Floor covering installers, also known as floorlayers, install all types of flooring materials, including carpet, sheet vinyl, linoleum, luxury vinyl tile, hardwood, laminate and even sports surfaces. Floorlayers work in commercial, residential and institutional settings and install floor coverings in structures such as office buildings, schools, hotels, homes and hospitals.

You are detail oriented.

You are creative.

You are comfortable working at heights.


  • Estimate materials, measure and mark lay out lines on surfaces.
  • Install materials according to blueprints and specifications.
  • Create prep lists for kitchen crew.
  • Understand pattern layout.
  • Safely use hand and power tools, adhesives & fastening systems.
  • Prep subfloors with underlayment, floor patch and self-leveling material.
  • Evaluate and remediate substrate imperfections.

Key Skills & Attributes

(technical training and on the job)

  • Strong communication skills, reading and numeracy.
  • Strong problem-solving and planning skills.
  • Creativity and an eye for detail.
  • Physical strength and balance.
  • Ability to work in high places.
  • Ability to work in a collaborative environment.

What You’ll Need

Entrance Requirements

Highschool or equivalent. Complete a three-to four year apprenticeship program. Once you successfully complete the required on-the-job training, technical training and exams, you are awarded a journeyperson certificate.

Apprenticeship Program: 3-4 years, includes technical training, on-the-job training and exam. Journeyperson certificate awarded after successful completion. Approval for a self paced apprenticeship program may be available.

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Hourly Pay

Approx. $29-$44

(Based on journeyperson)

Projected Construction Worker Retirements

~ 8,100 by 2029*

*BuildForce Canada

Did You Know?

Floorlaying is often based on specifications of architects, facility managers or interior designers. This is a specialized occupation with many opportunities.