Floor Covering Installer

Floor Covering Installers install, repair and replace finishing surfaces such as carpet, hardwood, laminate and cork flooring, linoleum, vinyl and other types of floor coverings in residential, commercial, industrial and institutional buildings. Floor Covering Installer is a nationally designated trade under the Inter-provincial Red Seal program. Floor Covering Installers also inspect, measure and clean the surfaces to be covered before they install the floor covering. In some cases, they correct irregular or incompatible surfaces by sanding and filling or installing suitable sub-floor structures. Underlay is often used, and a knowledge of the various underlay materials used is important. Floor Covering Installers need a thorough understanding of the products they work with and are often expected to be able to estimate the cost, type and quantities of materials required. Many of them are attracted to their job because flooring materials are typically part of the finishing touches on a construction project.

Program Updates:

The Exam Weighting Charts are available for Levels 1, 2, and show the approximate percentage of weighting per General Area of Competency (GAC).

Program Information

The documents below offer detailed information specific to this program.

  • Program Profile
  • Describes the requirements for apprentices and challengers to earn certification
  • Download(PDF 143.49 KB)
  • Program Outline
  • Guidelines for delivery of technical training at ITA Recognized Training Providers
  • Download(PDF 450.32 KB)
  • Guidelines on Interprovincial (IP) Red Seal Examination
  • Information guide about how to study for the IP Exam including sample questions
  • Download(PDF 453.74 KB)
  • Interprovincial (IP) Exam Table
  • List of tasks that will be tested and number of questions on each task
  • Download(PDF 30.3 KB)

Challenge Certification/Recognize Prior Experience

If you have significant work experience in a trade but have never been certified in Canada, you may apply to challenge the certification.


If you sponsor apprentices but have never been certified in Canada, you may request to supervise and sign-off apprentices when they are ready to be certified.

  • Instructions
  • How to Apply
  • Download(PDF 66.01 KB)
  • Application Form
  • Personal information and exams scheduling information (for challenge option)
  • Download(PDF 144.8 KB)
  • Employer Declaration
  • Document of relevant work experience
  • Download(PDF 56.13 KB)
  • Statutory Declaration
  • Attestation for self-employment/work experience when employer cannot be contacted
  • Download(PDF 80.08 KB)