“there’s a lot of opportunity in the industry”
WHY BECOME A QUALIFIED FLOORING INSTALLER?
An apprenticeship in Flooring Technology can lead to many opportunities in the industry. From running your own installation crew to owning your own store.
DO I NEED ANY QUALIFICATIONS?
While you do not need any formal qualification, a Year 10 Certificate is generally considered a minimum. Customer service skills are also highly valued.
HOW IS MY TRAINING CONDUCTED?
Training is conducted on-the-job with the guidance of a qualified tradesperson who teaches the practical side of the career, this is also accompanied by formal training delivered by a nominated registered training organisation (RTO) or through TAFE.
Formal training can consist of a 1-week residential workshop completed off-the-job at a nominated worksite. These are fantastic weeks where you will meet fellow apprentices, trainers, and industry technical representatives and experts.
Assessments for apprentices are largely conducted on the job, and will involve practical demonstration, oral question, written activities and third party / supervisor reports. There is also some online theory via a learning management system.
HOW MUCH WILL I EARN?
This depends on the award in your state, how much you are working, and what tasks you will be undertaking. Once your apprenticeship is completed, the earning potential in the flooring industry is exponential with flooring Installers being some of the highest paid trades in Australia.
WHAT WILL I BE DOING?
Apprentice Floor Coverings Installers learn many skills and may choose to specialise in any or all of the following areas:
- A hard floor finisher lays and finishes timber, cork and parquetry floors in mosaic and block patterns. They also sand, stain and apply finished coatings to timber floors.
- A resilient layer specialises in laying and finishing vinyl in either sheet or tile form. They may also lay these materials on bench tops and walls as well as floors.
- A textile layer or carpet layer fastens the edges and seams, then stretches the carpet and fixes it along walls and borders, using gripper strips
Qualified flooring installers are in high demand in Australia, currently there is significant opportunity within the Carpet Court network with over 200 stores nationally.
HOW TO GET STARTED
To register your interest in becoming a Flooring Apprentice contact the Floor Covering Institute of Australia (FCIA) via the link below. The FCIA is the national advocate for all sectors of the flooring industry dedicated to driving growth and sustainability for its Retailers, Manufactures and Suppliers. The FCIA can provide all the necessary information about undertaking a flooring apprenticeship and is also a registered training organisation (RTO)
Alternatively use the store locator to contact your local Carpet Court store and enquire about potential apprenticeship opportunities.