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Timber Frame Design Workbooks

With an objective to drive product innovation and enhance quality, the Structural Timber Association’s latest initiative has been developed in partnership with CITB and Edinburgh Napier University. The Competency Programme for Timber Frame Designers is a training scheme developed to provide validation of the skills and competences of experienced timber frame fabrication designers, together with raising the skill levels of young entrants to the timber frame industry.

The Design Workbooks have been produced as a series of training modules covering Health and Safety, Knowledge and Practical Skills, which can be completed in the workplace or as part of a college based learning programme. The workbooks are aimed at timber frame fabrication designers and include the key responsibilities for specifying timber frame components in accordance with the architects' drawings and the timber frame manufacturing systems. The modules cover topics relevant to building design, to ensure that timber frame fabrication designers are aware of the context of their work. Sections include but are not limited to, drawing office interface and procedures, multi-storey timber frame buildings, engineering, differential movement, fire prevention, risk assessment and management.


Are you eligible to participate in this Scheme?

If you comply with the above criteria, CLICK HERE to complete the REGISTRATION FORM >>


Once you have completed the registration form, you will be able to access the Timber Frame Design Workbooks via the members area - click here to login.

Once logged in, you will be able to download the three Workbooks and complete the require activities:

  • Design Health and Safety Workbook (PDF)
  • Design Knowledge Workbook (PDF)
  • Design Practical Skills Workbook (PDF) - You will need to complete the Online Test for this module which can be accessed via your member dashboard! This will only take approx. 30 minutes.


Once you have completed the three Workbooks and the one online test, login to your members area and click 'I have completed the Design Workbooks and I would like to download my certificate’.

This request will be granted once your supervisor/manager, confirms you have completed the Workbooks to a satisfactory level.

You will be notified by the system, once your certificate is available to download.

NB: These completed Workbooks must be retained in the event of your company being audited for STA Assure.


For more information or if you are having problems accessing your members area, please contact:

Bob Davis
Membership Manager
Direct: 07889 702559


Andrew Orriss
STA Assure Director
Direct: 07395 282185