Develop new expertise to make confident decisions about designing and building with different timber materials on this short online course. Plus, make important contributions to sustainable practices to help the UK achieve its net zero targets. 

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?

If you’re working in the construction industry, wanting to take your career to new heights, and wanting to make a difference to the sustainability of our planet through understanding timber materials in the built environment, then this course is for you. 

You could be a student, architect, architectural technologist, engineer, salesperson, designer, apprentice, carpenter or another built environment tradesperson. It doesn’t matter, as long as you want to deepen your understanding of timber and the built environment.

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What you'll learn

  • Explore wood, in all its shapes and forms, relevant to the modern construction environment. Analyse different wood features and their unique attributes
  • Get to grips with mechanical properties and classification systems – learn about grading, moisture content, and how timber can support structures in unique ways
  • Understand how environmental factors such as water, fire, insects, fungi and time impact timber, building your skills to develop preventive measures
  • Learn about engineered wood products, detailing their manufacturing processes and applications in construction 
  • Make the most of live webinars and activities, a rich online content hub and plenty of tutor support

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.


  • Wood key features, components, and introduction to wood species
  • Mechanical properties and grading
  • Role of moisture and drying processes, fire behaviour and time effects
  • Decay of wood, concepts of durability
  • Treatments, preservatives, modifications, and durability by design
  • Engineered wood products and their characteristics.

Duration, delivery dates and study modes

  • This course runs part-time across three weeks via online channels including live sessions as well as content in a rich virtual learning environment.
  • Course dates: 6 May – 24 May 2024 (you’ll receive access to the virtual learning environment and course tutor contact information on day one).
  • The course comprises of approximately seven hours of supported and independent work each week. This includes:
    • three live online sessions: Wednesday afternoons (2-4pm) - two hours each
    • five hours of independent study 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 those with related professional experience or those undertaking some kind of built environment training or study. 

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 1 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.

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Register your interest today

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

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Make the most of our Timber TED 1 bundle discount by purchasing all three TED 1 courses for £1,200. Develop your skills on our award-winning TED 1 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 1 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.