Program Description

The Hardwood Sawmilling Certificate prepares learners for hands-on, in-demand positions within the hardwood lumber industry. This short 4-week certificate will help launch you into a life-long, rewarding career. All classes are taught in person and utilize Northcentral Technical College’s 27,000 square foot state-of-the-art Wood Technology Center of Excellence.

Approximate Program Cost

Tuition & Fees: $964
Books & Supplies: $13

Financial Aid

Not Available
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Graduates will be able to…

  • Scale, grade and value hardwood logs
  • Breakdown logs, edge and trim lumber to maximize profits
  • Identify species for hardwood lumber and logs
  • Inspect hardwood lumber applying NHLA grading rules


Some of the potential careers graduates can pursue are:

  • Trimsaw & Edger Operator
  • Head Sawyer
  • Production Supervisor
  • Quality Control Technician
  • Hardwood Log Grader/Scaler
  • Hardwood Lumber Inspector


The Hardwood Sawmilling Certificate is a 5 Credit program. The following is a typical semester breakdown of the courses within the program.

Intro to Hardwood Grading 1.00
Hardwood Lumber Grading And Merchandising 2.00
Hardwood Sawing, Edging, And Trimming 1.00
Advanced Hardwood Lumber Inspection 1.00
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Additional Information

This program will next run:

June 6 – July 1, 2022

This program will provide training on the following topics:

  • Hardwood lumber inspection
  • Sawing, edging and trimming to maximize profits
  • Hardwood log scaling and grading
  • Species identification for hardwood lumber and logs

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