Floor Coverer

Starting Wage


Journey-Level Wage


***The listed wages may vary by state and county.***

Rock-Solid Benefits

  • Retirement And Pension Funds

  • Health Care

Career Requirements

  • Must Be 18 Years Old For Hire

  • High School Diploma or GED

  • Driver's License

  • Reliable Transportation

Floor coverers install carpet, hardwood, tile, laminate, and other resilient surfaces that can withstand high amounts of foot traffic. Some projects require durable installations that can span thousands of square feet, while others call for custom, decorative elements that draw on the floor coverer’s creativity, planning, and skill. Behind every safe, solid, visually striking flooring installation is a professional floor coverer who knows that the real work lies beneath the surface.


Enroll in a floor coverer apprenticeship through the Carpenters Training Institute.


There’s more to being a floor coverer than just assembling the pieces of a puzzle. Floor coverers are experts in determining the proper tools and materials for each job, creating layouts, and even understanding how temperature and moisture will impact the installation. As a floor coverer apprentice, these are just a few of the jobs you’ll have the opportunity to take on:

– Measure, cut, and install a variety of flooring materials
– Inspect and repair damaged floor surfaces
– Estimate time and material costs
– Design custom patterns and decorative installations

The recommended prerequisites for high school students include construction courses, shop courses, English and math courses. General building classes will familiarize students with measuring and tools they may use or see on the job.


Getting a college degree isn’t necessary to have a long and successful career as a professional carpenter, but earning one will help you broaden your knowledge and develop a deeper understanding of our craft’s value in society. You’ll also get to interact with people outside our industry who will provide you with new perspectives based on their experiences.

Contractors value skilled workers but they also want workers who show a desire to learn, and holding a college degree goes a long way toward proving your commitment to seeing a job through to the end.

College credit earned from completion of your apprenticeship program will support your transition into a supervisory or management role within our crafts.

Get in touch to learn more about our apprenticeship programs or to schedule a visit at one of our state-of-the-art classrooms and facilities. We look forward to hearing from you!


To graduate from floor coverer apprentice to journeyworker, you’ll complete 7,000 hours of on-the-job training (OJT) and 640 hours of classroom learning. Floor coverer apprentices will be evaluated through demonstrations of skill and technique, and standard knowledge exams.


INSTALL Certification
As a floor coverer apprentice, you’ll go through the INSTALL Training Program, which is a dedicated floor covering curriculum developed by the Carpenters International Training Fund with input from industry leaders and manufacturers.

You’ll learn from an elite team of INSTALL instructors as they take you through the program’s nine pillars:Standard Skills, Carpet, Resilient Flooring, Resinous Flooring, Hardwood Flooring, Concrete Polishing, Safety, Productivity and Green Building Awareness.

Average earnings for all first-year students:
$30,675-$42,535 + benefits*
(Wages increase yearly.) For more wage information click here.

There’s no cost to become an apprentice at Carpenters Training Institute. All you need to provide are a strong work ethic, positive attitude, and desire to learn. We’ll provide a state-of-the-art training facility and courses taught by instructors multiple years of experience practicing their craft. Compare that to the average college or trade school where a single course will cost around $1,500, provide little to no hands-on training, and won’t pay you for your time.

An Education That Pays for Itself

With uncertain employment opportunities and increasing student loan debt, the appeal of a four-year college degree isn’t what it used to be. The average earnings for college graduates is $41,765, and their average student loan debt is $58,495.

After completing your apprenticeship at Carpenters Training Institute, your average earnings as a journeyworker will be up to $55,700 and you’ll enter the workforce with $0 in student loan debt.

Journeyworkers who continue to develop their craft through additional training can earn over $77,355. You can also move into a leadership role where you’ll earn $66,500+ as a foreman or $90,000+ as a superintendent.


Skills needed to become a floor coverer include eye-hand coordination, physical fitness, and time management.

High school students preparing to become a floor coverer should seek out part-time jobs related to carpentry or design. Landscaping work and carpentry classes are great ways to build the skills needed for a floor coverer apprenticeship.

It Doesn't Stop At Journeyworker

After successfully completing your apprenticeship and becoming a journeyworker, there’s still opportunity to further advance your career. You may oversee a crew on a job site as a leadperson, or become a foreman or project superintendent. You may even go on to start your own company! Whatever your goals, Carpenters Training Institute will work with you to achieve them.

Continuing Education Courses for Members

As a member, you’ll have access to free continuing education courses at Carpenters Training Institute to help develop your craft or train for new roles within the industry. These courses are designed for members who want to become specialists in their craft, expand their skill set to another craft, or train for a leadership role as a foreman or superintendent.

Examples of continuing education courses offered:

– Install Carpet Certification
– Sheet Vinyl Basics
– Stretch Carpet Basics
– Heat Welding
– Creating Wood Patterns
And many more!


Foreman & Superintendent Training
Everyone on the job site is responsible for producing high-quality work, but it’s up to the foreman and superintendent to oversee the project, keep things on schedule, and ensure that everyone is able to do their jobs safely and efficiently.

Depending on the position you’re training for, the courses will be tailored to fit your goals and the current demands of the industry.

What’s the difference between a Foreman and a Superintendent?
The two positions look very similar on paper, but the foreman and superintendent have their own roles to play on each job site.

The foreman is the person in charge of an individual craft or job crew. On large projects, there will be one foreman each for the carpenters, electricians, plumbers, steel, and concrete crews.

The superintendent oversees the entire job site. They work with all of the foremen to coordinate job crews, subcontractors, and vendors to make sure the site is running smoothly.

Local Offices

Twin Cities

Floor Coverers Training Center

680 Olive St
St. Paul, MN 55130

Chris Favreau

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