What is the NHLA Inspector Training School?

The NHLA Inspector Training School was founded in 1948 to fill an increasing demand for skilled hardwood lumber inspectors. The ITS program teaches the rules and application of the NHLA hardwood lumber grading system and prepares students for a career in the hardwood lumber industry. Since its founding, the School has graduated more than 7,100 students from around the world.

Scholarships are now available!!

The Inspector Training School Educational Foundation (ITSEF) is proud to introduce the Inspector Training School Education Scholarship. The Inspector Training School Education Scholarship provides financial support for individuals looking to enhance their careers in the hardwood industry. The Scholarship is offered to students interested in the  traditional 12-week Inspector Training School Course in Memphis, Tennessee. ITSEF is now accepting scholarship applications for the Spring 2016 class. For more information and to apply please click HERE!

Click to view the current course catalog.

Dates for 2015 are as follows:

The fall program graduation will be held on Thursday November 19, 2015.

Dates for 2016 are as follows:

The SPRING program at NHLA Headquarters in Memphis, Tenn. will begin January 6, 2016.

The FALL program at NHLA Headquarters in Memphis, Tenn. will begin August 31, 2016.

For more information or to download an application for the 2016 Inspector Training School classes click here

INTRODUCING: The Progressive Inspector Training School Program

In an attempt to further its educational reach, the NHLA Inspector Training School is embracing new technology and offering a distance learning ITS Program. The "Progressive Program" is divided into three blocks. Upon successful completion of one block, a student can then progress to the next study block.

  • Block 1 requires two weeks of hands-on study at the NHLA Inspector Training School in Memphis, Tenn.
  • Block 2 allows for up to 12 months of online study for memorization and study of required material.
  • Block 3 requires an additional three weeks of classroom study and board runs back at NHLA headquarters.

Block 3 of the Progressive Program will begin November 2, 2015.
and the next Block 1 will begin November 30, 2015

Click here for a Progressive Program application

Discover a Future in North American Hardwood!

In as little as 12-weeks you can become a certified lumber inspector through the NHLA Inspector Training School. Click on the image above to see the video, or for more information contact Becky Miller at 901-399-7569 or download an application here