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.
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 :
Skills and knowledge
Floor covering installers need to have :
Floor covering installers who are self-employed also need business skills.
Floor covering installers :
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 :
The Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) oversees floor covering apprenticeships.
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.
Floor covering installers need to be :
Useful experience for floor covering installers includes :
Experience in joinery or woodworking is useful for floor covering installers who work with timber floors.
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.