Floor covering installers (NOC 7295)

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Estimated hourly wage
in Québec (2016-2018)
Minimum 16.00$
Median 25.00$
Maximum 35.00$
Job prospect
(2017-2021)
Employment in 2016
2,000
Skill level
Technical (usually a college or secondary school vocational diploma)

Nature of work

Floor covering installers install carpet, wood, linoleum, vinyl and other resilient floor coverings in residential, commercial, industrial and institutional buildings. They are employed by construction companies, floor-covering contractors and carpet outlets, or they may be self-employed.

Main duties

  • Floor covering installers perform some or all of the following duties:
  • - Inspect, measure and mark surfaces to be covered
  • - Measure, cut and fasten underlay and underpadding
  • - Measure, cut and install carpeting using hand or machine stitcher, seaming iron, bonding tape or other bonding materials
  • - Continued…
  • - Stretch carpeting using knee-kicker or power stretcher and secure carpeting to floor or other surfaces using staple gun or other devices
  • - Measure, cut and install resilient floor covering using adhesive, rollers and other hand tools
  • - Install hardwood floors, such as strip floors, block floors or plank floors, using glue, staples, nails or other means
  • - Inspect and repair damaged floor coverings
  • - May estimate material and labour costs.

Employment requirements

  • * Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • * 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.
  • * Trade certification for floor covering installers is compulsory in Quebec and available, but voluntary, in Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta, British Columbia, the Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.
  • * Red Seal endorsement is also available to qualified floor covering installers upon successful completion of the interprovincial Red Seal examination.

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