Floor Covering Installer
Careers New Zealand
New Zealand
13d ago

Pay for floor covering installers varies depending on experience.

Floor covering installers may receive an hourly rate, but are often paid a contract rate per metre of flooring installed.

  • New floor covering installers usually start on minimum wage or a little more.
  • Apprentice glaziers usually start on the training rate or minimum wage, but earn more as they gain experience and unit standards.
  • Newly qualified floor covering installers usually earn between $18 and $20 an hour.
  • Experienced floor covering installers usually earn between $25 and $31 an hour.
  • More than half (55%) of floor covering installers are self-employed. Their income depends on the success of their business.

    Source : Trade Me, 'Salary Guide', 2016; Careers New Zealand research, 2016.

    This information is a guide only. )

    What you will do

    Floor covering installers may do some or all of the following :

  • check customers' requirements
  • prepare quotes for jobs
  • measure and prepare areas to be covered
  • measure, cut, apply and secure floor coverings
  • mix and apply resin flooring
  • repair damaged floor coverings
  • install and / or sand timber floors.
  • Skills and knowledge

    Floor covering installers need to have :

  • knowledge of how to prepare floors for covering
  • knowledge of different types of flooring materials and how to cut and fit or apply them
  • technical skills such as knowing how to measure a floor's moisture content
  • skill in using specialised equipment such as floor sanders
  • knowledge of health and safety equipment and processes.
  • Floor covering installers who are self-employed also need business skills.

    Working conditions

    Floor covering installers :

  • usually work regular business hours, but may have to work long or irregular hours
  • work in homes, and other buildings that are being refurbished or built. Some may work outdoors on surfaces such as tennis courts
  • work in conditions that may be dusty or contain adhesive fumes, and involve heating equipment that can be dangerous
  • travel locally and occasionally between towns.
  • Entry requirements

    There are no specific entry requirements to become a floor covering installer. However, having a qualification will improve your job prospects and pay.

    To become a qualified floor covering installer you need to complete an apprenticeship and gain one of these qualifications :

  • National Certificate in Flooring : Trade Supply (Level 3) for working in manufacturing and wholesale sales
  • National Certificate in Flooring (Level 4) for installing floor coverings
  • National Certificate in Flooring : Resin Flooring Application (Level 4) for installing resin flooring
  • National Certificate in Flooring : Flooring Planning & Design (Level 4) for working in retail flooring sales.
  • The Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) oversees floor covering apprenticeships.

    Secondary education

    No specific secondary education is required for this job, but NCEA Level 1 English, maths and technology are useful.

    Year 11 and 12 students can learn more about the construction industry, and gain relevant skills, by doing a National Certificate in Building, Construction and Allied Trades (Level 1 and 2) through the BConstructive programme.

    For Year 11 to 13 students, the Gateway programme run by the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) is a good way to gain industry experience.

    These programmes may help you gain an apprenticeship, but do not reduce the amount of time it takes to complete it.

    Personal requirements

    Floor covering installers need to be :

  • careful and accurate, with an eye for detail
  • able to follow instructions
  • able to work well under pressure
  • able to work well with others
  • good at basic maths
  • safety-conscious.
  • Useful experience

    Useful experience for floor covering installers includes :

  • work as a flooring salesperson
  • work as a storeperson in a flooring warehouse
  • work in a carpet factory
  • building work.
  • Experience in joinery or woodworking is useful for floor covering installers who work with timber floors.

    Physical requirements

    Floor covering installers need to be physically fit as there may be a lot of heavy lifting, depending on the type of flooring.

    A lot of time is spent kneeling and bending, which can be hard on the knees and back.

    It is important that floor covering installers do not suffer from respiratory diseases, as they may work with solvents and in dusty conditions.

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