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Wood Identification for the Infestation Surveyor

Our wood identification course is ideal for delegates who need to learn how to identify the most common structural timbers found within domestic buildings. Using a variety of identification methods, our wood identification course will help you develop the necessary practical skills to recognise different types of softwood and hardwood visually, physically and through microscopic analysis. 

This intensive one day course is open to both PCA members and non-members alike. It can be taken as a single course or in conjunction with our other timber decay and woodworm courses. To find out more, call us on 01480 400 000 or contact us online to discuss any questions you may have about our wood identification course.  

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Who is the wood identification training course for?

This course is ideal for surveyors, technician, tradesmen and anyone associated with the evaluation of buildings. Delegates should have prior background knowledge and experience of working in this area.


How is the wood identification training course structured?

Our wood identification course is run over one day and incorporates classroom based learning backed up by the use of timber samples to help delegates put their new knowledge into practical application.

Topics covered will include:

  • Introduction to trees, wood and its structure – softwoods and hardwoods
  • Different approaches to identifying woods e.g. history, colour, smell, shipping marks (leaves, flowers, seeds are the only certain way)
  • The tools available – cutting tools e.g chisel, microtome, razor blades
  • Preparation of specimens – sampling and pitfalls (e.g misaligned cutting, paint, glue, dirt, corrosion and rot)
  • Use of the hand lens
  • Use of the microscope, from low power to high power, improving contrast by staining
  • The features of hardwoods and softwoods – a 3-D view with the scanning electron microscope
  • Identifying common hardwoods by recognising key features
  • Softwoods – features to be observed

Benefits of the wood identification course

  • Have the confidence to correctly identify both hardwoods and softwood to arrive at correct diagnosis for your clients
  • Combine classroom learning with hands-on practical sessions
  • You will be able to display your certificate of attendance and understanding to future employers and clients to demonstrate your knowledge
  • Your training will be delivered by representatives from the governing trade body – meaning you will benefit from the best training available in the industry

Contact us about our wood identification course

The skills gained as part of this course are vital for timber surveyors to perform their duties to the highest possible standard. 

To make sure your knowledge and understanding of the various types of timber and how to identify them are at the required standard contact us today on 01480 400 000 or complete our online enquiry form below. Alternatively, to book your place on the course, simply by clicking the 'Book Now' button.

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