Star Program Courses

The April deadline for taking STAR qualifying Continuing Education Classes will be upon us quickly.  We all know safety is paramount and STAR qualifying courses train our members to work safely.  Please look at our schedule and get signed up for a course that could put you in a new pickup to drive to work, on a new 4 wheeler for the trail, on a guided fishing trip or in front of a new flat screen TV.

Window Training

The FTI-UM staff has been meeting with architectural window manufacturing representatives to assess the training needs for our members in the pre-glazed window market.   Recently, Union Glazing Contractors have shown interest in expanding their markets beyond storefront and curtainwall.   Training members for pre-glazed window installation would be essential for their success in making headway into these new markets.  Many manufacturers have great interest in partnering with us to help them expand their markets and assure a quality installation of their products.

Continuing Education

Please take some time to review our upcoming course offerings on this website.  We also appreciate when members make suggestions for our course offerings.  We welcome emails or phone calls to discuss members training needs.

Industrial Painting

Industrial Painting

Our “Introduction to Industrial Painting” courses were well attended.  Students were given classroom instruction and “hands on” experience in spraying and blasting techniques used in industrial painting.  We are preparing to hold a "Abrasive Blasting” courses and will be making them part of our regular continuing education.  Attendees of this training who have 800 hours of prerequisite blasting experience may choose to test for a C7 certification during this class.   We see industrial painting as a real employment opportunity area for members in the coming year.  We hope these course offerings will put members in a position to find employment in the important infrastructure work our country needs in the coming years.

RRP and Leadworker Training

Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) training has been held and additional 8 hour classes are scheduled.  We encourage members to take this course to obtain certification to “disturb lead”.   Please check our website or call in to schedule for the class.  Additionally, we will be offering Leadworker certification which enables abatement of lead on jobsites.  We were recently approved to offer this 16 hour course after an intense application and certification process was done by the Minnesota Department of Health.  We are also certified to hold the refresher courses for Leadworkers.

Registered Apprentice Initiative

Finishing Trades Institiute of the Upper Midwest and District Council 82’s participation in the Glazier’s Registered Apprentice Initiative is on track for training to begin in September 2011.  The JATC was able to review the new curriculum and assessment tools for the program through a Webinar hosted by Dr. Thomas Pfundstein of the Finishing Trades Institute (FTI).  The assessment piece of this program is a critical item since it will enable us to measure the success of our instruction and hands on training.  Our final steps to get the program off the ground are to get approval from the Minnesota Department of Labor for our new model standards developed by the FTI.