Gain a comprehensive understanding of how ‘timber in construction’ has evolved into different contemporary building typologies. You’ll develop new knowledge about how these typologies utilise modern methods of construction to help deliver a more sustainable built environment.  

Explore how continued innovation of mechanical and computational technologies has accelerated the development of engineered timber products. These products give rise to new and varied timber construction typologies.

By the end of the course you’ll understand the opportunities and constraints of a wide selection of timber building typologies. You’ll also have the knowledge needed to specify construction methods for different contexts. 

Be confident in the quality and relevance of your learning – all of NMITE’s timber courses are endorsed by CIOB (Chartered Institute of Building), CIAT (Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists) and TDUK (Timber Development UK).

Transforming the construction sector

Courses are designed (and delivered, where in-person learning is included) at our NMITE Centre for Advanced Timber Technology (CATT). The centre is transforming the construction sector through world-class education, research and industry collaboration. CATT will play a crucial role in positioning the UK as a leader in sustainable construction, aligning with the climate emergency and UN Sustainable Development Goals, fostering expertise in modern methods of construction, and ensuring access to renewable resources.

NMITE Centre for Advanced Timber Technology
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Part-time online course

Live online sessions and a virtual learning environment

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Industry-relevant learning

The course is endorsed by CIOB, CIAT, and TDUK

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Real-world case studies

Work on real problems from real employers

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Taught by leading professionals

Combined academic and industry experience

Who's this course for?

The course is aimed at construction professionals seeking an understanding of modern methods of construction and how timber is being used in related contexts. It’s been designed to inform students about the subject in a gradual way and requires no specialist knowledge or skills. 

Timber TED 1 student

What you'll learn

  • Confidently specify timber construction typologies within different contexts. This knowledge is especially important for professionals in architecture and structural engineering roles 
  • Gain a detailed understanding of modern methods of construction and the ability to determine the structural characteristics of contemporary engineered timber products and how they are applied 
  • Develop knowledge of sustainable construction practices and identify key problem areas within buildings that need to be addressed during design and construction phases 
  • Learn about safe working practices when constructing with timber. This knowledge is vital for all professionals within the construction sector looking to build with timber 

Course details

This course is delivered at level 4, which is equivalent to the first year of a degree. It equates to 60 degree-level credits and can contribute to the CPD credits required by several industry organisations.


Explain the common sustainable construction practices that are implemented in modern timber building design. Develop the knowledge you need to: 

  • describe timber construction practices as individual elements and as a holistic process 
  • identify timber construction typologies 
  • analyse case studies of timber buildings to evaluate their performance 

Duration, delivery dates and study modes

  • This course runs part-time across three weeks via online channels including live workshops as well as content in a rich virtual learning environment. 
  • Course dates: 29 July – 16 August 2024 (you’ll receive access to the virtual learning environment and course tutor contact information on day one). 
  • The course comprises of approximately eight hours of supported and independent work each week. This includes: 
    • three live online sessions: Wednesday afternoons (2-4pm) – two hours each 
    • independent work via the virtual learning environment 
    • access to course tutors for learning support between sessions 

Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements. However, the course is most suitable for construction professionals.  

Assessment and feedback

The course is assessed through regular knowledge checks in the virtual learning environment and participation in the live sessions. Feedback is immediate through the virtual learning environment. 


  • £500 per learner; £300 for partner organisations
  • Or register for the Timber TED 2 bundle, including three courses, for £1,200


Award-winning Timber TED bundles

Check out our Timber TED bundles, credited with the Accelerate to Zero Green Skills Award 2023. Endorsed by CIOB (Chartered Institute of Building), CIAT (Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists) and TDUK (Timber Development UK), each course has been designed to provide you with comprehensive and flexible training to upskill and reskill for modern methods of timber construction.


Register your interest today

Ready to apply or make an enquiry about a Timber TED course or bundle? Simply register your interest today.

Related courses

Make the most of our Timber TED 2 bundle discount by purchasing all three TED 2 courses for £1,200. Develop your skills on our award-winning TED 2 training programme and gain valuable credits for your CPD.

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Course background

This course has been designed as part of the award-winning Timber Technology, Engineering and Design 2 short course, which is now offered as a set of standalone smaller courses specifically to meet the needs of industry. The online content has been reimagined to provide the learner with a better experience and the ability to manage the time dedicated to the course more effectively and efficiently.

The course supports the CIOB corporate plan 2023-28 to ‘equip CIOB members (individual and company) with the knowledge and skills to manage and deliver the construction process in environmentally sustainable ways’ and ‘to contribute tangibly to reducing the industry skills shortage across priority skills’. The course also perfectly sits within the Government’s Timber in Construction Roadmap.

Register your interest

If you're ready to register your interest in a Timber TED course or bundle, or to ask a question, simply complete the short form below. You'll receive an application form shortly and a member of our team will answer any queries you have.