Floor Covering Installer

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Certificate of Qualification 448A
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Floor covering installers install carpet, wood, linoleum, vinyl and other resilient floor coverings in residential, commercial, industrial and institutional buildings.

Key Skills & Attributes

  • Strong communication, reading & numeracy skills

  • Problem-solving & planning skills

  • Physical strength & ability to lift heavy materials

  • Ability to kneel for extended periods of time

  • Ability to visualize spaces to estimate materials

  • Good colour vision

Entrance Requirements

  • Minimum grade 10 education in Canada (or a proven Canadian equivalency)

  • Strong math and communication skills are essential

Apprenticeship Program

Learning and earning is a key advantage of the apprenticeship system. A formal apprenticeship in floor covering is 6,000 hours of work experience and in-school training.


  • Estimate materials, measure and mark guidelines on surfaces

  • Cut covering and foundation materials according to blueprints & sketches

  • Understand pattern layout

  • Safely use many tools, adhesives & fastening systems

  • Apply shock-absorbing, sound-proofing or decorative coverings to floors

  • Scrape, sand or chip to correct imperfections

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Did you know?

The work of floor covering installers is often based on specifications of architects, facility managers or interior designers. This is a specialized occupation with many opportunities.


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