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.

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

Sources: *School websites

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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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