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Carpet Installation School and College Information

Some carpet installers are self-employed, while others work for an installation company in residential or commercial settings. Carpet and floor covering installation institutes and associations across the U.S. offer certificate training programs and apprenticeships.

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Carpet installers lay and fit carpet in homes and places of business. Many are trained on the job; however, installers can become certified through training and apprentice programs.

Schools with Carpet Installation Training

Institution Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition (as of 2016)*
Certified Flooring Installers Kansas City, MO Private Certification $290-$695 (varies by course)
Shaw Hospitality Group Cartersville, GA Private Certification N/A
International Standards and Training Alliance Multiple states Private Certification prep N/A
Natural Fiber Installer Certification Multiple States Private Certification $1,000-$2,500 (varies by course)
Flooring Consultants & Inspection Training Services Dalton, GA Private Continuing education credits $1395

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School Selection Criteria

Consider the following when looking for carpet installation schools:

  • Because there are no regulated national standards for carpet installation certification, aspiring installers may wish to look for programs whose standards are based on manufacturer's guidelines.
  • Programs should include problem-solving strategies and hand-sewing methods in the curricula to prepare students for corrections on the job.
  • Students should consider programs that offer renewal courses.

Training and Apprenticeship Programs in Carpet Installation

Programs vary greatly in length, from individual certification courses to 4-year apprenticeships. Longer programs cover installation beyond carpeting and can include tile, stone, artificial turf and linoleum. Certificate training programs can have levels of certification, ranging from residential to a mastery certification for those who have ten years of experience in the field. Inspector training courses are intended for supervisors. Certification exams are comprised of both written and hands-on assessment.

Students who wish to become carpet installers may look for a certification training program or an apprenticeship. When choosing a program, students should look for programs that offer hands-on training and standards based on manufacturer's guidelines.

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