Apprenticeships in England
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Carpet fitters lay carpets and vinyl floor coverings in homes and business premises. As a carpet fitter, you’d measure up rooms, stairs, and hallways, estimate the materials needed for the job, and install the floor covering onsite, cutting it to fit and securing it.
There are no set qualifications required to become a carpet fitter. You could study at college or follow an apprenticeship as a floor layer, or you could apply directly to an employer.
You should explore these routes of becoming a carpet fitter to find the right one for you. Although some options have certain qualification requirements, many employers are interested in people who are enthusiastic, willing to learn and can follow instructions.
You may need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card to work on a construction site.
There are no specific courses to help you become a carpet fitter, however you could gain relevant skills by completing a college course such as:
You’ll need at least two GCSEs at grades 3 to 1 (D to G), or equivalent.
You could complete an intermediate apprenticeship as a floor layer and then find work as a carpet fitter.
You may need GCSEs (including English and maths) or equivalent to do an apprenticeship, but not all employers ask for formal qualifications.
Apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16. As an apprentice, you’ll 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.
If you have good practical skills or experience in another trade, you could apply directly to a specialist company to gain experience as a carpet fitter. Your employer may support you through any required training.
You could gain work experience at school, or by working weekends and holidays with a company or relative who works as a carpet fitter. Potential employers will always be pleased to see work experience listed on your CV.
Additional skills which could benefit anyone considering a job as a carpet fitter include:
As a carpet fitter, you will be responsible for laying new carpets or vinyl in rooms, hallways and stairs of varying shapes and sizes.
The job role of a carpet fitter involves the following duties:
The expected salary for a carpet fitter varies as you become more experienced.
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
Check out the latest carpet fitter vacancies:
As these are external websites, the number of vacancies related to your preferred role will vary. New jobs will be posted as they come up.
As a carpet fitter, you could progress to become a team leader or supervisor, or go into estimating, contract management or buying.
Alternatively, you could set yourself up as self-employed.