Capitol One

Carpet, Linoleum, and Soft Tile Workers cover floors, walls, counter tops and other surfaces with carpet, linoleum, vinyl, and soft tile of various materials.  They install pre-finished hardwood, PVC, and laminated flooring.  The work requires physical stamina. Most of the work is done in either  a squatting or kneeling position and involves also lifting of such heavy loads as rolls of carpet or sheet vinyl.  Manual dexterity, good hand-eye coordination, and a good sense for design and patterns are needed, as is the ability to make precise calculations and to do precision work.

The Carpet, Linoleum, and Soft Tile Worker Apprentice program involves:
  • 6000 hours (usually four years) of on-the-job training
  • 640 hours of classroom instruction
  • Occasional work outside the local area
Requirements for application:
  • A written exam consisting of eighth-grade level math is given to all applicants

We recommend that students preparing for a career in Carpet, Linoleum, and Soft Tile work take as many math classes as possible. Mechanical Drawing, any kind of shop class (to develop good hand-eye coordination), and speech class (to help develop communication skills) are also recommended.

Applicants with previous experience who wish to be evaluated for higher level entry in the apprenticeship must apply for an evaluation ON or BEFORE indenture.

Applications are accepted at:
Northern California Floor Covering Joint Apprenticeship & Training Trust Fund
2020 Williams Street, Suite A
San Leandro, CA  94577

and / or

Northern California Floor Covering Joint Apprenticeship & Training Trust Fund
865 Stillwater Road
W. Sacramento, CA. 95605
Phone: 510-785-8467

To enter the apprenticeship, applicants first obtain employment with a union signatory contractor as a floor covering handler.  Lists of signatory contractors are available from the apprenticeship office.
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