Employment as a flooring installer

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Posted by: from Ottawa
9/18/2012 at 11:49:13 AM

I run an employment program where I assist members of the Ottawa community in finding employment (not a placement agency; its a special program for individuals with disabilities.)

I am working with an individual who is exploring the field of flooring installation. They have done some at home projects and is very interested in this type of work. I am trying to get some information for regarding how one goes about getting into flooring and building experience. I need to know what the starting point should be.

Is there a certification required? Are there jobs that I can look for that would give the experience needd but also not require alot of experience? Should we be volunteering/looking at unpaid work to start?

Any help would be great.


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Spencer from All Home Repair in St Thomas
Date/Time9/18/2012 at 3:23:25 PM


Anyone can lay flooring without a required licence or training as far as legalities.

Working with a professional would of course be the ideal situation.Each type of flooring has its own special methods as I'm sure you are aware so there would be different professionals for each.A good flooring person will lay a floor very fast and if they are job minded will probably not be willing to train on the job.Classroom training is available I'm sure but it really just can't cover all the situations that come up.It can take years to become really good at each type of flooring.

If a person has an aptitude for this type of work then finding jobs that require little skill and are very straight forward would be one way of getting some experience. Also,there are some very good books at the big box stores full of information and, of course, the internet with utube.

I think you could help this person become involved in flooring installations in this manner.I think you would need an advertising budget to get the message out there stressing price and reliability.The other thing a customer would be interested in is some kind of a guarantee that either your organization or this person would back up.

You talked about unpaid work as a way to start.This might be possible and again would require some searching to find a professional willing to take on that kind of responsibility with out taking advantage.

I hope this is of some help.

Good luck


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Date/Time9/19/2012 at 1:32:41 PM


I agree with Spencer. A few items I would add ... more for your knowledge that that of your clients/student. Often flooring companies hire people to be "helpers" and this usualy includes doing some actual floor placement. The measuring and lining up the flooring that may run into different rooms takes a little experience, ... so the patterns match. Unfortunately the pay is usually not great and turnover can be an issue.

Some companies pay the workers by the job and some by the sq. ft. (or meter). The issue with the "per Square Foot" scenario is that installers often rush a job and the end results aren't always what they should be. As to getting into the business, I'd suggest contacting the flooring companies directly and explain what you are doing. I would NOT have a person work for free, but a beginners wage would be acceptable. Consider bonuses for accuracy and relative speed.

Good luck,


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