New location for TRADA Technology’s grading courses
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Timber grading courses
For the rest of 2012, the timber grading courses from TRADA Technology will take place in a new location.
With refurbishments being made to further improve the current facilities at the local Horse Trust centre, TRADA Technology has announced that the September and November courses will be held at Alsford Timber in Erith, Kent.
These practical courses in visual strength grading help to provide the necessary skills and understanding for grading softwood and hardwood to the required standards.
Anyone who attends the timber grading course will be able to grade and assess their own stock; check and confirm that the graded timber they have purchased meets the contract; re-grade machined timber; and provide their clients with better knowledge and understanding.
TRADA Technology consultant, Phil O’Leary, who runs the courses, said: “People who take the TRADA Technology grading courses will improve their grading skills and knowledge. Being able to interpret the rules correctly means that you reduce the risk of sending out stock that is non-compliant.”
The five-day courses are a mixture of theory and practice and culminate in a formal certification examination.
“The actual exam that people sit is independent of the training and marked by our sister company, BM TRADA Certification. It is an excellent reflection of the knowledge that people have gained as a result of the course.” said Phil.
“The fact that we have a 95% pass rate shows the depth of knowledge we are able to impart on these courses.”
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