The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades and its employers established the iFTI to provide ongoing education and training for all of our union members. An IUPAT apprenticeship is where careers in the finishing trades start.
Apprenticeship programs are designed to give you the advanced practical skills and knowledge you need to achieve success. During your apprenticeship, you’ll learn through an approach that combines classroom instruction and on-the-job learning. You’ll complete a minimum of 144 hours of classroom instruction as well as the required minimum on-the-job hours per year of apprenticeship as mandated by the U.S. Department of Labor.
Your curriculum will include an introduction to our union and the finishing trades; health and safety; and leadership and professional development. All apprentices are assessed on their knowledge, skills, and abilities in both the core and trade-specific curriculum through hands-on and written tests, as well as how they perform tasks on the job.
You’ll also have instant access to all training materials through the Finishing Trades Institute’s Learning Management System (LMS). This is a secure, web-based learning portal designed for the administration, documentation, tracking, and reporting of training programs, classroom and online events, e-learning programs and training content.
The FTI curriculum and training centers constantly evolve to remain at the cutting edge of each of our trades. And while a typical apprenticeship lasts three years, if you have experience in a craft, it can be much shorter.
Automatic Door Technician
Automatic Door Technicians install, maintain and repair automatic doors, ensuring safety and functionality.
As a painter, you’ll make surfaces come alive with beautiful finishes.
As a drywall finisher, you’ll expertly prepare unfinished drywall panels.
As a floor covererer, you’ll install high-quality floors in different finishes.
As a glazier, you’ll select, cut and install all types of glass.
Hazmat Workers ensure safe construction practices.
As an industrial painter, you will apply coatings to protect vital structures.
Sign & Display Worker
As a sign and display worker, you’ll create projects from window lettering to neon.