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floor coverers apprenticeship career

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Work Description

  • Floor Coverers install carpet, vinyl, cork, laminate and hardwood on floors and walls. Their work can be found in unique mosaic designs in stately foyers to hospital waiting rooms to exotic wood patterned floors in restaurants, just to name a few venues.


Working Conditions

  • Floor Coverers  typically work inside and usually work in teams. Working conditions can range from large, spacious areas to small spaces requiring very detailed work.



17 years old

  • Graduated from high school and able to provide official transcript or GED/HSED equivalent

  • ACT Math score of 15 (within last 5 years) OR Next Gen Accuplacer score of 237 (within last 5 years) OR pass the local math assessment

  • Possess valid driver’s license or consistent means of transportation


Application process

1. Contact the nearest Training center to provide ACT or Next Gen Score OR make an appointment for testing.

2. Once you provide the documentation to the Training Center and meet the requirements, your Joint Apprenticeship Committee will provide you with instructions on how to proceed.

3. Locate an employer to hire you as an Apprentice. We can help with this!

4. Meet the Joint Apprenticeship Committee and sign your Apprenticeship Contract with the State of Wisconsin, Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards.

5. Begin work and school as soon as scheduled for you.


terms of apprenticeship

Four-year program

160 hours of classroom instruction each year. Includes hands-on learning at North Central States Regional Training Centers located in Madison or Kaukauna, WI. Lodging expenses may be paid for as part of the apprenticeship program.

A total of 6,240 hours of classroom learning and work experience.

Apprentices are paid during their entire four-year program and incremental wage increases coincide with program completion.


floor covering apprenticeship program classes


  • Millwright 16 Hr Safety (OSHA 10)
  • Industrial & Rough Terrain
  • Aerial Lift

Resilient Sheet Goods/Seam Welding I

  • Pattern Scribing
  • Direct Scribing
  • Seaming Methods
  • Basic Blueprint Reading

Carpet I

  • Hot Melt Seaming
  • Glue Down Seaming Methods
  • Basic Stretch-in Installation
  • Advanced Blueprint Reading

VCT-Square Layout

  • Basic Layout Cutting & Fitting Underlayment Installation Floor Prep Requirements Various Individual Projects

Green Flooring Products

  • Cork Installation/Finish App Methods
  • Rubber Products
  • Linoleum Products

VCT-Diagonal Layout

  • Procedure for Balanced Layout
  • Concrete Moisture Requirements
  • Cutting and Fitting Methods
  • Various Individual Projects

Stair Finishers

  • Rubber Treads/Risers/Stringer
  • Flash Cove Vinyl Stairs
  • Glue Down carpet Stairs w/Border
  • Stretch-in Stairs w/Various Stair Finishes




Resilient Sheet Goods/Seam Weld II

  • Flash Cove Vinyl
  • Flash Cove Heat Welding
  • VCT
  • Sheet Vinyl
  • Seam Welding

Carpet II

  • Carpet Tile
  • Vinyl Backed Carpet
  • Pattern Match Techniques
  • Advanced Stretch-in Carpet
  • Advanced Carpet Install

Best Practices

  • UBC Best Practices in Health-Care Construction
  • UBC Scaffold User
  • First Aid/CPR/AED

Custom Work

  • Patterns / Designs / Inlays

Hardwood & Laminate

  • Floating Floor Installation
  • Glue Down Installation
  • Nail Down Installation
  • Sand & Finish


  • Transition to Trainer