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Carpet fitters and floor layers fit carpets and vinyl tiles, and lay laminate and solid timber floors.
1. Entry requirements
Most carpet fitters and floor layers start out by joining a company and training on the job.
You could do a course like a Level 1, 2 or 3 NVQ in Floor Covering. These are run by colleges and training providers.
You’ll need to be good with numbers and have practical skills.
You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.
On construction sites, you may need to have a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card.
Go Construct has more details about careers in floor laying.
2. Skills required
- practical skills
- the ability to follow plans and instructions
- maths skills to measure floor areas and work out costs
- the ability to work quickly and accurately
- customer service skills
3. What you'll do
You'll work in people's homes and on commercial premises. Depending on where you're working, your day-to-day tasks may include:
- measuring floor space and estimating the amount of materials needed
- clearing away furniture and taking off doors
- removing old flooring
- cleaning, levelling and sealing the work area
- gluing or nailing underlay and floor coverings into place
- stretching carpet over spiked gripper rods and taping
- heat-sealing joins and edges on vinyl flooring
- spraying or waxing floor coverings to give them a protective coating
- using fast-track flooring systems
- putting furniture back and trimming and re-hanging doors
You may work in a team of 2 or 3 people.
In commercial premises, you'll liaise with the contracts manager and other trades on site.
Starter: £14,000 to £17,000
Experienced: £18,000 to £25,000
Highly Experienced: £30,000
Some companies may offer a vehicle as part of your package.
You may be paid an hourly or daily rate.
These figures are a guide.
5. Working hours, patterns and environment
You'll usually work 38 to 40 hours a week. As a commercial fitter you may have to work evenings and weekends.
The job is physically demanding and you'll spend much of your time kneeling to fit flooring. You'll also be lifting and carrying heavy flooring materials, and moving furniture.
You may work with chemical adhesives and sprays, and need to wear or use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
You'll usually need a driving licence to travel between sites.
6. Career path and progression
With experience, you could become a team supervisor, estimator or contracts manager.
You could move into areas like buying and product sales.
You could also set up your own business in laying carpets and flooring.
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Last updated: 11 September 2018