Welcome to CAWP

The Centre for Advanced Wood Processing (CAWP) is Canada’s national centre for education and training related to wood products processing and advanced wood products manufacturing. CAWP offers a wide range of training courses, professional e-learning programs, in-plant training, product development, and manufacturing improvement services. We also conduct and coordinate applied R&D, and assist industry to employ students in the Wood Products Processing cooperative education program.


What We Do

Product Development Services for Manufacturers and Designers
CAWP helps wood products manufacturers of all types and sizes to develop, prototype and test new products. We also offer technical mentoring services for industrial designers seeking to create innovative wood-based products.


Designing with Wood Program – Technical Mentoring for Designers

CAWP offers a technical mentoring service for industrial designers and other creative people who want to know more about the specifics of working in the wood products industry. We hope to answer some of the typical technical and business questions that designers have when starting to work with wood


Industrial Wood Finishing
The UBC Certificate in Industrial Wood Finishing is a part-time industry training program that takes place every year from January to April. It combines 100 hours of supervised online study over 3 months with a week-long practical session.

Kiln Drying
CAWP offers a 150-hour modular course in kiln drying that currently represents the most comprehensive training program on the subject available anywhere in the world.


Outside the Box Meetup Group promotes New Opportunities & Partnerships

In October 2012 CAWP launched a business networking group called Outside the Box to encourage creative thinking about new product opportunities in value-added wood products and building systems.

Management Skills Training for the Wood Products Industry
CAWP offers a set of flexible and affordable management skills training courses that can be taken part-time while working in the wood products industry.