16 December 2020

Learn with TRADA Live 2021 – free for all TRADA members

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TRADA has launched a new online learning programme, with sessions to take place on a monthly basis for the entirety of 2021.


The series will explore the biggest topics affecting the timber industry today and consolidate them into helpful bite-sized sessions, designed to fit perfectly into your lunch break: each session will take an estimated 60 minutes and run 12:00–13:00 GMT. The first collection focusing on both timber and fire will conclude in May, and will be followed by a full itinerary of specialist timber topics for the latter half of the year. 


These sessions are free to all TRADA members – including the students of all university members. However, non-members can also participate at just £30 + VAT a session. Not sure if you’re a member? Call 01494 569603 or email Kathryn Macneil, our membership administrator, on membership@trada.co.uk.


Online training programme



Thursday 14 January


How to correctly demonstrate and specify the performance of timber fire resistant doorsets with Peter Barker, Technical Manager, Warringtonfire.

Tuesday 9 February


UKCA Marking: what will it mean for the timber industry? with Hugh Mansfield-Williams, Technical Manager, BM TRADA. Book your space now

Tuesday 2 March


How to correctly demonstrate and specify the reaction to fire performance of timber cladding systems with Janet Murrell, Technical Manager, & Mostafa Jafarian, Principal Certification Engineer, Facades and Structures, Warringtonfire. Register your interest

Tuesday 20 April


How the Fire Safety Bill will impact on everyone in the construction industry with David Harries, Divisional Director, Fire and Building Products Europe, Warringtonfire. Register your interest

Tuesday 11 May


Proving compliance with UK Building Regulations when designing with mass timber with Mostafa Jafarian, Principal Certification Engineer, Facades and Structures, Warringtonfire. Register your interest


Download the full programme


The sessions have been designed for different levels of expertise – introductory, intermediate and advanced levels – and different pockets of the construction industry. When a session is suitable for a particular group of people, this will be highlighted.


The programme will generally be delivered in-house by TRADA’s timber consultants or BM TRADA & Warringtonfire assessors and engineers, but external professionals will also be invited to participate based on their specialisms.


Rupert Scott, TRADA’s membership and marketing manager, said: ‘We have purposefully selected the areas we are focusing on within this online training programme. These are areas which crop up again and again, because professionals and industry members can’t easily find the answers they’re looking for. Our goal with this online programme is to help people connect the dots and support all the members of the timber industry as they establish what a future post-COVID and post-Brexit looks like.’



Next session:

UKCA Marking: what will it mean for the timber industry? Tuesday 9 February 2021

Hugh Mansfield-Williams

Hugh Mansfield-Williams

Technical Manager, BM TRADA


Time: 12:00–13:00

Suitable for: Product and material suppliers, manufacturers and exporters


To some extent, the answer to this question is somewhat dependent upon the outcome of the Brexit negotiations with the EU. However, enough is now known to begin making a plan. Hugh will talk us through these issues focusing on the major materials by volume in the sector: structural graded timber; timber based panels; some common finished products like LVL; and fasteners/connectors. Procedures governing Northern Ireland will also be covered.


Book your space now