5-Day Lumber Grading Short Course Now Available in Michigan

Lumber grading training course helps businesses gain certified employees.
By: Michigan Works! Northeast Consortium & NHLA
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GAYLORD, Mich. - July 30, 2015 - PRLog -- The lack of certified lumber graders in Michigan has been a major concern for wood product manufacturers, as they cannot find the necessary skilled labor in the current labor pool. To help meet this skills gap, the National Hardwood Lumber Association (NHLA), the Northeast Michigan Council of Governments (NEMCOG), Michigan Works! Northeast Consortium (MWNEMC), the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR), and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) are sponsoring two 5-day lumber grading short courses. The first is in Roscommon, August 31- Sept 4, and the second is in Hillman, September 21-25.

By bringing this training to Michigan, employers will be able to save on the expenses of sending employees to training elsewhere (lodging, meals and travel costs). This training will allow Michigan businesses to expand, remain stable, hire, and sustain workers. All sawmills, lumber yards and loggers in Michigan are welcome to have employees participate in the training, as well as individuals.

Founded in 1898 with the purpose of creating a uniform set of grading rules, the National Hardwood Lumber Association seeks to offer several opportunities both domestically and internationally for instruction of the basics of the NHLA grading system. The lumber grading short course plays a vital role in the industry benefitting anyone who has an impact on the buying or selling of hardwood lumber. These courses are perfect for salesmen, purchasing agents, sawyers, edger and trimmer operators, and yard managers.

Well-trained employees help provide a more carefully manufactured product, a more profitable yield from the log, and a better sense of the value of the lumber being handled. This 5-day workshop will include a thorough study and explanation of the NHLA Rules Book, emphasizing the basics of hardwood lumber inspection. This popular workshop gives yardmen, sawyers, edgermen, sales and office staff, and management level personnel an introduction to lumber inspection. Classes will begin at 8 a.m. and end at 4:30 p.m. EDT. The 5-day lumber grading short course runs $400/per person and includes registration fee, course materials, NHLA Rules Book, lunch and a Certificate of Completion.

As lumber grading is a high-demand occupation in northeast Michigan, some participants may be eligible to have the cost of the course covered. To learn more about financial aid, contact your local Michigan Works! office at 1-800-285-WORK.

For additional information on the course itself, contact Aleece Hodges at 989-705-3733 or email at ahodges@nemcog.org.

To register for the course, please visit http://www.nhla.com/calendar.

Alicia Wallace
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Tags:Training, Lumber, Manufacturing, Michigan
Industry:Education, Manufacturing
Location:Gaylord - Michigan - United States
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