Softwood visual strength grading workshops and examinations

All our training and examinations are run on your site.  We are happy to work in any country.


Softwood visual strength grading workshops and examinations range from 3-5 days.  The exam is taken on the last day.


Our approach is highly practical.


The costs for the softwood training workshops and examinations are:



Time on site

1 grader

£1450 + VAT

3 days

2 graders

£1650 + VAT

3 days

3 graders

£1950 + VAT

3 days

4 graders

£2350 + VAT

4 days

5 graders

£2650 + VAT

5 days


Any additional graders above 5 delegates, with a maximum of 8, will be charged a rate of £150 + VAT per grader and will be included within the 5 days.


CATG is accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service for the examination and certification for all timber strength grading schemes.


Once you become a qualified grader you will need to be assessed every 12 months. CATG will come to your site to complete this assessment.


To become a visual strength grader for please contact our office and we can arrange for you to become qualified.


CATG welcomes all delegates for examination. Ideally, delegates shall have undergone training or work experience where they have:


Visually strength graded timber

Identified timber defects and measured, judged and rated them

Taken moisture readings

Identified species and their origin from the rate of growth


Candidates for examinations will be from:


Training courses being run by training companies

Individuals seeking re-examination

Employees sent by companies seeking re-examination


The required competences for graders are:


Select timber

Identify the species

Take moisture readings

Determine knot plots, sizes and/or types

Grade the timber successfully

Allocate a grade or fail the timber

Stamp the timber correctly

Store the timber safely without loss of quality

Record grading activities

Handle complaints

Complete ACDs, DOCs and DOPs


In summary


Scope of certification


Visual grader of softwoods


Job and task description:


Select and visually grade the timber, use a moisture meter, keep records and stamp timber




Select and handle timbers, grade timber, stamp timber, store grade timbers




Knowledge of timber and knowledge of the industry and end use of the timber products and the customer’s needs


Code of conduct:


Fully meet the requirements of the scheme and relevant standards


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