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Image classification is an important task in computer vision. In this paper, we propose a supervised method for image classification based on a fast beta wavelet networks (FBWN) model. First, the structure of the wavelet network is detailed. Then, to enhance the performance of wavelet networks, a novel learning algorithm based on the Fast Wavelet Transform (FWTLA) is proposed. It has many advantages compared to other algorithms, in which we solve the problem of the previous works, when the weights of the hidden layer to the output layer are determinate by applying the back propagation algorithm or by direct solution which requires to compute matrix inversion, this may be intensive computation when the learning data is too large. However, the new algorithm is realized by the iterative application of FWT to compute connection weights. In the simulation part, the proposed method is employed to classify images. Comparisons with classical wavelet network classifier are presented and discussed. Results of comparison have shown that the FBWN model performs better than the previously established model in the context of training run time and classification rate.