The FTI Mission Statement

To serve and advance the finishing trades industries through the development and dissemination of educational resources, training, and related services that help affiliates to administer, promote and sustain industry-driven programs that support a culture of lifelong learning for professionals in the finishing trades industries.

About Us

The Finishing Trades Institute (FTI) is the education department for the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades and the Finishing Contractors Association. The FTI’s core purpose is to develop and expand a qualified and competitive work force for the finishing trades industries and oversee the apprenticeship training program where those who wish to enter our trades learn their craft. The FTI not only provides the necessary skills to do the job right the first time, but also provides the training to do it safely.

FTI headquarters

The FTI offers journey worker upgrade and retraining as well as trade and product-specific “train-the-trainer” programs to prepare our instructors to effectively deliver important and up-to-date training and knowledge to the trades men and women in our over 29 district councils across the United States and Canada.

The Curriculum & Instruction Department of the FTI designs and develops trade-specific courses and course materials as well as provides other relevant learning programs and opportunities for our members and affiliates. Aiming to stay at the cutting edge of technology, the Curriculum & Instruction Department incorporates technology and multimedia resources into the development of course materials for immediate and widespread dissemination and implementation to its regional training centers through the use of a Learning Management System (LMS). The department stays abreast of initiatives and trends in the construction industry in order to provide relevant and employable job skills to its members and provides train-the-trainer classes for its instructors across the nation.

The IUPAT is headquartered in Hanover, MD and is home to the FTI International Training Center and a 36-room residence hall for visiting students and member meetings. The state-of-the-art training facility provides 52,000 square feet of office and training space, and contains six classrooms, a flexible lab, and a hands-on training area. The training center is equipped with multimedia projectors, flip charts, white boards, TV/DVD, multimedia recording and microphone capabilities as well as laptops, personal laptop connections and Internet services.

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The flexible lab and training area provides 10 welding booths, 2 abrasive blast booths, 4 spray booths, a simulated steel structure for rigging and hoisting and other operations, a confined space tank, male and female locker rooms, and floor space for constructing various decontamination facilities, containment, and mock-ups for reduction strategies. The facility is equipped with all of the necessary tools and materials and mock-up rooms to perform the approved techniques.

The FTI exists to provide IUPAT members with the skills they need to have a fulfilling and rewarding career in the finishing trades. Learn more about the FTI and its education and training programs throughout this website.

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More Facts

The Bureau of Labor Statistics says that construction managers made $93,900 a year on average as of May 2011.
The highest-paid 10 percent of managers earned over $149,070 a year, while the lowest-paid 10 percent made less than $50,650.
Fifty percent of construction managers earned between $64,780 and $112,020 a year.
An average union construction worker makes more than the average computer worker and has better benefits than the average big company employee.
Construction work employs more people in North America than most any other industry.
Union construction commands higher wages, better health, welfare, and pension benefits, more political influence, better working conditions, more bargaining power, and money for training.
According to the National Association of Home Builders, 8.7 million Americans worked in construction as of 2010.
As of 2010, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that the median wage for basic construction laborers was $29,280 a year.
The FTI and its regional training centers provide craft-specific training, education, and on-the-job learning opportunities in 8 apprenticeable crafts.
FTI instructors are craft experts trained in the development and use of instructional aides, communication skills and classroom organizational techniques, as well as adult learning principles.
The FTI uses a DOL approved program of study for each of the trades it represents.
Students of the FTI learn through classroom instruction and hands-on skills practice with industry experts.
FTI students are employable.
You will be trained to work according to safe work practices and to recognize health and safety hazards to yourself, your co-workers, and the surrounding environment.
An average union construction worker makes more than the average computer worker and has better benefits than the average big company employee.
Construction work employs more people in North America than most any other industry.
Union construction commands higher wages, better health and welfare benefits, full employment, more political influence, better pension benefits, better working conditions, more bargaining power, and more money for training.
According to the National Association of Home Builders, 8.7 million Americans worked in construction as of 2010.
As of 2010, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that the median wage for basic construction laborers was $29,280 a year.