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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.



      High School Diploma or HSED

      18 years old

      Possess a valid driver's license or the consistent means of transportation to work.

      Recommended high school courses are math, algebra and geometry, also exposure to building and design concepts and drawings, welding and computer courses.


      Application process

      1. Contact your nearest testing site to make an appointment for testing.

      2. Once you get a minimum test score of 70% you will receive a "letter of introduction" and instruction from the Joint Apprenticeship Committee in your area.

      3. Locate an employer and get hired as an apprentice (we offer assistance).

      4. Appear before the Joint Apprenticeship committee to sign an Apprentice Contract with the State of Wisconsin.

      5. Begin work and school as soon as scheduled.


      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