This is an in-person course. This course provides an introduction and overview of the forest industry; products, terminology and manufacturing processes, with a focus on lumber.

This course will be of particular interest to new entrants to the forest industry, administrative and support staff or anyone who wishes to gain a greater understanding of our industry.

This course is often presented to small groups where student/presenter interaction is encouraged. Product samples and reference materials are used as teaching aids throughout the presentation.

This course will also include elements such as:

  • Products (species, sizes, and end uses) and key markets
  • Tree growth and wood structure
  • Manufacturing, finishing and drying
  • Lumber grading
  • Industry terminology and acronyms
  • International Plant Health rules
  • Lumber grade rules (introduction)
  • Field tours at a sawmill and/or planer or kiln facility
  • Course may be presented in the following ways
    • 3 day format – *2 classroom seminar days and a field tour day
    • 3 day format – 3 classroom seminar days (no field tours)
    • 4 day format – 3 classroom seminar days and a field tour day

(The *2 classroom seminar days cover less material due to time constraints, and the field tour would be at a sawmill, planer or kiln facility.)

We can also customize the course format to suit your particular needs.

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#280, 500-6th Avenue
New Westminster, British Columbia V3L 1V3
Tel: (604) 523-1288
Fax: (604) 523-1289