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Access floorer

Access floorers install raised floor systems using specialist tools and techniques. This could include any project that requires raised floorings – from houses to nightclubs, and airports to offices.

Average salary*




How to become an access floorer

There are several routes to becoming an access floorer. You could do a college course, an apprenticeship, or on-the-job training.

You should explore these routes to becoming an access floorer to find out which is the right one for you. Although some of these options have certain qualification requirements, many employers are more interested in people who are enthusiastic, willing to learn and can follow instructions.

You may need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme card to work on a construction site. 


There are no formal academic qualifications necessary to become an access floorer, however there are some vocational qualifications that can help you gain a job.

Your local college or training provider may offer courses such as an NVQ Diploma in Interior Systems (Access Flooring).

You’ll need at least 2 GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D) or equivalent, including English and maths, for an NVQ.

> Equivalent entry requirements explained

> Find a course near you

> Funding advice 


An apprenticeship with an access flooring company is a good way into the industry.

You’ll need up to 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent to become an apprentice. 

Apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16. As an apprentice, you will be fully employed by your company and expected to work a minimum of 30 hours a week. Your time will be split between on-the-job experience and a college or training provider.

> Find an apprenticeship near you

> Guide to apprenticeships


If you have some basic experience, you could apply directly to an access flooring company to gain onsite experience as an access floorer. You might start out as an assistant to a more experienced access floorer and progress as your abilities improve. 

Work experience

Work experience is essential to gaining employment within the construction industry. You could gain this at school, or by working weekends and holidays with a company or relative who works as an access floorer. Potential employers will always be pleased to see work experience listed on your CV.

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Additional skills which may benefit anyone considering a job as an access floorer include: 

  • Working on-site
  • Manual tasks
  • Ability to understand the needs of a business
  • Ability to interpret drawings.

What does an access floorer do?

As an access floorer, you will be responsible for installing raised flooring in a variety of different settings. Duties may include using specialist tools and understanding the requirements of the business you are working in. You could also be required to work evenings or weekends depending on the job you are doing.

The role of an access floorer involves the following duties:  

  • Working alongside contractors and other construction workers
  • Providing solutions and strategies to clients
  • Interpreting drawings
  • Cleaning areas where flooring will be installed
  • Gluing and nailing floor coverings into place
  • Using specialist tools and access flooring techniques
  • Visiting and assessing potential new projects.

How much could you earn as an access floorer?

The expected salary for an access floorer varies as you become more experienced. 

  • Newly trained access floorers can earn £19,000 - £25,000
  • Trained access floorers with some experience can earn £25,000 - £30,000*
  • Self-employed access floorers set their own pay rates. 

Hours and salary depend on location, employer and any overtime you may do.

* Salaries have been collected from multiple industry sources and have been updated as of 2019


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As these are external websites, the number of vacancies related to your preferred role may vary. New opportunities will be posted as they come up.

Career path and progression

As an access floorer, you could transfer your skills to become a floor layer, a team leader or a self-employed contractor.

Progression Opportunities

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