AAS – Politics in the Community

09/05/2018 - 12/19/2018

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Registration for this class is only for those already in enrolled in the Associate of Applied Science in Construction Technologies degree program.

For more information on the AAS  - Construction Technologies degree or to enroll, please contact the FTIUM training office.

This course is required and will fulfill your Social Science Requirement.

This course will focus on local, national and international politics and how it affects community. The course will utilize current events to propel discussions in politics and the role of the union. Students will develop and utilize problem solving skills in this course.


MSHA Refresher -Duluth –

03/16/2018 - 03/16/2018

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MSHA Refresher – Duluth

Friday February 16, 2018 - Friday February 16, 2018

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7:00am - 3:30pm


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Pre-Apprenticeship Training Commercial and Industrial Painting

The Finishing Trades Institute of the Upper Midwest is looking candidates to enroll in a Commercial and Industrial Painting pre-apprenticeship training program April 16, 2012 – May 11, 2012.  This program provides opportunity for students to gain apprenticeships with Minnesota or North Dakota Union Painting Contractors wanting to expand their workforce. As an apprentice you can work a union job for pay while attending school to become a skilled trades-person.  The 160 hours of training is scheduled for 7:00 am – 3:30 pm Monday-Friday.  Candidates’ must be 18 years of age, have a Drivers License and a reliable means of transportation, a High School Diploma or be on schedule to complete a GED within one year and a good attendance record.  No guarantee of employment is made.  Please email your resume including work and school history by March 30, 2012 to get an interview scheduled.

Funding recommendation by Board of Trustees

FTI~UM’s Board of Trustees approved and published a funding recommendation for bargaining parties when the approved their annual budget.  The recommendation is that bargaining parties “consider at least a 1% of package contribution to the Finishing Trades Institute of the Upper Midwest“.   The recommendation also carried that “language specifically reflecting the percentage, rather than specific cents per hour be incorporated into the CBA’s”.  The recommendation’s intention is to give guidance to bargaining parties that aligns with the current and near future funding needs to carry out the training strategy of the Board of Trustees.  The current recommendation of 1% is at the same level as recommended last year.  Currently most of the current CBA’s are at or above the 1% level, however, several CBA’s have not reached the 1% level of funding yet.


The first LUC Pro 10 course was very well received by 36 members who obtained their certification with the 10 hours of training completed on February 27th & 28th. The curriculum contains training that targets professionalism beyond the technical skills on the job.  Labor History, Project Management, Supervisor Training Program and Survival of the Fittest are examples of some of the IUPAT’s “professional” curriculum we deliver to our members.   PRO-10’s, a Labor-Users-Contractors (LUC) initiative, sole goal is to improve and further the union construction industry.  PRO-10’s objective is to go beyond technical skills and develop cooperation and understanding of each other’s role in an effort to maintain and grow market share. PRO-10 training is now mandatory on PRO-10 jobsites and the expectation is that customers will soon be making PRO-10 part of their bid specifications.  Much of our current training can fulfill up to 60% of the class time needed to achieve PRO-10 certification.  Over 1000 construction union members have obtained their LUC Pro 10 certification so far.

Registered Apprentice Initiative and New Hybrid Standards

The Minnesota Department of Labor, Apprenticeship Division approved the new hybrid standards for glazing in June 2011.  These new standards call for advancement based on a combination of “On the Job Learning” hours and assessments administered by the Glaziers Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (JATC).  We are proud to not only be the first IUPAT training center to have approved hybrid standards, but also  the first organization of any trade to have approved hybrid standards in the State of Minnesota.  Apprentices will advance only after having passed an “Apprentice Advancement Review” done bi-annually by the JATC at the end of each term.   The staff is excited to work with this new type of training standards and is looking forward the other JATC’s adopting these new hybrid standards for training all our trades

Training Floor News

The drywall finishing training area was recently renovated with new sheet rock.  Sheetrock can only be washed off and reused for several years.  The sheetrock has a special coating applied that allows it to be washed off at the end of the training day.  The area includes many types of angles, soffits and radiuses that replicate most of the jobsite conditions encountered by drywall finishers.  The area is mostly used for bead work and second and third coatings.  Instructor Jim Lenton is looking forward to training in the refurbished area.

New continuing education classes have been established recently.  Some of the new classes include; Lull & Forklift, Certification Class for Aerial Lifts and Lead Abatement Worker.

Upon recommendation by the FTI~I, our First Aid/CPR training is now associated with the American Heart Association (AHA).  With AHA we provide a two year certification rather than a one year.

Industrial Painters should consider taking a welding or welding refresher course this year to expand or maintain their skills.

Name Change

The Minnesota Finishing Trades Training Trust’s Board of Directors approved a name change to for our training organization to Finishing Trades Institute of the Upper Midwest.   The new name better reflects our geographic impact, our mission as an institute of higher learning and enhances our future recruiting ability.  The name change will include a new logo and a closer affiliation with the Finishing Trades Institute – International.   The staff looks forward to this new identity.