Apprenticeship involves both classroom studies and on-the-job training under the supervision of a certified Floor Covering Installer, called a Journeyperson.
As an apprentice, you earn while you learn and are paid by the hour while working on the job site. Wages start at about 50 per cent of a Journeyperson’s hourly rate and increase during your apprenticeship until you reach the full rate.
Entering an Apprenticeship program
Requirements for floor covering installer apprenticeship programs vary across Canada. In most provinces and territories, you must have a Grade 9 education or equivalent to enter a floor covering installer apprenticeship program. You may find it helpful to have courses in drafting and mechanical drawing, math and shop.
Some provinces and territories offer secondary school apprenticeship programs that allow high school students to work towards a career as a Floor Covering Installer.
Apprenticeship training programs for floor covering installers vary across Canada, but generally involve three 12-month periods, including at least 4,400 hours of on-the-job training, two six-week blocks of technical training and a final certificate exam.
Related work experience or completion of a floor covering installer program at a college or technical institute can reduce the time required to complete your apprenticeship.
Certification is required in Quebec, and is available but voluntary in most other provinces. Where certification is not available, it may be possible to study as an apprentice through your local labour organization. Check out our Related links to find out who to contact. Even where certification is voluntary, it is still recommended. Certification tells employers and other workers that you are a skilled professional. It also helps you get jobs.
To be certified as a Floor Covering Installer, you usually need to complete a 2 or 3 year apprenticeship program. Once you successfully complete the required on-the-job training, technical training and exams, you are awarded a Journeyperson certificate.
You may be eligible for certification in some provinces and territories if you have more than three years of on-the-job experience and some high school, college or industry courses in floor covering.
As a certified Floor Covering Installer you may write the Interprovincial Exam to qualify for the Interprovincial Standards’ Red Seal. With a Red Seal, you can work as a Floor Covering Installer anywhere in Canada.
To keep their skills current, Floor Covering Installers must keep up with new technologies by reading and speaking with others in their field.