This is an in-person CMSA Lumber Grading Class for Coastal species. This class gives students a knowledge of tree and wood structure and provides them with the fundamentals on how to grade a piece of lumber.

This class will also teach species identification between the many Coastal species, specifically: Sitka Spruce, Douglas Fir, Hem-Fir (Western Hemlock and Amabillis Fir), Western Red Cedar, Yellow Cedar and Western White Pine. Grade rules taught include:

  • R-List Clears under 3”
  • R-List Clears 3” thick to under 5”
  • Industrial Clears 2” (para. 108)
  • NLGA Shop (para. 155)
  • NLGA Flitches (para. 150)
  • NLGA Door Stock (para. 156-8)
  • Window Stock (para. 153)
  • NLGA Boards (para. 114)
  • NLGA Light Framing (para. 122)
  • NLGA Structural Joists and Planks (para. 124)
  • NLGA Studs (para. 121)
  • British Standard BS 4978
  • CFLA Japanese Product Standard E120

Students will be expected to do the prescribed readings and homework prior to each day’s lesson. Instructors will review grade rules, grade tables and assist students as they apply the grade rules to find the correct lumber grades on the classroom samples.
The class is split into 2 semesters. At the end of the first semester there will be a 50 board practical exam. At the end of the second semester there will be a 50 board practical exam and a 100 question written theory exam.

Students who obtain a final weighted mark of 70% or higher will receive a certificate for successfully completing and passing the class.

Students will receive grade manuals and reference material on the first day of class.

Students will need a tape measure, clear ruler, clipboard and a calculator.

Grading Class Member Price Non-Member Price Challenge/Admin
Coast Species Lumber Grading $990.00 $1,280.00 $500.00

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