Scaling for Non-Scalers

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Course information

This virtual workshop series provides a renewed and basic understanding of the scaling process, which includes log rules, sorts, grades, and accountability.

Section 1: Scaling Bureaus - This section will discuss how scaling bureaus operate and their role in the log markets.         

Section 2: What a Log Scaler Does - This section dives deeper into the log scaler's role.              

Section 3: Northwest Log Scaling Rules - This section demonstrates the application of log scaling rules in the Northwest for uniformity and standardization specifically within the Douglas-fir processing area.             

Section 4: Special Requests - This section addresses how best to handle special requests when they surface.

Section 5: Log Grades & Sorts - This section compares grades and sorts, and explains why sorts may vary from company to company.

Section 6: Log Accountability - This section addresses the tracking standards and documentation for log loads from the landing to the mill.

Section 7: Short Topics - This section is a catch-all for a variety of critical scaling topics.

This series is curated by the Western Forestry & Conservation Association.                

Is this virtual workshop for you?

This virtual workshop is for you if you need a refresher or basic orientation to log scaling. This is for you if you are not a scaler, but want or need a better understanding of scaling. The emphasis of this series is regionally focused for the Pacific Northwest. However, there are scaling fundamentals addressed that are applicable in other areas.

Open registration

Registration is rolling enrollment starting July 6, 2021.


Member price: $145

Non-member price: $265

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Start date

Get started immediately! The virtual workshop content is accessible upon registering.


Virtual workshop access will remain open through December 31, 2021 at 11:55 pm ET unless notified otherwise. You have unlimited viewings during the open access period of this virtual workshop.

Workshop content is located within the Contents Tab above to the right of this Overview Tab. Select the "+" to expand each section to reveal the section's content.


This virtual workshop is self-paced with an expected completion time frame of five (5) hours. This workshop must be completed in sequence and viewed in entirety to progress to the next component (presentation, activity, or session). Once you complete a component, you can return to any of the previous components. 

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this virtual workshop series, you will be able to:

1. Outline the scaling process.

2. Describe the roles of key players of scaling.

3. Specify scaling standards for the Pacific Northwest.

4. Compare sorts and grades.

5. Explain log accountability components from landing to the mill.

6. Compute log volume calculations and scaling costs.


Successful completion of the virtual workshop is measured by completing each component and passing the quiz. The quiz has 24 questions. The passing score for the quiz is 100%. You have unlimited attempts to pass the quiz.  

Course Evaluation

Your feedback is appreciated to help the workshop curators and subject matter experts continually improve for future participants and future virtual workshop series.


Upon successful completion of this workshop, you will earn 5.0 CFEs in Category 1. CFEs will automatically be added to your CFE record located on


Upon successful completion of this workshop and course evaluation, participants may download and print a certificate verifying completion of the course and earning CFEs. Upon successful completion, CFEs will be uploaded to participant CFE records by the end of the day (11:59 pm ET).

Get Started or Resume

Once you are registered for the workshop, access it within your MY DASHBOARD. You can pause at any point and you can return right where you last left off. Simply select the presentation you were last viewing or select the next presentation, activity, or resource as available. Availability is denoted by the yellow box with the white star or the brown box with the white arrow. Completed components are marked by a green box with a white check mark.


Additional resources are available within the Resources tab and within the Contents tab sections.

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Scaling for Non-Scalers Worksheet
Open to download resource.
Open to download resource. Download and complete this worksheet as you work through this virtual workshop series to reinforce your understanding of scaling practices for the Pacific Northwest and how they may apply to your specific area.
Scalers and Beyond: Key Players
Scaling Bureaus
Open to view video.
Open to view video. How they operate and their role in the log markets: How bureaus fit into the log buying and selling process Represent both the log buyers and sellers Apply log scaling rules Provide qualified scalers Serve as independent third parties
What a Log Scaler Does
Open to view video.
Open to view video. o How scalers fit into the log transaction process (only measure volume, not value) o What is their relationship to log buyers and sellers o Different points in log transport where scaling can occur o What is log volume and how is it calculated? o What are the specific measurements and data collected on a typical log? o Log documentation o Understanding gross and net volume o Why did my load scale out at a lesser volume? Reasons for volume deductions
Log Scaling
Northwest Log Scaling Rules
Open to view video.
Open to view video. o Function and role of the rules o What they cover o How they are maintained and revised
Special Requests
Open to view video.
Open to view video. o Why special requests are made o Common examples o Documenting special requests
Understanding Log Grades and Sorts
Open to view video.
Open to view video. o What is the difference between grades and sorts? o Why do sorts vary from company to company? o What is the difference between a good #2 sawlog and a rough #2 sawlog o What is the pulp sort? o What is a cull?
Log Accountability
Open to view video.
Open to view video. o How is data collected? Load receipts, weight reports, sample scales, sample expansion, log tags, scale tickets and certificates o Understanding the paperwork: Examples will be provided of load receipts, scale tickets and certificates and each form will be reviewed in detail. o What are the standard procedures for documentation and changes? o How is the data stored, disseminated and then accessed by clients?
Short Topics
Short Topics Part 1
Open to view video.
Open to view video. o Circling back to items discussed earlier in the series.
Short Topics Part 2
Open to view video.
Open to view video. o Difference between westside and eastside scaling o Understanding cubic measurements o Deciphering overrun and underrun o Volume conversion factors o Using taper factors and actual taper o Scaler cost and value
Short Topics Part 3
Open to view video.
Open to view video. Defects & Deductions Final questions & clarifications
Quiz, Evaluation, and CFEs
Scaling for Non-Scalers Quiz
24 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  24/24 points to pass
24 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  24/24 points to pass Pass this quiz to earn CFEs and demonstrate your understanding of the content presented throughout this virtual workshop series.
6 Questions
6 Questions Please complete this course evaluation to help inform continuous improvements to this virtual workshop and future programming.
CFEs & Certificate
5.00 CAT1 credits  |  Certificate available
5.00 CAT1 credits  |  Certificate available CFEs automatically post to your SAF CFE record. Download and save or print the certificate verifying your completion if you require it for your records.