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 in Flooring Technology. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10. For more details, see Section 2. Ask your career adviser about the possibility of starting some of this training in school.

Duties & Tasks of a Floor Finisher and Coverer

Floor finishers and coverers may perform the following tasks:

  • 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.


Carpet Layer

A carpet layer fastens the edges and seams of the carpet, then stretches and fixes it along walls and borders, using gripper strips.

Hard Floor Finisher

A hard floor finisher lays and finishes timber, cork and parquetry floors in mosaic and block patterns. They also sand, stain and apply finished coatings to timber floors.

Resilient Layer

A resilient layer specialises in laying and finishing vinyl, linoleum and rubber in sheet or tile form. They may lay these materials on bench tops and walls as well as floors.

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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