National Hardwood Lumber Assn. partners with Purdue University, Indiana Hardwood Lumbermen's Assn., to offer 10-week inspector training school summer program

MEMPHIS, Tennessee , February 29, 2012 (press release) – The National Hardwood Lumber Association in collaboration with Purdue University and the Indiana Hardwood Lumbermen’s Association will offer the NHLA Inspector Training School summer program at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.

The 10-week condensed version of the 14-week course held twice per year in Memphis will be on the road this summer for the fifth consecutive year. Students gain a thorough knowledge of the NHLA Rules for the Measurement and Inspection of Hardwood Lumber, while acquiring the confidence and information needed to be successful when determining the value of lumber in a production setting.

“Hardwood Lumber Inspectors are valuable assets to their employer as they determine the value of each piece of lumber. They are the company’s accountant,” states Chris Churchill, Director of Education. “Due to the reputation of the NHLA Inspection School, graduates are often in demand as many companies require their inspectors to be NHLA graduates.”

The NHLA Inspector Training School has a proud and rich sixty-four year history; graduating more than 7,100 students since its conception. This unique program has earned worldwide respect, consequently attracting students from throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Africa, South America and Asia. Leading the summer course is veteran NHLA Instructor, Rich Hascher. In his 20 years of teaching at the Inspector Training School, Mr. Hascher has personally graduated more than 1,900 lumber inspectors.

Applications are now being accepted for the summer program which begins June 11 and ends August 17. Space is limited, so please apply early. Cost for the program is $2,850 for NHLA members and $3,250 for non-members. IHLA members will receive an additional $100 off and students at Purdue University will receive the NHLA member rate. Apply online at


NHLA will also team up with Purdue University and IHLA to offer a Two-Day Advanced Lumber Grading Course on Walnut: April 18-19. The course will be held at the Southeast Purdue Agriculture Center (SEPAC) in Butlerville, Indiana.

The Instructor for the course is veteran NHLA National Inspector, Benji Richards. The curriculum includes a range of topics imperative to understanding the complex set of rules for grading this species. The topics include but are not limited to 8’ & longer rules, defect grading rules, identifying standard defects, remanufacturing and simulated board runs.

The cost for the course is $250 for NHLA members and $350 for non-NHLA members. The registration cost includes lunch and a certificate of completion.

To enroll online for this course or to view all continuing education courses please visit

To learn more about these programs and all NHLA educational offerings please contact Chris Churchill, Director of Education at c(dot)churchill(at)nhla(dot)com or 901-399-7555.

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