Wood Basics

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

Registration Now Open for Fall 2018 Wood Basics Course

Fall 2018 Wood Basics - Oregon State University - SOLD OUT

Corvallis, OR

September 10 - 14, 2018

Fall 2018 Waiting List - Contact Mandy Wong if you wish to be placed on a waiting list should there be any cancellations for the Fall 2018 course.

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:

  • 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 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.

NAWLA Wood Basics

NAWLA Forest Walk

NAWLA Mill Tour

NAWLA Mill Tour