Architect-Inspector Training to Upskill Korea’s Wood Construction Workforce

By: Tai Jeong

Country Director, Canada Wood Korea

Wood frame multi-family housing has been, and continues to be, a very important part of design and construction activity across South Korea:  in fact it’s one of the key means to address the dearth of quality housing options. In many settings, that involves multi-story buildings containing apartments designed to meet the needs of a broad community or specific lifestyle. The rising popularity of wood construction in Korea has prompted us to bolster efforts in delivering our Architect-Inspector Training program, an in-depth and intensive course to provide a complete education in all areas of design and inspection for wood frame construction.

The teaching curriculum was updated based on the 2018 version of the Korea Building Code and the 2021 editions of the International Building Code and International Residential Code which put greater emphasis on building performance in energy saving and seismic safety. We would like to congratulate the 37 architects, builders and inspectors for their successful completion of the training.

The training is web-based and virtually interactive by Zoom and facilitated by experienced and highly qualified training instructors. The course was delivered on weekends for five months to ensure it’s reasonably flexible and accessible for working professionals.

Canada Wood Korea collaborates with industry associations and academic institutes like KWCA (Korea Wood Construction Association), KIC (The Korea Institute of Building Construction) and WUC (Wood University Centre) to develop tailor-made technical workshops and training programs to upskill the workforce in Korea’s wood construction industry.