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A Guide to Wood Preservation

COURSE NO: S03-023
A Guide to Wood Preservation
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course will establish, through the course document, the different methods of wood preservation and the benefits and requirements of each treatment type.


Many commonly used wood species can deteriorate if they are exposed to conditions that support growth of wood-degrading organisms. Wood products can be protected from the attack of decay fungi, harmful insects, or marine borers by applying chemical preservatives. Preservative treatments greatly increase the life of wood structures, which consequently reduce replacement costs and allow more efficient use of forest resources. Some preservatives are more effective than others, and some are more adaptable to certain use requirements.


This 3 PDH online course is applicable to structural, civil, materials, and construction engineers as well as other whose job description may require a comprehensive knowledge of wood as an engineering material.
Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Familiarizing with wood preservatives
  • Learning about wood treatments
  • Understanding preservative effectiveness
  • Knowing the different methods of preservatives’ application
  • Understanding preservatives effects on the environment
  • Learning about recycling and disposal of treated wood
Course Document
In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the course document titled, "A Guide to Wood Preservation" which is based on Chapter 15 of the USDA document “Wood Handbook – Wood as an Engineering Material”, reference FPL - GTR- 190.
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Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of fifteen (15) questions to earn 3 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on the entire document.
The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of the quiz, print your Certificate of Completion instantly. (Note: if you are paying by check or money order, you will be able to print it after we receive your payment.) For your convenience, we will also email it to you. Please note that you can log in to your account at any time to access and print your Certificate of Completion.

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