In this blog we’ve put together a selection of wood floor fitting courses and wood floor fitting training.
We would always urge tradesmen and women, looking to move into wood floor fitting from a similar trade, to seek out training specific to wood flooring, even if you have crossover skills like carpentry, hard or soft floor laying, tiling.
“Real knowledge is intrinsic and it’s built from the ground up.” Naval Ravikant, Investor
If you need some fresh skills in this area or want to improve your knowledge, here they are:
British Wood Flooring Association
The British Wood Flooring Association run 5 training courses that cover all areas of wood flooring. Status is up to and including NVQ.
All training is carried out through Floorskills, the Association’s approved training provider.
Their courses are available to everyone, but you’ll get preferential rates if you’re a member of the BWFA.
Sub-floor preparation – 1 day £190 + VAT
Laminate & engineered – 3 days installation course (floating floors) £575 + VAT
Solid wood plank & strip Installation – 3 days £570 + VAT
Herringbone/parquetry real wood installation – 4 days (including sanding and finishing) £760 + VAT
Sanding & sealing – 2 days £380 + VAT
You’ll find details of all 5 courses here.
FITA (Floor Industry Training Association) run courses for beginners as well as seasoned professionals who want to upskill.
Most of their training takes place in Loughborough. It’s a mixture of classroom-based instruction, practical demonstrations and assessment.
All FITA instructors are fully trained, and they’re supported on courses by technicians with specialist knowledge from the trade.
A 1-day course designed for FITA QA Accreditation, suitable for practising installers who are ready to have their skills assessed. The main purpose is to assess and recognise your ability as a fitter, and to reinforce best practice.
Tools and equipment are available for use, but you’re welcome to bring your own tools if you prefer.
This is for domestic and commercial installers. The 2-day course gives you the ‘must know’ basics.
It’s suitable if you’re a newcomer, but also if you want to improve your knowledge of how to install laminate and wood floors correctly, using approved methods.
A 3-day course that builds on the skills gained in the basic course. It covers more complex installations and fitting techniques, including the glue-down method.
It’s suitable if you’re a domestic or commercial installer who wants to add to the range of work you can undertake.
The advanced course is also for domestic and commercial installers. The course content is flexible. They’ll design it around your requirements, both in terms of content and length.
Call FITA on 0115 950 6836 to tell them what you need – or email firstname.lastname@example.org
FloorSkills is Europe’s largest independent training centre. They work in partnership with the BWFA, providing training towards the BWFA apprenticeship program on their behalf.
The course content is regularly checked and approved by leading manufacturers, and they will only employ trainers who are proven in the trade.
Here’s a quick overview:
This course is designed for both newcomers and those with previous experience at installing laminate and floating engineered woods. It starts with basic installation and runs through to advanced installation.
Training includes diagonal lay with border work. If you’re a member of the BWFA you’ll get a 10% discount on the cost of the course.
Herringbone/parquetry real wood flooring installation is regarded as a trade in itself. There’s high demand and a shortage of installers, so this course is popular.
Kahrs are a leading Swedish wood floor manufacturer, one of the oldest in the business, with specialist knowledge of traditional wood floors.
Kahrs Academy is the training arm of the company. Each course is tailored according to the knowledge, experience and needs of course participants.
The offer training free of charge over the summer, although bear in mind that you’ll have to travel to Dubai.
Contact them via the Kahrs website, or call their UK office on 023 9245 3045.
Junckers specialise in wood flooring for sports halls. Training is by appointment, and only available to professional flooring contractors.
They offer a range of course subjects. We haven’t listed all of them, but here’s a selection:
- Sub-floor preparation and selection.
- Batten systems, cradles and levelling systems, glue-down and clip system floors.
- The difference between commercial, residential and sports installations.
- Sub-floor suitability and issues related to moisture.
- Installation of various Junckers floor systems, thicknesses and widths.
- Re-finishing, cleaning and maintenance.
To enquire about Junckers courses, get in touch with their Technical Manager Richard Aylen at email@example.com
We hope you find this information on wood floor fitting courses and training helpful. We will update the information as new course come up.
If you would like to share information on any upcoming courses, please feel free to email me, Ian Churchman at firstname.lastname@example.org