WoodSolutions Campus launches new timber flooring modules

WoodSolutions Campus has expanded its impressive suite of online timber education courses with the addition of seven specially developed timber flooring modules.

The new resources will help the construction and design industries to work more confidently when installing timber flooring, with the ultimate goal being increased uptake of timber for this purpose.

WoodSolutions Campus is part of a collaboration with the University of Tasmania, providing free online timber education.

Developed in partnership with the Australasian Timber Flooring Association (ATFA), the latest course, Flooring Training Modules, aims to ensure the appropriate and successful use of timber in flooring scenarios.

Randy Flierman, CEO at ATFA, said that while timber is a popular flooring choice, education is required to guarantee the maximisation of physical and aesthetic benefits.

“Timber flooring can be a beautiful, enduring asset for homes, workplaces, sporting venues and other locations. However, to get the best out of wood as a flooring material, it is essential that it is correctly installed and maintained,” Mr Flierman said.

Eileen Newbury, Program Manager of WoodSolutions and National Marketing and Communications Manager at FWPA, said WoodSolutions Campus has developed a strong reputation amongst the construction supply chain, design and build industry as the go-to for timber education.

“We are delighted to have added another important aspect of timber construction to our ever-expanding and increasingly popular suite of resources,” Ms Newbury said.

Throughout the seven modules of the new course, participants will learn about the properties of various types of timber flooring and how each should be installed. The importance of preparation before installation and how features of the site can affect the flooring will also be covered.

The course comprises a combination of video lectures and tutorial questions that will test the knowledge of participants.

The WoodSolutions Campus program was initially developed in response to a perceived lack of knowledge about the nature and performance of wood and wood products. There was a recognition by the industry that sales opportunities may be restricted by this lack of knowledge, and customer dissatisfaction could result where inappropriate products were selected, recommended or supplied.

Since launching, the WoodSolutions Campus courses have been very well received. During the previous financial year alone, there were 251 enrolments across all courses, from a variety of professions, including education, trade, built environment, industry and sales.

Alongside the new Flooring Training Modules, various other subject areas are on offer, including mid-rise timber construction, building regulations, timber inspection, managing moisture, designing for durability, designing for bushfire, environmental characteristics and more.

All WoodSolutions Campus resources can be accessed for free at www.woodsolutions.com.au/campus