Our five tiers

The Mass Timber Academy’s Continuing Professional Education (CPE) programme has five tiers.

Which Membership Tier are you?

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STUDENTS & EARLY CAREER PROFESSIONALS
 

Architecture and engineering undergraduate and postgraduate students & Early Career Professionals (up to three years since graduating from University)

Tiers One and Two in the Mass Timber Academy lifelong learning programme constitute the basis of your organisation’s future specifier market. Current architecture and structural engineering courses in the UK and Ireland offer little, if anything, within their existing curricula on mass timber products and systems and provide few opportunities for companies such as your own to augment their students’ technical knowledge. The Mass Timber Academy has been created to fill this educational vacuum, providing independent, objective information and guidance to individuals on all aspects of solid laminate timber manufacture, design and construction and preparing them for a future career focused on timber architecture, engineering and construction.

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SMEs
 

Micro, small & medium enterprises: practices & consultancies with up to 10, 11-20 or 21-30 members of staff

Tier Three’s objective is to increase knowledge and experience of mass timber use within the vast number of existing organisations that form the bulk of the architecture and engineering community in the UK and Ireland. A high percentage of these businesses are classified as either micro (up to ten professionally qualified staff members) small (up to 20) or medium (up to 30) in size and whose principle knowledge and experience is in every form of construction except timber. 

It also recognises that professional staff nowadays change jobs, on average, every 4-5 years and that companies in this group may gain or lose in-house expertise accordingly. The need to increase mass timber knowledge and expertise in this large group on an ongoing basis is thus paramount if the volume of mass timber used in construction is to be substantially increased over the longer term. The Tier Three programme is designed to provide this audience with a solid foundation of information and knowledge as well as delivering regular updates on developments in mass timber technology.

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TIMBER INTRAPRENEURS
 

Professionals experienced in the use of mass timber systems and trained to disseminate their knowledge within their practices & consultancies

Tier Four represents the Mass Timber Academy’s recognition of the significant lack of knowledge about mass timber products and systems that exists within many architectural and engineering businesses and that there is often only one or two people in the company with any experience in the use of these materials. The Timber Intrapreneur programme is unique to the Mass Timber Academy and has the advancement of mass timber design as its core objective. The programme aims is to train an industry-wide cadre of experienced professionals to disseminate their knowledge and expertise in mass timber design and construction to colleagues throughout their organisations. Again, capacity building is central to this endeavour and, for the individuals involved, provides an additional level of professional accreditation.

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TIMBER INNOVATORS

Tier Five responds to the fact that investment in construction innovation in the UK continues to achieve historic lows and that there is therefore no better time and opportunity for the mass timber sector to take advantage by supporting a structured educational programme that aims to train design professionals to lead a continuous cycle of timber product and system innovation. The creation of a cohort of Timber Innovators able to connect their architectural and engineering skills with the mass timber manufacturing sector is intended to bring a new and continuing dynamic to the industry.

 

The Timber Innovator programme builds upon the knowledge and experience gained in Tier Four to provide invaluable additional resources to the country’s largest architectural practices and engineering consultancies, creating a specialist skill-base that can form the basis for new, high-performance groups or divisions within these companies.  

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“THE MASS TIMBER ACADEMY HAS PROVIDED GREAT OPPORTUNITY AND ENCOURAGEMENT IN NETWORKING AND ADVANCING MY CAREER IN SUSTAINABLE ARCHITECTURE."

KIRSTY WATT / PART 2 GRADUATE, EARLY CAREER PROFESSIONAL MEMBER