What Are the Requirements for a Carpet Fitter Job?


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A high school diploma or its equivalent is the minimum requirement for work as a carpet installer, which is usually the first step toward more advanced work as a carpet fitter, and experience is generally not necessary because most employers provide on-the-job training. Carpet installers and fitters need basic math skills and the ability to make accurate measurements and interact positively with customers. The work is also physically taxing, requiring heavy lifting and long periods of standing and kneeling.

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What Are the Requirements for a Carpet Fitter Job?
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Apprenticeships in carpet installation and fitting offer an opportunity for earning money while learning the profession at the same time. Carpet retailers, contractors and related national associations offer these two-to-three-year programs.

Some states require that carpet installers be licensed as contractors and/or by area of specialty, such as commercial or residential carpet installation. Voluntary certification is available for entry-level and advanced carpet installers through the Certified Flooring Installers organization. Entry-level certification requires two years of work experience in carpet installation, and advanced certification requires four years of experience. Both require successful completion of written, oral and hands-on skills exams. Certified installers must participate in continuing education programs twice yearly to maintain their certification.

In May 2014 the average hourly wage for carpet installers was $17.25, and $35,880 was the average yearly wage, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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