International Timber Academy


Wood product education

A comprehensive Diploma course in Nordic Wood Industries for professionals around the world.


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International Timber Academy – education, updating and networking

International Timber Academy is a comprehensive Diploma course in Nordic Wood Industries arranged in association with LAB University of Applied Sciences and Finnish Sawmillmens Association.

This six module course starts with lectures, exercises and tests conducted remotely over the internet. Finally in the last module the students will be seeing forest operation sites, sawmills and other related industries, glulam factories etc. in Finland.

Students are expected to have a minimum 2nd level qualification and some year’s work experience from wood product related industries. Each module is 3 ECTS points. This is an excellent opportunity to update knowledge on wood industry and also to network with future decision makers.

Next ITA course is planned for Spring 2023.

This course gives a comprehensive package of boreal wood industries to people with some years’ experience from the Business.


Provisional enrolment will start 21st September 2022.

Cost per students for the 6 module course is € 2.500. The fee includes course material and mill visits, accommodation, meals etc in Finland. Participants just need to make their way to Finland from their home locations.

I am glad that I have joined ita2020 as I have got a lot of information regarding timber field. Timber after being harvested, moved to sawmill and sawed, all the process has been totally unknown from my side; as I work as sales assistant. Smelling the fresh cut sawn logs was one of my dreams which came true thanks to this course. ITA2020 has changed my point of view about the field; I became more into details now. I know more about the whole process from the beginning till the end.

- Amira Afifi

Assistant Manager, El Tobgi & Co.

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Six module course

The course consists of six modules starting from the basic forestry issues and culminating to a whole week in Finland.


Global forests, Boreal forests, Forestry, Certifications, Wood raw material science, Wood based products


Basic principles of Nordic sawmilling, Nordic grading of timber, Wood based products and end uses


Various panel products, their characteristics and end uses, production

Global trade

Global wood products trade, Trade flows, Logistics and documentation


Wood in architecture, Applications and possibilities


Mill visits, Forest operations, Lectures

It has been a pleasure and a great chance for me to join this course as I’m in the Timber field and I wanted to know a lot about from harvesting till loading on vessels.

The ITA course gave me that chance to get more and more involved in the timber business, also it gave me the chance to meet very interesting people.

- Marwa Afifi

Administration Executive and Import Coordinator, El Tobgi & Co.

I was privileged to expand my knowledge of the Finnish timber industry, production technology, forestry and the global timber markets. During the 5th module, the practical stay in Finland, I made important contacts with branch colleagues that I still maintain today in my private and business life. 

- Henning Reck

Sales of Nordic timber products , Jacob Jürgensen Wood GmbH, Hamburg, Germany

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