"It turned me from a freshman to a professional lumber trader within one week." - George Deng, Olympic Industries
2019 Locations and Dates
Spring 2019 Wood Basics - Virginia Tech
May 20 - 24, 2019
Fall 2019 Wood Basics - Oregon State University
September 9 - 13, 2019
Wood Basics History
The NAWLA Wood Basics Course was started in 1981 to educate and develop a skilled workforce for the forest products industry. More than 1,500 professionals have graduated from the course since its inception, representing a broad cross section of the industry. Since that time, the curriculum has evolved with the industry, in areas such as technology and global trade. Today, the Wood Basics Course provides companies the best value and option to ensure its employees have the tools and knowledge to help them succeed.
Wood Basics Curriculum
The Wood Basics Course is a four-day immersion class that includes both classroom training and field operations. The curriculum encompasses the entire spectrum of the forest products industry: from seed to tree, from production to sales. Classes are taught by industry experts and cover all the topics relevant to success, such as:
The instructors are recognized experts in their respective fields, including corporate executives and industry consultants. The Department of Wood Science & Engineering, College of Forestry at Oregon State University and the Department of Sustainable Biomaterials, College of Natural Resources and Environment at Virginia Tech. University provide many of the facilities, while their professors also act as instructors.