Floor covering installers install carpet, wood, linoleum, vinyl and other resilient floor coverings in residential, commercial, industrial and institutional buildings. They are employed by construction companies, floor-covering contractors and carpet outlets, or they may be self-employed.

Main duties 

Floor covering installers perform some or all of the following duties: 

  • Inspect, measure and mark surfaces to be covered
  • Measure, cut and fasten underlay and underpadding
  • Measure, cut and install carpeting using hand or machine stitcher, seaming iron, bonding tape or other bonding materials
  • Stretch carpeting using knee-kicker or power stretcher and secure carpeting to floor or other surfaces using staple gun or other devices
  • Measure, cut and install resilient floor covering using adhesive, rollers and other hand tools
  • Install hardwood floors, such as strip floors, block floors or plank floors using glue, staples, nails or other means
  • Inspect and repair damaged floor coverings
  • May estimate material and labour costs.

Employment requirements 

  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • Completion of a two- to three-year apprenticeship program or
  • Over three years of work experience in the trade is usually required to be eligible for trade certification.
  • Interprovincial trade certification (Red Seal) is also available to qualified floor covering installers.

Additional Information 

  • Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.
  • Red Seal trade certification allows for interprovincial mobility.