Floorlayers are craftsmen, skilled in the installation of carpeting, hardwood flooring, vinyl composition tile and sheet goods products made of vinyl, linoleum and rubber. Their work includes decorative floor coverings in commercial buildings; the installation of hardwood flooring; and the installation of carpet in both residential and commercial applications.
INSTALL (International Standards and Training Alliance) professionals are known as the top craftsmen in the floor covering industry. All floor covering apprentices are enrolled in the four-year INSTALL apprenticeship program. Apprentices are trained in state-of-the-art technologies, materials and techniques, with rigorous instruction focusing on floor preparation, installation and finishing procedures. INSTALL-trained craftsmen are known for their uncompromising commitment to outstanding quality, service and professionalism. Their services are in greatest demand among the industry’s top contractors, manufacturers and customers.
Learn more about INSTALL at www.installfloors.org
What You Will Learn
The Floor Covering Apprenticeship training includes:
- Basic carpentry
- Technical math
- Floor laying concepts
- Prep work and layout
- Modular tile and rubber base
- Jute and action back carpeting
- Wood flooring
- Sheet goods concept, installation, flash cove and welding
- Velcro and modular carpeting
- Geometric layout
- Woven and axminster carpeting
- Unitary and enhancer back carpeting
Floor Covering Contractor
As a graduate of the carpenters’ apprenticeship program, Dave understands the value of the intense training that apprentices receive as part of the floor covering course of study.
“In the floor covering industry, you only get one chance to make it right. There are so many different types of flooring…you just can’t pick it up overnight.
The INSTALL program is where you learn technique. Journeymen who come out of the program know what they’re doing. If you apply yourself, you’ll come out to be a great craftsman.”
Floor Covering Apprentice
After spending years as an account executive in a suburban office, Penny decided to follow in her father’s footsteps as a carpenter.
“It doesn’t feel like a job or work. I’m enjoying earning a living. It’s the best move I’ve ever made.
There’s also the benefits… knowing that I have a pension has given me a comfortable feeling knowing that I am financially secure. My only regret is that I didn’t start sooner.
In our disposable world, most things are made not to last. But in our industry, you’re the one putting in your knowledge, pride, heart and soul. What we produce is made to last. You can sit back and be proud of it.”