Grading systems


The features of several grading systems such as FAS (Firsts and Seconds) and various forms of SEL (Select) and Common, which are used to buy and sell lumber worldwide.

Alternative labels

categorisation systems
grading system
assessment systems
evaluation systems

Skill type


Skill reusability level


Relationships with occupations

Essential knowledge

Grading systems is an essential knowledge of the following occupations:

Lumber grader: Lumber graders inspect lumber, or wood cut into planks. They test the lumber, look for irregularities and grade the wood based on quality and desirability of the pattern.

Optional knowledge

Grading systems is optional for these occupations. This means knowing this knowledge may be an asset for career advancement if you are in one of these occupations.

Product grader: Product graders perform preventive and operational quality control on products and rescources. They inspect, grade and evaluate the materials at various stages to make sure it conforms to the desired standard, and send the product back for repair or improvement if necessary. They work in companies and industrial facilities to ensure the produced commodities achieve quality standards.




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Last updated on September 20, 2022

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