Carpet fitters and floor layers fit carpets and vinyl tiles, and lay laminate and solid timber floors.
Salary Range: £14,000 to £30,000
How to become a carpet fitter and floor layer
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- applying directly
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.
You’ll usually need:
- 2 or fewer GCSEs at grades 3 to 1 (D to G), or equivalent, for a level 1 course
You may be able to start by doing a floorlayer intermediate apprenticeship.
You’ll usually need:
- some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
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.
What it takes
Skills and knowledge
- 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
What you’ll do
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 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.
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.