Floorcovering installers install, repair and replace floorcovering materials including underlayment, carpet, sheet goods (e.g. vinyl and linoleum) and tile in commercial, residential and industrial buildings.
Floorcovering installers may also install wall coverings made of carpet or vinyl.
Working from blueprints or verbal instructions, floorcovering installers:
- inspect and prepare substrates for floorcovering
- determine placement of any necessary seams or joints, and estimate the quantity of material required
- measure and cut floorcovering materials to fit around permanent obstructions
- install a foam or rubber pad over floors to be carpeted
- sew carpet seams together or use special heat tape to join carpet pieces
- stretch carpet and fasten it by means of a tackless strip around the perimeter of the room, or by gluing it to the floor
- install sheet goods and resilient tile by applying adhesive to the substrate, laying the covering and rolling it with a roller
- match and insert pieces of material in damaged areas
- remove or replace baseboard moulding as required
- install floorcovering materials on stairs
- practice good customer relations.
For more information regarding tasks and activities, please review the Trade Regulation.
Floorcovering installers work indoors at various work sites. They typically work a 40-hour, five-day week, with some overtime required to meet construction deadlines. Night work may be required on some projects.
The work is most rewarding for people who enjoy working with their hands, developing specialized skills and performing tasks with little direction or supervision.
To be successful in their trade, floorcovering installers must have:
- strength, stamina and the ability to use proper lifting techniques to lift awkward loads in excess of 25 kilograms
- good colour vision to match colours and patterns
- the ability to be polite and tactful with customers and get along with others.
Floorcovering installers are employed by floorcovering retail outlets, contractors and installation companies.
Journeyperson wage rates vary, but generally range from $35 to $50 an hour. Top wage earners can make in excess of $100,000 annually.
Experienced floorcovering installers may advance to supervisory positions, move into sales or customer relations, or contract out their services. Some establish their own retail businesses.
To work as a floorcovering installer in Alberta, a person must:
- be a registered apprentice, an Alberta-certified journeyperson, hold a valid recognized credential , OR
- work for an employer who is satisfied that the worker has the skills and knowledge expected of a certified journeyperson, OR
- be self employed.
Individuals possessing a valid recognized credential in Alberta are eligible to receive a Blue Seal business credential after completing the necessary requirements.
The term of apprenticeship for a floorcovering installer is 2 years (two 12-month periods) including a minimum of 1500 hours of on-the-job training and 7 weeks of technical training in the first year, and a minimum of 1500 hours of on-the-job training and 7 weeks of technical training in the second year.
- An applicant who previously completed courses of study or work experience related to the floorcovering installer trade or holds a related journeyperson certificate and has the employer's recommendation, may qualify for credit that could reduce the term of apprenticeship. Inquiries about credit for previously completed courses of study or work experience can be directed to an apprenticeship representative toll-free at 1-800-248-4823.
- A person who has previous training or work experience in the trade and wants to determine their level of skill and knowledge for entry or advanced standing in an apprenticeship program may complete the online Prior Learning Assessment Application. For more information, see the online Prior Learning Assessment Guide.
- A high school student can become an apprentice and gain credits toward apprenticeship training and a high school diploma at the same time under the Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP).
To learn the skills required of a floorcovering installer in Alberta and be issued an Alberta Journeyman Certificate, a person must:
- satisfy the entrance requirements or pass the entrance exam (see Entrance Level Competencies, Exam Counselling Sheet, Entrance Exam Study Guide, and Entrance Exam Support Materials List)
- find a suitable employer who is willing to hire and train an apprentice
Most employers prefer to hire high school graduates and may select apprentices from among their current employees.
For holders of an existing trade certificate, it can serve as your entrance requirement equivalency when registering in an additional trade.
- complete the online Apprenticeship Application and Contract
- pay the non-refundable application fee as part of the application process
- complete the required on-the-job training
- during on-the-job training, apprentice floorcovering installers will earn at least minimum wage. Usually the pay increases as the training progresses.
- apprentices are required to provide their own tools
- complete all program requirements as identified in the course outline
- enroll in technical training
- select an educational institution that offers training for Floorcovering Installer apprentices, and a time to attend training
- determine requirements for enrolling at the selected institution, and forward completed enrolment form to the selected institution
- review books and materials required for training
- successfully complete all required exams
Apprentices may attempt the Interprovincial Exam in the final period of their apprenticeship training and, if successful, be granted a Red Seal.
When apprentices attend technical training, they are required to pay the applicable tuition fee and purchase course supplies.
Student loans, grants, scholarships and other financial assistance may be available. For more information see Financial Assistance, visit an Apprenticeship and Industry Training office or call toll-free to 1-800-248-4823.
A floorcovering installer who holds a valid trade certificate from Alberta or from another Canadian province or territory may apply to write the Interprovincial Exam and, if successful, be granted a Red Seal under the Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program. The Red Seal is recognized throughout most of Canada.
For a Qualification Certificate based on a recognized credential or work experience in order to prepare for the exam(s) please refer to the Exam Counselling Sheets and review available resource materials.
Time spent on supervisory or foreman duties, counter work, heading the tool crib, or on training course is NOT counted as 'hands-on' work experience.
A person who holds a valid recognized credential does not require an Alberta equivalency document to work in the trade in Alberta.
However, some employers may require Alberta documentation as proof that the holder is allowed to work in the trade or that the holder's credential is recognized.
More information regarding the Equivalency Program can be found here.