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Carpet Fitter Profile

 
Introduction

This Section of the site details information that you might find useful if you are looking to secure employment or require further details regarding working as an Carpet Fitter. This page details the following Information:-

  • Finding Suitable Work as an Carpet Fitter
  • Working Duties Expected
  • Hours and Environment
  • Working Skills Required
  • Training Requirements
  • Salary Expectations
  • Trade Information
  • Other useful Carpet Fitter Work Information


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Working Duties Expected

Carpet fitters lay new carpets and carpet tiles in homes and commercial premises such as shops, bars, restaurants and offices. The job involves visiting customers on site to measure up floor space and estimate how much carpet is needed. Before a job gets underway, the fitter will draw up a plan to make best use of materials and to ensure any patterned cuts match.

Every job is different and depends on the size and shape of each room and the type of floor covering required, but for most jobs tasks involve:

  • clearing the work area of furniture and sometimes removing doors
  • removing old carpet or flooring
  • preparing the surface by cleaning, and levelling with compound if required
  • cutting and fitting underlay
  • fixing carpet materials by one of several methods such as stretching over spiked grippers, stitching, taping, heat-sealing or gluing
  • once fitted, vacuuming and spraying the carpet with a protective coating, then moving furniture back into place and re-hanging doors.
  • Fitters may complete several jobs a day and usually work in a team of two or three people.
  • Some carpet fitters also work with other flooring materials such as wood, laminates, rubber and cork. For more information, see Floor Layer.


Hours and Environment

Most carpet fitters work a basic 39-hour week, Monday to Friday. On commercial premises, evenings, nights and weekend work is often required to minimise disruption to clients businesses.

The work involves carrying heavy carpet, moving furniture, bending, kneeling and stretching. Fitters come into contact with dust and chemical sprays, which may affect people with breathing difficulties or dust allergies.

A driving licence is useful.

Skills and Interests

To be a carpet fitter you need:

  • good practical skills
  • good numeracy skills to work out measurements and costs
  • to be physically fit to carry heavy carpet rolls
  • a polite and pleasant manner for dealing with customers
  • the ability to work quickly and accurately
  • to be aware of health and safety issues.


Entry

There are no set entry requirements, but some employers may look for some GCSEs/S grades, or equivalent, in subjects such as maths, English, and design and technology.

A three-year Construction Apprenticeship Scheme (CAS) is open to people aged between 16-25 in England and Wales, or a four-year apprenticeship in Scotland registered with the Scottish Building Apprenticeship and Training Council. Contact CITB-Construction Skills below.

To gain entry to an apprenticeship or training scheme you may have to pass a selection test.

Previous or related experience such as floor tiling or upholstery may be an advantage.

Training

Training is normally provided on the job with day or block release at local colleges or training providers leading to NVQ/SVQ qualifications. You work towards NVQs/SVQs in Floorcovering Occupations (Construction) levels 1 to 3.

Together with mandatory units, you take options from:

Textiles - tufted and woven carpeting, carpet tiles and sheeting
Impervious coverings - tile and sheet forms
Timber - wood block flooring and timber strip flooring.
The Flooring Industry Training Association (FITA) offer a range of relevant short courses, approved by the National Institute of Carpet and Floorlayers (NICF) and the Contract Flooring Association (CFA). The courses cover areas such as carpet types, floor preparation, methods and equipment, cutting and seaming techniques, and estimating and planning. For details contact FITA below.
Foundation and Advanced Modern Apprenticeships (MAPPs) may be available for people aged 16-24.
For details see: MAPPs (England); Skillseekers MAPPs (Scotland); National Traineeships MAPPs (Wales); and MAPPs (Northern Ireland).

Opportunities

Carpet fitters are employed by retail carpet shops, department stores, specialist flooring firms, interior designers, carpet showrooms and carpet manufacturers throughout the UK.

It is possible to specialise in fitting carpets in domestic properties, commercial properties or in fitting other types of floor coverings such as vinyl, tiles, and hardwoods. If working for a company, there are opportunities for promotion to supervisor or contracts manager. Many carpet fitters are self-employed, completing jobs on a contract basis.

Annual Income

Figures are intended as a guideline only. The Building and Allied Trades Joint Industrial Council (BATJIC) agrees minimum wage rates annually.

For trainees, depending on the stage of training they are at, salaries range between £7,100 to £13,000 a year.
With qualifications, fitters can earn in the region of £16,000 upwards.

Further information:

CITB-Construction Skills
Bircham Newton Training Centre
Bircham Newton
Kings Lynn
Norfolk
PE31 6RH
Tel: 01485 577577
www.citb.org.uk

Floor Industry Training Association
4c St. Marys Place
The Lace Market
Nottingham
NG1 1PH
Tel: 0115 941 1126
www.fita.co.uk



Other Useful Carpet Fitter Work Information

We have a section available at this site on Carpet Fitter job interview tips that you may find of interest should you wish to brush up your skills in this area and we also have number of career articles that may also be of use to you from within our guides and documents section.

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Milton Keynes, Newcastle, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Norfolk, North London, North Midlands, Northampton, Northamptonshire, Northern Ireland, Northumberland, Norwich, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, Oxford, Oxfordshire, Plymouth, Salisbury, Scotland, Sheffield, Shropshire, Somerset, South East, South London, South Midlands, Southampton, Staffordshire Surrey, Swansea, Swindon, Telford, Wales, Warwickshire, West End, West London, West Midlands, Worcestershire, York and throughout Yorkshire.


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