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Floorcovering Installer

Learn more about this trade on the alis website.

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  • Job Postings
  • Duties and Working Conditions
  • Interests, Abilities, Traits, and Skills
  • Career Advancement

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, and
  • practice good customer relations.

Those authorized to perform the restricted activities of this designated trade include:

  • Sponsored Apprentices,
  • Certified Journeypersons
  • Individuals deemed qualified by their employer, and
  • Self-Employed individuals.

For complete information, see Restricted Activities and Classes of Individuals.

Program Information

Program Information & 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 classroom instruction in the first year, and a minimum of 1500 hours of on-the-job training and 7 weeks of classroom instruction in the second year.
  • Classroom instruction for this apprenticeship program is currently suspended. Information about this suspension and how you can continue to progress in your apprenticeship is available here.
  • Apprentices are expected to demonstrate progress in their apprenticeship program within 18 months by engaging in an activity that will lead to the completion of a period of the program.
  • Apprentices may attempt the Interprovincial Exam in the final period of their apprenticeship training and, if successful, be granted a Red Seal.
  • Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship program, the apprentice will receive a journeyperson certificate and an educational credential (Certificate).
Trades Qualifier

You can earn a Journeyperson Certificate based on: Work Experience The requirements for a Floorcovering Installer are:

  • A minimum of 36 months AND 4,500 hours of work experience.
  • A successful theory exam.
  • A successful practical exam ($130.00).

Recognized CredentialsThe requirements for a Floorcovering Installer are:

  • A valid recognized credential from another jurisdiction.
  • A successful theory exam.
  • A successful practical exam ($130.00).

Program Credit

Category Information
High School Credit

Supporting Resources

Description / Resources
Trade Information Get important information about the duties, working conditions, and skills and abilities needed to work in this trade. (You will be re-directed to the alis website.)
Job Information View job postings in this trade, and learn about the current job market, average wage and resources for finding a job. (You will be re-directed to the alis website.)
Entrance Requirement You must satisfy the educational requirements or pass the entrance exam to start an apprenticeship program. If you are writing the entrance exam, there are entrance-level competencies to help you prepare, as well as an exam counselling sheet and study guide.
Curriculum Guide Get information on all of the program requirements and what you will learn.
Classroom Instruction View a list of currently scheduled classes.
Financial Assistance Student loans, grants, scholarships and other financial assistance may be available. For more information visit our Financial Assistance section, visit an Apprenticeship and Industry Training office or call toll-free to 1-800-248-4823.
Examinations Get exam counselling sheets for your upcoming apprenticeship, interprovincial or qualification exam.
Legislation For more information regarding undertakings, activities, and certification requirements, please review the Designated Trades and Restricted Activities Regulation and the Designated Trades’ Activities and Certification Requirements Order.


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