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Professional Development

Employee development is an important part of every organization. By providing training and learning opportunities, employers are creating an organization where employees feel respected and motivated to perform at their best.

View the current Professional Development calendar, with links to registration.

LumberTech provides the knowledge and skills needed by yard personnel, sales staff, estimators, as well as owners, managers and administrative personnel in the retail lumber industry.

Online Training

Whether you are onboarding a new employee or helping an existing employee expand their knowledge and skills, we have the training for you. This includes TWO online learning management systems – LumberTech Online and the Foundation learning platform. Both feature training specifically for the lumber and building material industry for employees and management.

To help provide quick and easy access to building material product training, BLD Connection is working with LBM supplier vendors to build an online training video library we call the LBM Product Knowledge Center.

Market Watch webinars are designed to answer questions building product dealers have about the market activities and supply outlook for lumber and building materials.

The Tech Talks is a webinar series featuring conversations and demonstrations from the lumber & building material industry’s technology companies.

Join an association professional learning and networking group and discover impactful ideas to improve your business. These professionally facilitated groups provide a unique opportunity to share ideas with your peers and gather different perspectives to help create a strategic vision for your organization.

Workforce Development

Find resources for helpful state workforce sites, and articles & tips on recruiting & hire best practices.


BLD Connection provides scholarship opportunities for students and staff for continuing education. Each scholarship program varies by state.

Education Opportunities at BizCons and Conferences

In addition to full trade show floor exhibits that feature the latest building products, the BizCon North and South provides expert-led educational seminars covering sales and operations topics.

The Connection Conferences are concentrated one-day events with targeted education, engaging networking events, and a fun activity to wrap up the day.

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