Professional flooring specialists provide durable, safe and quality coverings for residential and commercial locations.

Job Prospects

Very good

Total Fees


Time to qualify

2–3 years

Career opportunities

Floor covering installer, supervisor, project manager, business owner, retail sales, retail sales manager, manufacturing, sales representative


What flooring professionals do

Flooring professionals work on new building projects or existing structures where they install and replace/renew flooring. They require a sound understanding of how to prepare surfaces, what products to use and how to install various floor coverings, such as: carpet, vinyl, resin, synthetic, and timber.

Working in a flooring retail store requires an understanding of floor planning and design.

There's a lot of skill and hard work involved in laying a timber floor. 17 yr old John is about to find out what it's like.

Simon from Manurewa High School finds out what it's like to be a resin flooring applicator and spends the day with Steve Haddock from European Floor Toppings.

Flooring qualifications

BCITO manages flooring apprenticeships. In your apprenticeship you will be working towards one of the following qualifications:

You’ll work under an experienced flooring professional who'll provide on-job coaching and support throughout your apprenticeship. You'll also receive the guidance of a BCITO training advisor.

The National Certificate in Flooring Level 4 requires that you attend block courses for assessment.

There are no strict entry requirements, although it will help if you have good maths and english skills – you need to be able to understand instructions, and work out measurements, quantities and angles.

Your apprenticeship is the start of a professional career

Flooring isn't just a job – it's a professional career. By doing an apprenticeship and getting qualified, you're setting yourself up for ongoing employment as a well-paid tradesperson.You’ll also open up opportunities to do further study in supervision or site management, go to university, or start a business and train your own apprentices.