TFG Events & Workshops

Timber Grading Training Course

Timber Grading Training Course


Timber Grading Training Course, sponsored by the Timber Frame Engineering Council and the Timber Framers Guild. 

Rocky Mountain Joinery Center
1005 S. 120th Street, Lafayette, CO 80026

When: Thursday, October 24, 2019 – Saturday, October 26 (noon), 2019

Cost: $650.00 per person. Enrollment limited to 13-20 people. 

Includes: Two and a half days of instruction and hands-on training plus course materials. Lunch, coffee, light refreshments provided.


Rick Hicks, Western Wood Products Association (WWPA) & Ron Anthony, wood scientist, Anthony & Associates, Fort Collins, CO.



  • Day 1 will focus on an introduction to the science behind the grading rules and how the grading rules impact the performance of timber; it will also examine issues associated with existing structures and with reclaimed or reused timber. 
  • Day 2 will examine the WWPA grading rules as they pertain to structural timber, and apply those rules to full size samples (since grading rules are similar across agencies, skills learned will apply beyond the species graded under WWPA rules). 
  • Day 3 will continue with hands-on training, and will culminate with a written and practical examination. Upon successful completion, the TFEC will issue each participant a certificate documenting 20 professional development hours.

Upon successful completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the effects that defects in a timber have on its strength characteristics
  • Understand the science behind the rules for visual grading
  • Correctly apply industry-standard grading rules to stress-grade a timber
  • Make informed decisions on assigning grade to timbers in existing buildings

"I found this course to be both informative and tremendously empowering. I now understand the lumber industry’s regulatory workings and the concepts behind the grading rules in a new way. This course not only showed me how to better apply and interpret the grading rules, it also freed me from rigidly applying them in situations where some of the rules are of less significance from a structural engineering perspective. Ron Anthony is a great instructor, both entertaining and wise. When teamed up with the trainers from the grading agencies, he really enables the attendees - whether sawyer, framer, architect or engineer - to leverage the grading training they receive to do their jobs better and to provide better value to clients."

- Tom Nehil

Contact or 360-746-6571 for more information about this course.

The TFG has secured a room block at the Hampton Inn and Suites 720.890.2000. You can use room block code 701 to secure a room for $139. Please note, there may be offers or discounts that are cheaper than this block, be sure to ask. 

Event Cancellation Policy: If there are special circumstances such as an emergency health situation then we honor a full refund or apply it toward a future TFG conference or event, which is the preferred method. If it is more than a month before the event 75% refund , 50% between 4 & 2 weeks and no refund within two weeks of the event. 


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