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.

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.

Duties & Tasks of a Floor Finisher and Coverer

Floor finishers and coverers:

  • ensure floors are firm, dry and clean, and repair minor defects before laying coverings
  • measure areas to be covered, and estimate and order quantities of floor coverings
  • fix underlays of hardboard sheets, rubber or felt
  • lay covering materials over the floor, match patterns, cut shapes around fixtures and trim edges
  • fix floor coverings and fit edge trims in doorways
  • sand, stain and finish a variety of timber floors.

Working conditions for a Floor Finisher and Coverer

Floor finishers and coverers work in small teams. Conditions can be dusty, and the work involves a lot of bending, stretching, kneeling and carrying. Floor finishers and coverers have a high level of contact with the public, retailers, builders and other tradespeople.

Employment Opportunities for a Floor Finisher and Coverer

Many floor finishers and coverers set up their own businesses and work as subcontractors to retailers or floor covering firms. Some work for retail organisations and may combine the duties of retail sales and floor covering. Trade qualifications are often desired, but not essential. Opportunities are dependent on building industry demand, but this is less likely to affect qualified tradespeople.

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:


Employment by state:

ACT ACT 1.4%

NSW NSW 31.6%

NT NT 0.5%

QLD QLD 17.1%

SA SA 3.3%

TAS TAS 3.7%

VIC VIC 27.2%

WA WA 15.2%

Hours worked:



Average unemployment

Gender split:

Male 99.1%

Female 0.9%

Education level:

Age brackets:

15-19 - 2.5%

20-24 - 12.2%

25-34 - 30.1%

35-44 - 33.9%

45-54 - 9.2%

55-59 - 3.5%

60-64 - 7.7%

65 and Over - 0.9%

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

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