Short courses for timber workers

We have developed a wood technology course for timber workers called Timber Essentials – available in both on-line and face-to-face formats. The learning materials and assessment tasks for this course are housed on the Building Learning website, which has allowed us to consolidate all of the resources and the student portal in one location.

Below is a summary of the training options available in the Timber Essentials course. For full details on course fees, enrolment procedures, assessment tasks and all other elements of the program, please go to the Building Learning website and follow the links.

Accredited on-line training

Timber Essentials is a ‘micro-credential’ aligned to four trade-level units of competency. Once you have successfully completed all assessment activities, you’ll receive a nationally recognised statement of attainment from Workspace Training for these competencies.

  • Module 1: Workplace safety and environment
    FWPCOR3205 Apply safety health and environmental requirements in forest and wood products operations
  • Module 2: Wood technology
    FWPCOT3349 Assess timber against quality requirements and specifications
  • Module 3: Quality control and product care
    FWPCOT3322 Apply quality and product care procedures in forest and wood products operations
  • Module 4: Timber product knowledge
    FWPCOT3302 Access and provide timber and wood product information

Non-accredited on-line training

The four modules shown above are also available individually as stand-alone non-accredited courses. The learning materials and assessment tasks are the same as for the accredited version – except that there are no formal competencies involved, so you may choose which assignments you’d like to submit for marking and which ones you want to bypass. All participants receive a certificate of completion at the end of the course.

Face-to-face training sessions

The learning component from the Timber Essentials course is also delivered in an intensive one-day face-to-face training session, with a particular emphasis on the wood technology and product knowledge modules.

Sessions are held periodically in regional centres around Australia and marketed locally to timber businesses in the area as they’re proposed.

The accredited version of the course comprises a one-day face-to-face session, plus the full set of workplace assignments to be completed over the following weeks via the student portal in the Building Learning website.

There is an optional second face-to-face day for people enrolled in the accredited course, covering softwood structural grading. This hands-on practical course covers visual F-grading to AS 2858, plus the visual over-rides that apply to MGP-graded material. On successful completion, you will receive the unit of competency: FWPCOT2250 Visually stress grade softwood.

The non-accredited version of the course includes the same one-day face-to-face session, but instead of the requirement to complete all take-home assignments, you will have the option of undertaking any of the assessment tasks that are relevant to your needs, or none at all if you just want to attend the face-to-face training session. All participants receive a certificate of completion.

Please contact us for the latest details on locations and dates, or to make enquiries about booking an in-house group training session at your own workplace. Discounts are available for multiple enrolments from the same organisation.