Below you will find all the information for our online workshops we are offering this year on;

  1. Addressing floated floor movement
  2. Subfloor preparation
  3. Site assessment prior to installation
  4. Multiple floor installation in apartments
  5. Understanding Pre-finished Products & Installation Methods
  6. Assessing Timber Floor Performance workshop

If you have any questions on the below workshops, please get in touch here


Irrespective of the flooring, wood-based or vinyl-based, they expand and shrink depending on the weather conditions at the time. Floors in some locations move more than floors in other locations but there will also be differences within a product types.

The internal conditions also differ between dwellings, being influenced by building design, heating and cooling systems.

This workshop will cover the principles of providing for the expected movement in floated floors and how consideration of floor widths and compartmentalisation, play their part in avoiding board separation, unwanted vertical movement and possible squeaks.


Timber floors are generally laid over either timber or concrete subfloors. This online workshop will cover the aspects that must be considered by the contractor prior to laying over such subfloors. Contractors have a responsibility not to lay over inadequate subfloors. The online workshop includes the assessment of conditions in the subfloor space as well as the condition of the concrete slab.

Correct test procedures for assessing moisture content in both timber and concrete as well as slab integrity and flatness will be covered. Ventilation and dry subfloor soil conditions are vital to an elevated floor over an enclosed subfloor space. The online workshop will outline what contractors need to assess and how to do it. Remedial work is often required before a floor is installed. The online workshop will also cover levelling of the subfloor, whether this be a concrete slab or timber floor joists. Also needing to be considered is battening over an uneven subfloor.


    Many timber floors are laid in fairly stable conditions, but this is not always the case. When timber floors are laid, we say that it is necessary to ‘know your product’, ‘know your environment’ and ‘lay accordingly’. One area where things can go terribly wrong relates to the external factors that can affect a floor, that we may have little control over but which we need to have corrected or be able to accommodate. Therefore ‘knowing your installation environment’ is extremely important and what this workshop will focus on.

    Generally, this means that you need to consider more than what is before you, as what occurs within a subfloor, locality influences and building design can all have a significant effect on floor performance. Irrespective of whether the flooring is solid timber or a floating floor there is always a need for better site assessment to avoid the call backs or more serious problems.


    Many floors of all types go into apartments, and there are many aspects to consider when floors are to be laid into multiple apartments. There is a high need for clear lines of communication and to manage not only the process but also expectations.

    Product selection, subfloor condition, timing, other trades and floor protection are all aspects that need to be managed along with contractual requirements. It is not easy, so here is your opportunity to learn from a colleague who has already jumped the hurdles and where this forms a successful part of their flooring business.

    The lead instructor for this online course will be ATFA inspector, Phil Buckley.


    Many floors are installed using prefinished products including engineered, laminate and bamboo. Often with these floors, floating floor systems are used as such products are designed to have greater dimensional stability than solid timber, which needs to be mechanically or adhesive fixed. Both engineered and bamboo floors can also be adhesive fixed although the preference with bamboo is now usually for them to be floated. There are many aspects that still need to be considered when laying these products in either floating or stick down applications.

    This workshop is designed to provide a balance between knowledge and practical application. Aspects relating to the manufacture, product construction and jointing systems, and how these influence product performance, is covered. There are also a number of international standards that are applicable to these products that those using these products should be aware of. The workshop will discuss the do’s and don’ts of installation and in particular a sound knowledge of subfloors, moisture vapour barriers, underlays, expansion allowance and where to put expansion trims. Some applications such as high-rise apartments where noise can be a problem require special consideration and topics such as the ability to recoat and maintain these products is included.


    When working with timber floors we find that many from the industry are requested to assess client concerns. It may be the manufacturer, flooring supplier, installer or sander and polisher who is called in to look at the flooring concern. A meeting is held on site but because the parties are unsure as to how to assess the problem or its severity, the matter is not resolved, and a ‘wait and see’ approach is often taken. The owner is left with the problem, not sure if they are being ‘palmed off’, and not satisfied with the outcome. Does this sound familiar? Would it not be better to walk onto a jobsite with confidence and be able to assess the floor and the severity of the problem with more certainty and then provide valuable advice to your customers, providing them with a sense of your professionalism and genuine concern for the floor they have invested in.

    This course will assist in providing these skills, as well as considering ways to approach customers. The workshop gives participants the opportunity to share and discuss experiences, and just as importantly listen and learn from the experiences of others. The workshop provides fundamental information on the characteristics and performance of various flooring products; solid, bamboo, engineered and laminate. Understanding the product and how it behaves in different environments is essential to being able to diagnose problems and then being able to offer a path where the client can be satisfied and pleased with their floor.

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