What does a Floor Covering Installer (448A) do?

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

Job Related Skills, Interests and Values

  • Learning about and applying relevant health and safety and building code acts and legislation; identifying work area hazards by inspecting site and taking proper precautions
  • Selecting and using various hand and power tools and devices to install and repair flooring
  • Inspecting and preparing floor surfaces; applying adhesives using proper safety techniques
  • Planning and organizing the work site, including verifying drawings and performing estimates
  • Planning, measuring and marking for floor covering installation
  • Identifying and selecting appropriate installation methods and tools; identifying and solving problems with floor covering installation and material, and repairing where necessary
  • Cutting/fitting flooring materials to ensure proper fit; creating artistic patterns in tile/ceramics
  • Communicating effectively with clients regarding work sequence, areas of coverage, required materials, and cost

What Preparation and Training Do You Need?

  • Grade 10 is the legal minimum, but high school diploma is usually required
  • Completion of 6,000-hour apprenticeship, including on-the-job and in-school training
  • Completion of exam to obtain Certificate of Qualification

What's Your Future as a Floor Covering Installer (448A)?

  • Job opportunities linked to growth residential housing market and new commercial construction
  • Potential employers include carpet and tile businesses (retail or wholesale), construction companies and their sub-contractors, or self-employment

Wage Rate

Apprentice wage increases with skill and experience. Fully qualified workers earn an average of $26.00-$40.41 per hour.


Floor Covering Installer (448A)

Ask Yourself: Yes No
Do you have good hand-eye coordination? Is it easy for you to spot differences in size, shape, contour or form?
Do you like to work on different tasks every day?
Are you able to read blueprints and measurements accurately?
Are you able to follow Health & Safety guidelines?
Are you able to lift more than 50lbs? Are you able to stand or sit for long periods of time?
Do you enjoy performing jobs in which customer satisfaction is essential?
Are you reliable, a self-starter and able to work with minimal supervision?

If you checked YES to the majority of these questions, a career as a Floor Covering Installer (448A) may be for you!

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