£420 + VAT
£375 + VAT (TRADA members)

Duration - Two days

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

Visual Strength Grading Softwood refresher course 

You should attend this course if your registration to the Visual Strength Grading Q-Mark Scheme has lapsed for two years or more.

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 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

  • 2 - 3 May - Horse Trust, Speen
  • 4 - 5 July - Horse Trust, Speen
  • 19 - 20 September - Horse Trust, Speen
  • 14 - 15 November - Horse Trust, Speen