycombe
  • 24 - 25 September - near High Wycombe
  • 12 - 13 November - near High Wycombe