Material identification for heritage wood occupations

Tywi Centre



Although timber, as a material, has changed little over the centuries the availability of both home-grown and imported timber, as well as the introduction of engineered timber products, has increased the need for an understanding in the recognition of traditional timbers and their uses.

This course is intended to focus on the candidate being able to identify and describe a range of materials associated with heritage woodwork.

The content of the course will include:

  • identifying and describing a range of timber-based components in heritage work and the science of their origin
  • identifying and describing soft and hard woods including their sources, properties, recognition, differences and uses
  • recognising quality and versatility- selecting and quantifying the required resources
  • identifying and describing ironmongery
  • identifying and describing traditional adhesives and finishes


2 days

Who should attend?

This course is suitable for candidates who have completed NVQ2 or 3 in wood occupation or have equivalent experience of working within the carpentry trade.

CITB Training standards and grants

This course is a CITB training standard. CITB registered companies may be eligible to apply for funding from CITB to cover the cost of this course and to receive a short course grant. For full details of available grants and funding please visit or speak with your CITB local adviser.

CITB GET code and grant tier

GET2095 - grant tier 2

Material identification for heritage wood occupations

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