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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 $58,352.00
  • Avg. Wage $27.85
  • Minimum Education Apprenticeship
  • Outlook below avg
  • Employed 1,900
  • In Demand High
Also Known As

Carpet Layer

NOC Codes

In Canada, the federal government groups and organizes occupations based on a National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. This alis occupation may not reflect the entire NOC group it is part of. Data for the NOC group can apply across multiple occupations.

The NOC system is updated every 5 years to reflect changes in the labour market. Government forms and labour market data may group and refer to an occupation differently, depending on the system used. Here is how this occupation has been classified over time:

  • 2006 NOC: Floor Covering Installers (7295) 
  • 2006 NOC-S: Floor Covering Installers (H145) 
  • 2011 NOC: Floor covering installers (7295) 
  • 2016 NOC: Floor covering installers (7295) 
Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

Average Wage
  • Certification Provincially Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift over 20 kg
Interest Codes
The Floorcovering Installer is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Floor Covering Installers

Interest in computing to estimate costs for material and labour


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


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.

Learn More

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.

Related Education

The following schools offer programs or courses that are related to this occupation but are not required to enter the field.

Apprenticeship Trades

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

Floorcovering Installer

Floorcovering installers install, repair and replace resilient floorcovering materials such as  underlayment, carpet, sheet goods (vinyl for example) and tile in commercial, residential and industrial buildings. They also may install wall coverings made of carpet or vinyl. For more information, see the Trades and Occupations section of Alberta's Tradesecrets website.


Under Alberta's Apprenticeship and Industry Training Act and Floorcovering Installer Trade Regulation, you do not have to be certified if you are self-employed or work for an employer who is satisfied that you have the skills and knowledge expected of a journeyperson certified by Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training. To learn the trade, you must become a registered apprentice.

What You Need

The term of apprenticeship for apprentice floorcovering installers in Alberta is two years (two 12 month periods) that include a minimum of 1,500 hours of on-the-job training and seven weeks of technical training in each year. Apprentices must find suitable employers who are willing to hire and train apprentices, and successfully complete technical training examinations.

Working in Alberta

Floorcovering installers trained in other provinces and territories can work in Alberta if they hold a certificate or license recognized by the Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board or have the skills and knowledge expected of a journeyperson certified in Alberta. For more information, see the Recognized Trade Certificates page of the Tradesecrets website.

Contact Details

Any of the Apprenticeship and Industry Training Client Service Offices located throughout Alberta. For a list of office locations and telephone numbers, click on "Contact Us" on the home page of the Tradesecrets website (

Employment & Advancement
Updated Dec 15, 2016

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

Survey Methodology

Survey Analysis

Overall Wage Details
Average Wage
Average Salary
Hours Per Week

Hourly Wage
For full-time and part-time employees
  • Low
  • High
  • Average
  • Median
Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $18.00 $30.00 $20.25 $18.00
Overall $24.27 $45.00 $27.85 $25.40
Top $28.85 $60.00 $35.12 $32.00

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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.

C: Lower Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

Lower Reliability, represents a CV of between 15.01% and 33.00% and/or if fewer than 20 survey observations and/or if survey observations represent less than 33% of all estimated employment for the occupation.

Industry Information

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years


Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties


Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months


Vacancy Rate

Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Trades, Industrial and Related Training
Other Sources of Information
Updated Dec 15, 2016

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BuildForce Canada website:

Calgary Construction Association website:


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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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