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About this resource

The Flooring Technology project is a learning resource designed for trainees undertaking the Certificate III in Flooring Technology (LMF31208). The resource comprises a website and an accompanying set of print-based learner guides and work books.

The project was commenced in 2012 and has been developed in two stages. It is envisaged that the development work will be on-going, with new units being progressively added over time and existing units updated as required. Copyright dates in individual documents refer to the year of completion of that document.

Each on-line unit is aligned to one or more units of competency, as shown below.

It is important to note that the units are not listed in any particular order. The delivery sequence chosen by a training provider should reflect the specific needs of the learners involved and the training and assessment strategy that applies to that program.

Learning unit title Competencies covered

Safety at workMSAPMOHS200A: Work safely

LMFFL3002A: Establish and maintain a safe flooring technology work environment

Inspecting and testing subfloorsLMFFL2004A: Moisture test timber and concrete floors

LMFFL3101A: Inspect sub-floors

Planning and costingLMFFL3001A: Plan and cost flooring technology work

Subfloor coatings and toppingsLMFFL2102A: Prepare, select and apply smoothing and patching compounds

LMFFL2103A: Select and apply appropriate compounds and additives

LMFFL2105A: Select, prepare and apply moisture barriers and damp proof membranes to concrete sub-floors

Concrete grindingLMFFL2107A: Select, operate and maintain grinding equipment

Preparing floor coveringsLMFFL2002A: Receive and prepare floor covering materials for installation

Lay flat vinylLMFFL2301A: Install lay flat vinyl floor coverings

Resilient tilesLMFFL2302A: Install resilient tiles using standard installation practices

Commercial vinylLMFFL3302A: Install commercial vinyl floor coverings

LMFFL3303A: Install resilient floor coverings using custom designs and decorative finishes

LinoleumLMFFL3301A: Install linoleum floor coverings

ESD floorsLMFFL3308A: Install anti-static resilient floor coverings

LMFFL3309A: Install conductive resilient floor coverings

Making measurementsMSAPMOPS101A: Make measurements

Working sustainablyMSAENV272B: Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

Communication and teamsMSAPMSUP102A: Communicate in the workplace

MSAPMSUP106A: Work in a team

Work documentsLMFGN3001B: Read and interpret work documents

Timber floor coatingsLMFFL3402A: Apply solvent based coatings to timber flooring

LMFFL3403A: Apply water based coatings to timber flooring

LMFFL3404A: Apply oil based coatings to timber flooring

LMFFL3605A: Apply finishes to cork flooring

Hand and power toolsLMFFL2001A: Use flooring technology sector hand and power tools

Purpose of the resource

The purpose of the resource is to help trainee floor layers acquire the background knowledge needed to satisfy the theoretical components of the competencies shown above. Note that it is not designed to replace the practical training necessary to develop the hands-on skills required. Learners will still need to receive extensive on-the-job training and supervision before they will be ready to be formally assessed in these units.

The website contains interactive exercises, graphics and photos, and a voice-over narration of the main text. Instructions on how to use the different presentation 'option buttons' are provided on the 'Introduction' page of each unit.

Most of the funding for this project was provided by the Department of Industry, through the Workplace English Language and Literacy (WELL) Program. The purpose of funding grants for this type of project is to enable learning resources to be produced that not only contain all the technical information required, but also provide literacy and numeracy support for people who may struggle with conventional written material.

Additional funding was provided by the Manufacturing Skills Australia (MSA) Industry Skills Council On-going hosting and maintenance of the website is being managed by the MSA.

Learner guides and work books

Each on-line unit has an accompanying print-based learner guide and work book. These are available for download from the website via the 'Supporting resources' link in their respective unit.

The learner guides contain all of the content material shown on the website, other than the interactive exercises and some of the photos. The work books contain the learning activities and assignments, and are suitable for classroom use and handwritten answers to questions.

Assessment of competency

Formal assessments of competency must be carried out by a qualified assessor working under the auspices of a registered training organisation. For more information about these requirements, please consult the Furnishing Training Package (LMF02). You can access the LMF02 Training Package on-line at

Sample assignments are provided for each of the units. They are designed to test the learner's background knowledge and understanding of the concepts. The assignments should be reviewed and modified, as required, to ensure they meet the needs of the training program and the candidate's being assessed, as well as all the evidence requirements set out in the Training Package.

Most of the competencies covered in this resource also require extensive evidence of practical on-the-job skills. This means that in addition to the written assignments covering the theoretical concepts, candidates will need to demonstrate a wide range of hands-on skills and practical problem solving techniques.

Methods of assessment in these skills may include:

  • on-the-job discussions about installation processes, as well as typical problems and methods of overcoming them

  • practical demonstrations of installations and the use of tools and equipment

  • examples of installations that the candidate has carried out and documents they have completed

  • third party reports from the candidate's supervisor or team leader.

To help the learner prepare for the practical demonstration requirements, units that contain a large practical component have a 'Practical demonstration checklist' attached. This checklist is available via a link on the 'Introduction' page of the on-line units, and is reproduced in the back of the learner guides.

Note that it is the RTO's responsibility to ensure that candidates have been able to demonstrate all the knowledge and skill requirements for each competency, over time and across the specified range of conditions. The 'Practical demonstration checklists' are only designed as quick self-evaluations for candidates to check their readiness for the formal assessment.