Lumber Grading Short Courses

Founded in 1898 with the purpose of creating a uniform set of grading rules, the National Hardwood Lumber Association seeks to offer several opportunities both domestically and internationally for instruction of the basics of the NHLA grading system. The lumber grading short course plays a vital role in the industry benefitting anyone who has an impact on the buying or selling of hardwood lumber. These courses are perfect for salesmen, purchasing agents, sawyers, edger and trimmer operators, and yard managers.

  • Standard Lumber Grading

    The Standard Lumber Grading Short Course provides an introduction to the NHLA grading system, which is used to buy and sell lumber worldwide. A participant in this course can expect to understand the basic methods for applying the NHLA rules in determining the grade of hardwood lumber.

  • Advanced Lumber Grading

    The Advanced Lumber Grading Short Course provides skilled lumber inspectors with an opportunity to hone their skills or to get clarification on rules that are prevalent in lumber that occupies a market niche. A great example would be the grading of black walnut or the color sorting of hard maple.

  • Bi-Lingual Lumber Grading

    The Bi-Lingual Lumber Grading Short Course provides an opportunity for the non-English speaking individuals to gain basic knowledge about the NHLA grading system. NHLA is able to staff courses in the United States and Canada that can be presented in either French or Spanish.

  • International

    The International Short Courses are an essential part of what is undoubtedly a global industry. These courses are co-sponsored by the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) and are 100% free through AHEC’s efforts to promote North American hardwoods and the NHLA grading system. A participant can expect to understand the basic methods for applying the NHLA rules in determining the grade of hardwood lumber.

For a complete list of current offerings please refer to the NHLA Calendar.