News from TFT Woodexperts
New Look Level 6 Diploma
Following the announcement of the Timber Trade Federation training initiative at Timber Expo in Birmingham last month, and the presentation of their Certificates for the Level 4 Wood Science and Timber Technology Exams to the successful 2018 students by Dave Hopkins of the TTF, training provider TFT Woodexperts Ltd gave details of an update on an addition to their range of Qualifications for 2019.
Commercial Manager Jan Antonovics outlined the “New look” Level 6 Diploma in Advanced Wood Science, which is accredited by Proskills Global Ltd.
“Similar to the Level 4 Certificate our delegates are already familiar with, it comprises 4 tutorials plus revision day and Exam, and can be held at our Ripon offices, customers’ premises, or at our other dedicated venues in the South West, Lincolnshire or Central London” she said.
Jan explained “Requiring a minimum 3 students for the course to run, maximum of 6, the cost per student, 2019 rate, is £3000.00 + VAT, which includes Examination, Certificate, course notes, tutor’s travel and expenses, and external marking by examiners taken from the UK’s academic community, which is essential due to the level of complexity and detail required”
“As with Level 4, Delegates will study with a tutor, covering Advanced Wood Science, wood anatomy, hardwood species identification, strength properties and loading characteristics, understanding preservatives and treatment chemicals, and properties of wood in reaction to fire, a current topic of great concern to our industry” she commented.
“Students must demonstrate an understanding of all the subject matter, but following a particular interest in one or more of the 5 subjects will also be encouraged, as this is what the Trade is asking for, and further details on this aspect can be discussed with the individual students coming on the Course.”
It is anticipated that the course will take between 12 and 18 months to complete. “...an important component is the requirement for approximately 6 hours per week, over 12 months, of private study,” Jan pointed out “in addition to attendance at the tutorials, due to the in- depth knowledge required to pass an Exam at this level” Qualifications at this level are accepted by the IOM3 to be eligible for membership at “Associate” level (AIMMM), which is equivalent to a “Masters” and the Course is accredited to Level 6 by Proskills Global Ltd.
The Level 6 Diploma in Advanced Wood Science is designed to be a higher level qualification for the individual concerned, intended to lead to their development and knowledge as a Wood Scientist, it is unique to TFT Woodexperts and is the only qualification at this level available outside of mainstream education providers. As such, timber businesses may find it useful to have a Masters level-qualified member of staff on their team.
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