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The National Hardwood Lumber Association (NHLA) in partnership with Purdue University, is bringing two different hardwood lumber training programs to Indiana.

The Intro tolog pile Hardwood Lumber Grading will be held October 28-30, 2019. This is a 3-day course designed to give yardmen, sawyers, edgermen, sales and office staff, and management-level personnel an introduction to hardwood lumber grading.

Date: October 28-30, 2019
Location: John S. Wright Conference Center
1007 N 725 W.
West Lafayette, IN 47906
Time: 8:00 AM — 4:30 PM
For the October course registration and cost view:

The NHLA Inspector Online Training Program (OTP), will be held October 28- November 9, 2019. The OTP program is a hybrid of the traditional 12-week Inspector Training School program. At the completion of this program, the student will hold a certificate in Hardwood Lumber Grading.

Date: October 28-November 9, 2019
John S. Wright Conference Center
1007 N 725 W.
West Lafayette, IN 47906
Standard Class Hours: 8 AM to 4 PM
For the October/November course registration and cost view:

The Online Training Program consists of 3 Modules:
Module 1 – two weeks of hands-on training at Purdue University.
Module 2 – online study. You have up to 1 year to complete this online learning module at the comfort of home or work.
Module 3 – a final three weeks of hands-on training in Memphis, and then graduation.

This is a great opportunity to maximize profits and reduce loss by having a NHLA trained lumber inspector on your company staff AND at a much-reduced expense and time lost in employee work than the traditional 12-week class held in Memphis. The NHLA Inspector Training School has a proud and rich seventy-one-year history; graduating more than 7,500 students since its conception. No other institute has the history and expertise to successfully train your employees. But don’t just take our word for it…hear what a recent NHLA graduate had to say. “The knowledge I have gained through the NHLA has helped our sawmill tremendously. Many people think they know the rules, but they don’t actually know what the book says. Learning the NHLA Rules has helped our sawmill identify mistakes that were costing us $130,000 to $180,000 a year depending on species.” – Grant Dorris, Alumni of ITS Class 188.

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If you have any questions about these programs, please contact Carol McElya at 901-399-7563 or

Other Resources
Designing Hardwood Tree Plantings for Wildlife, The Education Store
Diseases in Hardwood Tree Plantings, The Education Store
Environmental and Management Injury in Hardwood Tree Plantations, The Education Store
Importance of Hardwood Tree Planting, The Education Store
Invasive Species in Hardwood Tree Plantations, The Education Store
Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment, Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment Homepage
Indiana Woodland Steward, IWS Newsletter Homepage

Rado Gazo, Professor of Wood Processing and Industrial Engineering
Department of Forestry and Natural Resources

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