Floor Coverer

Join the IUPAT Floor Covering Apprenticeship Program!
Learn your new career in the IUPAT – and get paid for it!

IUPAT Floor Coverers are thoroughly trained to be the best and most qualified installation professionals for all commercial and industrial floor-covering projects.

Using a wide array of measuring, cutting and installation tools and industry techniques, our floor coverers are able to precisely install carpet, tile, vinyl, wood and other materials – which are decorative and usually also serve an important function in a building or room.

The materials floor coverers’ install can also sound proof, absorb shocks and create air-tight environments.

Benefits of Being an IUPAT Floor Coverer

Health Insurance

Painters and Allied Trades members and their families are eligible to participate in our affiliate health insurance plans.


The Painters and Allied Trades Industry Pension Fund provides you with a secure retirement plan. Members qualify for full retirement benefits at age 55 with 30 years of credited service.

Representation on the Job

Your union will make certain your rights are protected on the job. That means you’ll get paid what you’re supposed to get paid, on time. It also means you’ll have the right training and equipment to get the job done safely.

Continuing Education

All members of the IUPAT are eligible to pursue advanced career training and even college credits in our program. The Finishing Trades Institute offers continuing education programs for its members that allow them to earn college credits toward an Associate or Bachelor’s Degree.

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Earn While You Learn

As an IUPAT floor coverer apprentice, you will work in the classroom and in the training lab...but you will also be using your new skills on-the-job...earning a wage at the same time.

What's more, as you progress in the apprenticeship program, you will also earn raises in pay.

Training and Education

The Finishing Trades Institute is the training and education department for the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades. The FTI FLOORCOVERING oversees the Floor Coverers apprenticeship training program. FTI FLOORCOVERING introduces only qualified apprentice candidates into the industry and pays them as they learn the floor covering trade through an intensive 4-year, hands-on apprenticeship.

The FTI will not only give you the skills to do your job, it will make sure you do your job safely. The IUPAT requires all of its new members to undergo extensive safety training to make certain our job sites are the safest in the industry.