Floor covering installers perform some or all of the following duties:
A. Inspect, measure and mark surfaces to be covered
B. Measure, cut and fasten underlay and underpadding
C. Measure, cut and install carpeting using hand or machine stitcher, seaming iron, bonding tape or other bonding materials
D. Stretch carpeting using knee-kicker or power stretcher and secure carpeting to floor or other surfaces using staple gun or other devices
E. Measure, cut and install resilient floor covering using adhesive, rollers and other hand tools
F. Install hardwood floors, such as strip floors, block floors or plank floors, using glue, staples, nails or other means
G. Inspect and repair damaged floor coverings
1. Completion of secondary school is usually required.
2. Completion of a two- to three-year apprenticeship program or over four years of work experience in the trade and some courses in floor covering installation are usually required to be eligible for trade certification.
3. Trade certification is compulsory in Quebec and available, but voluntary, in Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia and the Northwest Territories.
4. Trade certification for hardwood floor layers is available, but voluntary, in British Columbia.
5. Red Seal, an interprovincial trade certification, is also available to qualified floor covering installers.
2. Industrial Arts
3. Business English
The average hourly wages for Floor Covering Installers is $17.61/HR, which is close to the average for occupations in the trades, transport and equipment operators sector and close to the average for all technical, professional, and skilled occupations. These wages grew at an above-average rate from 2002 to 2004.