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Apprenticeship

Floorcovering Installer

Floorcovering installers install, repair and replace carpet and resilient floorcovering materials such as underlayment, carpet, sheet goods (vinyl and linoleum for example), prefinished hardwood and tile in commercial, residential and industrial buildings. They also may install wall coverings made of carpet or vinyl.

  • Avg. Salary $55,390.00
  • Avg. Wage $25.42
  • Minimum Education Apprenticeship
  • Outlook below avg
  • Employed 3,700
  • In Demand Medium
Also Known As

Carpet Layer

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

69%
69%
Average Wage
Starting
Overall
Top
  • Certification Provincially Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift over 20 kg
NOC & Interest Codes
The Floorcovering Installer is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Floor Covering Installers
NOC code: 7295
METHODICAL

Interest in computing to estimate costs for material and labour

OBJECTIVE

Interest in operating hand and machine stitchers, staple guns and seaming irons and in using bonding tape and bonding materials to install carpeting; and in operating power stretchers and other devices to stretch carpeting

innovative

Interest in speaking with customers and other workers to inspect and repair damaged floor coverings and to inspect, measure and mark surfaces to be covered

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

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Duties
Updated Dec 15, 2016

Working from blueprints or verbal instructions, floorcovering installers:

  • inspect and prepare substrates for covering
  • determine where to place seams or joints
  • estimate the quantity of material required
  • measure and cut floorcovering materials to fit around permanent obstructions
  • lay and tack down or glue 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 with 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
  • cover stairs with carpet or stair covering material.

Floorcovering installers also may respond to customer questions or concerns at the worksite.

Working Conditions
Updated Dec 15, 2016

Floorcovering installers work indoors. They work a 40 hour, five day week with some overtime required to meet construction deadlines. Renewing or decorating premises already in use may require working at night.

Floorcovering installers may be required to lift and move items that weigh over 25 kilograms.

  • Strength Required Lift over 20 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Dec 15, 2016

Floorcovering installers need the following characteristics:

  • physical strength and stamina
  • good colour vision to match colours
  • the ability to be polite and tactful with customers and get along with others.

They should enjoy working with their hands, developing specialized skills and performing tasks with little direction or supervision.

Educational Requirements
Updated Dec 15, 2016

To work in Alberta, a floorcovering installer must be ONE of the following:

  • a registered apprentice
  • an Alberta-certified journeyperson
  • someone who holds a recognized related trade certificate  
  • someone who works for an employer who is satisfied that the worker has the skills and knowledge expected of certified journeyperson
  • self-employed.

To register with Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training, apprentices must:

  • have an Alberta high school transcript with at least English Language Arts 10-2 and Math 10-3, or equivalent, or a pass mark in all 5 GED tests, or pass an entrance exam.
  • find a suitable employer who is willing to hire and train an apprentice. Most employers prefer to hire high school graduates.   

The term of apprenticeship is 2 years (two 12 month periods) that include a minimum of 1,500 hours of on-the-job training and 7 weeks of technical training each year. High school students can earn credits toward apprenticeship training and a high school diploma at the same time through the Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP).

Applicants who have related training or work experience may be eligible for credit or certification.

Apprentices are required to provide their own tools.

Floorcovering installer apprentices may take the interprovincial exam in the final period of their apprenticeship training to earn a Red Seal (certification recognized in most parts of Canada).

Technical training is arranged by Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training and is currently offered at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) in Edmonton and in Calgary.

For more information, visit the Technical Training Centre on the Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training website.

For a broad list of programs and courses that may be related to this occupation try searching using keywords.

Certification Requirements
Updated Dec 15, 2016

This is an Apprenticeship trade. For full details, see the related certification profile

Employment & Advancement
Updated Dec 15, 2016

Below-average occupational growth is expected in Alberta for 2016 to 2020. Job openings are a result of employment turnover and newly created positions.

Floorcovering installers are employed by floorcovering retail outlets, contractors and installation companies.

Experienced floorcovering installers may advance to supervisory positions, move into sales or customer relations, or contract out their services. Some set up their own retail businesses. Alberta certified journeyperson floorcovering installers who have the supervisory or management skills required by industry may apply for an Achievement in Business Competencies Blue Seal by contacting Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training.

In Alberta, 88% of people employed as floorcovering installers work in the following industries:

The employment outlook in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the industries listed above)
  • location in Alberta
  • employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions that never existed before)
  • size of the occupation.

Over 1,900 Albertans are employed in the Floor covering installers occupational group. This group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 0.1% from 2016 to 2020. As a result, 2 new positions are forecast to be created each year, in addition to job openings created by employment turnover.

Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

Wage & Salary
Updated Dec 15, 2016

Journeyperson wage rates vary but generally range from $35 to $50 an hour plus benefits (2014 estimates). Top wage earners can make in excess of $100,000 per year. 

Floor covering installers
NOC code: 7295

Survey Methodology

Survey Analysis

Overall Wage Details
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Hourly Wage
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Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $0.00 $0.00 $19.65 $19.00
Overall $0.00 $0.00 $25.42 $25.00
Top $0.00 $0.00 $29.93 $35.00

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* All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation.

D: Lowest Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

Lowest Reliability, represents a CV of more than 33.00% and/or if fewer than 10 survey observations and/or if survey observations represent less than 25% of all estimated employment for the occupation.


Industry Information
ALBERTA, ALL INDUSTRIES
Construction

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

69%
69%

Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties

97%
97%

Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months

59%
59%

2015 Vacancy Rate

N/A
Related High School Subjects
  • Trades, Manufacturing and Transportation
    • Construction
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Trades, Industrial and Related Training
Other Sources of Information
Updated Dec 15, 2016

Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training website: tradesecrets.alberta.ca

BuildForce Canada website: www.buildforce.ca

Calgary Construction Association website: www.cca.cc

 

For more information on career planning, education and jobs, visit the Alberta Learning Information Service (ALIS) website, call the Alberta Career Information Hotline toll-free at 1-800-661-3753 or 780-422-4266 in Edmonton, or visit an Alberta Works Centre near you.

Updated Mar 29, 2015. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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