Carpet fitter and floor layer

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Flooring fitter

Carpet fitters and floor layers fit carpets and vinyl tiles, and lay laminate and solid timber floors.

Salary Range: £14,000 to £30,000

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How to become a carpet fitter and floor layer

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly
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College

You could take a college course like the Level 1 Award in Flooring Operations or Basic Construction Skills with flooring options. This will give you some of the skills needed for the job.

Entry requirements

You’ll usually need:

  • 2 or fewer GCSEs at grades 3 to 1 (D to G), or equivalent, for a level 1 course

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Apprenticeship

You may be able to start by doing a floorlayer intermediate apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You’ll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship

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Direct application

You could apply directly to work as a carpet fitter and floor layer. Employers will expect you to have practical skills and be good with numbers.

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Further information

You can find more details about training and working in carpet fitting and floor laying from Go Construct and The Flooring Industry Training Association.

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You’ll need:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to work on your own
  • customer service skills
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • leadership skills
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • knowledge of maths
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
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What you’ll do

Day-to-day tasks

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

Working environment

You could work at a client’s home or at a client’s business.

Your working environment may be physically demanding.

You may need to wear protective clothing.

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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.