Welcome to the Finishing Trades Institute of the Upper Midwest

The Finishing Trades institute of the Upper Midwest serves current and potential workers in the finishing trades industry throughout Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and western Wisconsin. FTI-UM provides training and career opportunities in four primary industries.

* Painting and Wallcovering
* Drywall Finishing
* Glazing and Glassworking
* Sign, Display, Screen Process, and Tradeshow Working

Nationally recognized as a leader in finishing trades education, FTI-UM offers you the opportunity to enhance your skill sets, initiate and complete your apprenticeship, or achieve a journey worker continuing education and certification through a complete educational program designed to fit your schedule and needs. FTI-UM programs allow you to "Earn While You Learn", and build yourself a strong future in the finishing trades industry. Instruction is available in the following distinct areas.

* OSHA Safety Training - OSHA-10 and OSHA-30
* American Red Cross 1st Aid/CPR/AED Certification and Refresher Training
* Skills Training
* Continuing Education
* On-the-job Training
* Product Training
* General Career Training
* AWS Welding Refresher and Certification Training

FTI-UM is committed to helping you become a highly trained worker who will be able to command higher pay and better benefits, and be increasingly in demand in the finishing trades industry. FTI-UM strives to create the most skilled, safety- conscious workers in today’s increasingly competitive marketplace.

Learn more about staff, services, apprenticeship training, and journey worker training opportunities, and how you can make a wise investment in a finishing trades career. Get started today by applying for your finishing trades training or Continuing Education training.

FTI-UM has built a strong partnership with the following organizations, providing quality training to their members.

District Council 82
Minnesota Drywall and Plasterers Association
Minnesota Painting and Wallcovering Employees Association
Twin Cities Glass Association

Important Dates

Continuing Education/STAR classes are filling up quickly. 


STAR requirements must be completed before April 30th.





click here to REGISTER ONLINE

Continuing Education Schedule  Printable schedule (pdf)

Student Information

Upcoming Apprenticeship Training

First Semester Students beginning in January, please check your email for important announcements and your schedules!


Ongoing – Active Apprentices will receive individualized schedules according to program.

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