Wood Basics

It turned me from a freshman to a professional lumber trader within one week. - George Deng, Olympic Industries

Upcoming 2018 Wood Basics Courses Locations and Dates

Dates for Summer and Fall 2018 Courses available now! Check back soon for registration officially opening.

Summer 2018 Wood Basics - Virginia Tech University

Blacksburg, VA 

May 21 - 25, 2018

Fall 2018 Wood Basics - Oregon State University

Corvallis, OR

September 10 - 14, 2018

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 be industry experts and cover all the topics relevant to success, such as:

  • Sales Training
  • Product Segmentation
  • Price & Cost Trends
  • Logistics & Transportation
  • Forest Management & Operations


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 & the College of Forest Resource at Mississippi State University provide many of the facilities, while its professors also act as instructors.

NAWLA Wood Basics

NAWLA Forest Walk

NAWLA Mill Tour

NAWLA Mill Tour