Earn More Money

Enjoy Good Benefits

Earn a Pension

Receive Safety Training

Learn a Trade

Earn College Credits

Getting hired in today’s tough job market requires advanced training or education. That can often mean that you’ll be faced with a mountain of student loan debt or owe service in the military before you are able to start earning a full income or building your financial security through savings.

Fortunately for you, the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades offers the opportunity to not only get the training you need for a successful professional and personal life, but also start earning pay and benefits now – on the job – while you receive your training. We call it Earn While You Learn!

And – as a member of the IUPAT working on the job, you not only receive skills and safety training, but you will also enjoy health insurance, a pension and other retirement savings opportunities like an annuity or 401k as well.

Is a College Degree in Your Plans? We Have You Covered!

The IUPAT and its Finishing Trades Institute have a partnership with Mountwest Community and Technical College and the National Labor College in which our members can earn an Associate or Bachelor Degree. You can even earn up to 40 college credits by completing your apprenticeship!

Take a look to the left section and see just some of the great career paths the IUPAT offers you, or watch this short video about being a member in the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades.

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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.