How to become a Floor Finisher and Coverer

Floor finishers and coverers install and repair floor coverings such as carpet, vinyl, rubber, cork, parquetry and timber flooring. They may specialise as hard floor finishers, textile layers or resilient layers.

Personal requirements of a Floor Finisher and Coverer

  • Able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • Enjoy practical work
  • Good hand-eye coordination
  • Normal colour vision

Education & Training for a Floor Finisher and Coverer

To become a floor finisher and coverer you usually have to complete an apprenticeship. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:

relatively steady

Employment by state:

ACT 0.9%

NSW 24.1%

NT 0.6%

QLD 15.1%

SA 3.2%

TAS 4.1%

VIC 31.9%

WA 20.1%

Hours worked:




Gender split:

Male 99.1%

Female 0.9%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 0%

Not completed Year 12: 54.4%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 0%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 45.6%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 0%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 0%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 0%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 41.6%

Above 35 years: 58.3%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

Additional Information
Floor finishers and coverers carrying out work above a certain value (as determined by state or territory regulations) must either be accredited as, or work under the supervision of, a registered building practitioner.
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