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training and assessmentThe following courses are available in both non-accredited and accredited formats. Non-accredited versions of the course are tailored to the training needs of the client, and participants receive a ‘statement of completion’. Accredited versions are aligned to the relevant unit of competency, and participants who successfully complete all requirements receive a nationally recognised ‘statement of attainment’.

round_logo_110wThese courses are run in conjunction with the Timber Trade Industrial Association. All enquiries should be directed to the TTIA Training Unit on (02)9264 0011.

Timber product knowledge

For timber workers, sales staff and other personnel who need a good understanding of wood technology, the characteristics of different species and the features of particular timber products.

Duration: 1 day

Topics covered:

  • How trees grow, and how timber characteristics are formed
  • Structure of hardwood and softwood
  • Natural durability, life expectancy and treatment methods
  • Density, strength and structural timber
  • Organisms that destroy wood, including fungi, borers and termites
  • Seasoning, including shrinkage, movement and changes in properties
  • Different timber products and their features and benefits

Certification:

  • Participants who complete the non-accredited course will receive a statement of completion in ‘Timber product knowledge’.
  • Participants who completed the accredited version of the course will undertake a formal assessment of competency, comprising knowledge questions, practical demonstration and a post-course workplace assignment. On successful completion, participants will receive a statement of attainment in the unit: FWPCOT3247 Select timber for forestry operations.

Group size:

  • Minimum number for on-site delivery of course – 6 participants.
  • Multiple clients may work together to combine their participants and choose a central location for the delivery of the course.

Introduction to timber grading

For timber workers, sales staff and other personnel who need to understand the fundamentals of timber grading and quality control of timber products.

Duration: 1 day

Topics covered:

  • Wood properties and characteristics
  • Timber grading principles
  • Overview of AS 2858 – Softwood visual stress grading (F grading)
  • Overview of AS 2082 – Hardwood visual stress grading (F grading)
  • Overview of AS 2796 – Hardwood sawn and milled products grading (with particular reference to hardwood T&G flooring and decking)
  • Overview of AS/NZS 1748 – Solid structural timber grading (with particular reference to MGP graded radiata and other pine species)

Certification:

  • Participants who complete the non-accredited course will receive a statement of completion in ‘Introduction to timber grading’.
  • Participants who wish to complete an accredited grading course in one or more of the following competencies may enrol in the full course with advanced standing. The additional training will take one extra day per competency, which will include a formal knowledge test and practical grading test.
  • FWPCOT2216 – Visually stress grade softwood (to AS 2858)
  • FWPCOT2215 – Visually stress grade hardwood (to AS 2082)
  • FWPCOT2212 – Grade hardwood sawn and milled products (grading hardwood T&G flooring and decking to AS 2796)

Group size:

  • Minimum number for on-site delivery of course – 6 participants.
  • Multiple clients may work together to combine their participants and choose a central location for the delivery of the course.

Workplace communication and teams

For timber industry personnel who need to communicate with other workers and company staff on-site, and/or work as part of a team.

Duration: 1 day

Topics covered:

  • Speaking and listening skills
  • Giving and receiving instructions
  • Completing forms and other basic documents
  • Signs and hand signals
  • Working cooperatively with others

Certification:

  • Participants who complete the non-accredited course will receive a statement of completion in ‘Workplace communication and teams’.
  • Participants who completed the accredited version of the course will undertake a formal assessment of competency, comprising knowledge questions and a workplace assignment.
  • On successful completion, participants will receive a statement of attainment in the unit: FWPCOR2202 Communicate and interact effectively in the workplace.

Group size:

  • Minimum number for on-site delivery of course – 6 participants.
  • Multiple clients may work together to combine their participants and choose a central location for the delivery of the course.

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