A unique, two-week intensive lumber grading short course will be offered in Ontario next month. Block 1 of the National Hardwood Lumber Association training usually requires two weeks of hands-on study at the NHLA Inspector Training School in Memphis, Tenn. This year, in cooperation with the Canadian Hardwood Bureau, this block of hands-on training will be offered at Canadore College in North Bay, Ont.

Canadian companies are encouraged to take advantage of this special chance to train in Canada. The two-week hardwood lumber grading short course will take place Aug. 14-25, with the generous assistance of Quality Hardwoods in nearby Powassan. Ont.

The cost of the course is $1850 for Canadian Hardwood Bureau or NHLA members. The registration rate for non-members of NHLA or CHB is $2,225 plus applicable taxes. This includes the training and course materials. Travel, meals and accommodation are not included in these fees and are the responsibility of the students.

Participants can stay in residence at Canadore College at a reasonable rate. Please contact the residence booking service directly at 705-980-1301 ext. 0 for more information. There are also numerous hotels/motels in the area.

In an attempt to further its educational outreach and accommodate the needs of all students, the NHLA created the “Online/Progressive Program” for those training to become lumber graders. This program is divided into 3 blocks. Block 1 will be offered in Ontario this summer. Block 2 of the Online/Progressive Program allows for up to 12 months of online study for memorization, study and testing of required material. Block 3 requires an additional three weeks of classroom study and board runs back at NHLA headquarters. Students who successfully fulfill all program requirements will receive a certificate of completion.

NHLA encourages all participants to sharpen their mathematical skills prior to the course, as proficiency in these skills will be necessary for daily class activities.

For more information, contact Richard Lipman, 613-567-5511, or info@canadianhardwoodbureau.com.