Continuing professional development

To continue our commitment to industry development and high quality customer service, we have developed a range of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses focusing on main issues surrounding floor, wall and door products, plus their impact on the wellbeing of the people using the spaces where they are installed.

More information about these CPDs is given below. Each seminar is approximately one hour long and is designed to fit flexibly within busy work schedules. Courses are delivered by our sales consultants, either on site at your offices, or by arrangement at the Altro Showroom, London.

Our CPDs are designed to encourage delegate interaction to promote knowledge sharing. Each course aims to:

  • develop understanding of the key considerations when selecting floor and wall finishes
  • outline important health and safety elements
  • provide installation guidance, hints and tips
All our CPDs fit within one of RIBA’s ten core curriculum topics, meaning they can count towards your 35-hour learning requirement. You can award some of the required 100 learning points to these activities – please visit www.ribacpd.com for more information.

A number of our CPDs are RIBA-approved. These CPDs earn chartered architects double points:

  • designing for dementia
  • how to reduce the risk of slipping
  • resin - where function meets design
  • prevention is better than cure
  • designing for mental health
  • Altro factory tour: Innovation in manufacturing product design

Designing for dementia

With an ageing population increasing the number of dementia cases, this CPD has been designed to give delegates an overview of the fundamental aspects of designing for dementia environments.

How to reduce the risk of slipping

According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), slips and trips are the most common cause of major / specified injuries to employees. The specification of appropriate flooring is an important way of controlling risk. This seminar coincides with the HSE’s campaign to reduce slips by education and enforcement and covers:

  • The regulations
  • Statistics
  • HSE activity
  • Flooring slip test methods

Resin - where function meets design

From machine shops to warehouses, resin systems are providing the performance required to keep the wheels of industry rolling. But what type of resin should you use? Will it resist chemicals and be easy to clean? You'll find the answers to these and other questions by attending this seminar.

Prevention is better than cure

Defect-free construction is a major industry preoccupation. This seminar looks at the principal causes of failure and how to get your product selection and installation right first time.

Designing for mental health

The design within mental health facilities has to be safe and robust. The consequences of failing in this can be devastating. With one in four people in the UK experiencing mental health problems*, understanding the differing needs of service users can have a major impact on wellbeing. This CPD covers:

  • the state of mental health in the UK
  • considerations in mental health facility design
  • general design principles including privacy
  • dignity and choice, acoustics and colour
  • application areas in detail
  • designing for high risk areas

Altro Factory Tour: Innovation in manufacturing product design

This tour of our manufacturing plant and laboratories in Letchworth will focus on how safety flooring is manufactured, how new products are developed and provide guidance on issues, legislation and standards affecting the specification of safety flooring. You will be taken through the history of Altro and how we continue to lead the way through the delivery of innovative solutions, in which sustainability objectives underpin our decision making processes. This course/workshop/tour focuses on:

  • the composition of safety flooring and how it works
  • the manufacturing process
  • the history of safety flooring and how it has developed over the years
  • different types of safety flooring to suit different requirements
  • cleaning requirements for safety flooring
  • measuring slip resistance

We also have a number of Altro CPDs, which focus on a construction industry topic and how our floors, walls and doors can help you achieve what you need to, in detail:

  • design
  • designing for wellbeing: sound reduction

Design

Design inspiration, the connection between Altro and the Bauhaus movement and how our floors and walls can help you fulfil your design goals.

Designing for wellbeing: effective sound reduction

Noise can have a profound effect on us – associated issues include cardiovascular disease and strokes. This interactive CPD presentation covers how noise affects us, how good design can help overcome it, and what obligations you have when planning.

For more details or to book a course, please contact our Customer Care Centre on 01462 707604 or email cpd@altro.com. Alternatively visit the Altro Showroom London.