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Truss Rafter Design Training - all at your fingertips

Working closely with Edinburgh Napier University, the Trussed Rafter Association can now offer a brand new on-line training facility to the industry. The training course covers a basic introduction to trussed rafter design, ranging from fundamental vocabulary through to the knowledge and skills required. And it’s all available at the click of your mouse! With on-line learning, you decide when you want to study. Whether it is three o’clock in the morning or Saturday afternoon. You can go on-line and access the materials whenever you want. You can learn at your own pace and the material is there for you to revisit time and time again. And as you progress through your course, all learning materials from previous sections are still accessible. 

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Training information available here.


Trussed Rafters for Design Technicians - your questions answered.
Who is course aimed at?
Those who are currently employed as trussed rafter designers, those who are training to be trussed rafter designers or anyone who has an interest in trussed rafters. The Essentials element of the course is also suitable for new entrants to the industry and so is offered as a stand alone training module.
Preferential rates are available to TRA Member companies.
What does the course cover?
The Essentials element of the course will introduce learners to the following subject areas:
1.    Industry Terminology
2.    Roof and Truss Shapes
3.    Reading Drawings
4.    Trussed Rafters as a Structural Form
5.    Creation of Roofscapes
6.    Summary and Applications
The Advanced element of the course then progresses learners into the following areas:
7.    Basic Structural Mechanics
8.    Basic Structural Analysis
9.    More about Drawings and Engineering Design
The content of each new section is released after successful completion of a short test at the end of the previous section. The number of attempts is unlimited and a passing grade of 70% is required.
Does the course aim at a particular educational level?
Yes. The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) Level 8. This is similar to a post A Level/ HNC level. The Essentials element alone would be level 7.
How many learning hours will be involved and over what timescale?
The Essentials and Advanced course elements together provide around 40 hours of on-line learning. Candidates are encouraged to progress at their own pace and will automatically get access to the on-line materials for 6 months. .
Are there any pre-requisites that are needed for the course?
None, other than access to a computer and the Internet.
Are any other materials required?
None - everything is included in the on-line course. However, it would be an advantage to also have access to relevant design standards and truss design software.
Is there any support available through the course?
The course is intended to be a 'stand alone' on-line course. However, an in-company mentor with experience in trussed rafter design or timber engineering is also recommended.
Does the course involve any tests?
There is a short test at the end of each section. Also there is an on-line examination of 30 questions to achieve a grade certificate.
What qualification does the course deliver?
A TRA/Napier grade certificate will be issued based on the final on-line exam.
Is there an access capability for disabled learners?
Generally yes there is. However, due to the subject matter, not all the material is suitable for screen readers.
How is the course accessed?
This course is delivered using Edinburgh Napier University’s Virtual Learning Environment. Access to the course is through a user ID and password, which you will receive once you have purchased the course.
How do I get started?
If you would like to sign up for this on-line course, please contact us via email or call 020 3205 0032


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