National Hardwood Lumber Association Inspection School
Clarion University is the only university in the country to offer college credit for the National Hardwood Lumber Association Training School program, awarding credits toward an associate's degree through the university's Department of Applied Technology. Students who wish to earn Clarion University's Associate of Applied Science in Industrial Technology degree will be able to transfer as many as 22 credits toward the 60 credits required for the associate's degree by successfully completing the NHLA Lumber Inspection Training School curriculum. The balance of the coursework consists of general education and business courses that can be completed Venango College in Oil City, Pa., and/or online.
The National Hardwood Lumber Association (NHLA) is a nonprofit trade association composed of more than 1600 member companies that produce, sell and use hardwood lumber, or provide services to the hardwood industry. The association was founded in 1898 to establish a uniform system of grading rules for the measurement and inspection of hardwood lumber. The association still functions as the administrator and keeper of these rules.
In 1948, the association established a vocational training school in Memphis to teach the rules and application of the NHLA grading system, and help fill an increasing demand for skilled lumber inspectors. Summer 2008 marked the first year that the inspection school took place at the Venango Technology Center in Oil City, Pa.
The inspection school is the only one of its kind in the world and students from across the globe have attended. As a testimony to the value of the inspection school, many graduates are now in ownership or management positions in the industry and are sending their employees to complete the course.