What does a Floor Covering Installer Do?

Floor Covering Installers (448A) plan, prepare, install and repair various types of floor covering including tile, resilient sheet goods, carpet, ceramic and wood floors.

Job Related Skills, Values and Interests

  • learning about and applying relevant acts and legislation such as municipal by-laws, building codes and the Occupational Health and Safety Act
  • selecting and using various hand and power tools, leveling devices etc. used to install and repair flooring
  • inspecting and preparing the floor surface where the floor covering is to be installed
  • applying adhesives such as latex-base, asphalt-base or epoxy using spraying, rolling, trowelling or spreading techniques safely
  • planning and organizing the job site, including verifying drawings and specifications for the work site
  • performing calculations and on-site estimating procedures
  • planning, measuring and marking for floor covering installation
  • identifying hazards in the work area by inspecting the site, and taking proper precautions
  • identifying and selecting appropriate installation methods and tools
  • identifying and solving problems with floor covering installation and material, repairing where necessary
  • cutting and fitting various floor covering materiel to ensure proper fit; using creative flair to come up with artistic patterns in tile/ceramics
  • communicating effectively (verbally or in writing) with clients or agents in regard to the work sequence, areas of coverage, required materials and cost

What Preparation and Training Do You Need?

To become a Floor Covering Installer you should preferably have a secondary school diploma this is usually required by employers and unions today, but grade 10 is currently the legal minimum to be apprenticed in this trade under the Ontario College of Trades Apprenticeship Act (2009). Please note that minimum entry requirements to this and other trades are currently under review by the Ontario College of Trades. Completion of a 6,000 hour apprenticeship will include a combination of on-the-job and in-school training, before successfully writing an examination to obtain your Certificate Check out the following link to a local union that provides apprenticeship training in this particular field: https://www.carpenterstraining.ca/apprenticeship-training/floor-covering/compensation-scale/



What’s Your Future as a Floor Covering Installer?

Job opportunities in this field are linked to growth in the new and re-modeled residential housing market, as well as new commercial construction. People who work in this area find employment with:

  • carpet and tile businesses (retail or wholesale)
  • construction companies and their sub-contractors
  • self-employed

For additional information about this career, check out the construction sector website at: www.CareersInConstruction.ca.

Wage Rate

  • apprentices start at a wage rate less than that of a journeyperson
  • this rate increases gradually as you gain competency and skill
  • Fully qualified Floor Covering Installers can earn anywhere from $14.00/hr to $20.00/hour sometimes with benefits and opportunities for overtime


Ask Yourself: Is working as a Floor Covering Installer For You?

Are you able to bend, kneel for long periods of time, lift and perform work that is physically demanding?

Yes      No

Do you enjoy planning a job from start to finish?

Yes      No

Do you prefer to work on different tasks and not the same thing every day?

Yes      No

Is it easy for you to spot differences in size, shape, contour or form?

Yes      No

Do you enjoy working with a variety of different hand tools?

Yes      No

Can you get the job done to tight deadlines with little supervision?

Yes      No

Do you enjoy performing a job where satisfying the customer is essential?

Yes      No

If you answered Yes to most of these questions, Floor Covering Installer may be for You!

You may want to explore other jobs that require similar interests and skills such as:

  • Brick & Stone Mason
  • Carpenter
  • Pool & Hot Tub Installer
  • Drywall Installer & Finisher


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