Apprenticeship Training

The Finishing Trades Institute of the Upper Midwest (FTI-UM) opens you to the varied and growing Finishing Trades industries with apprenticeship training.  To qualify for these training programs, you must:

  • be at least 18 years of age;
  • have a high school diploma or GED;
  • be physically able to work in the selected trade;
  • have reliable transportation;

The following FTI-UM Apprenticeship Programs are all registered with the Minnesota Department of Labor and North Dakota Department of Labor where applicable.  Each of them require three (3) years of training that consists of 432 Related Training hours and at least 6,000 On-the-Job Training Hours.  Please contact the MFT Office regarding the current Tuition prices per semester.

Painting & Wallcovering Program

Painters and wallcovering professionals work in a wide variety of commercial and industrial environments on projects that last from a few days to several months. Painting and wallcovering apprentices learn blueprint reading, surface preparation, color harmony, wood finishing, use and care of state-of-the-art tools and equipment, spray painting, decorative finishing wallcovers, and health and safety regulations.

In 2009, FTI-UM delivered a 7-week Painting Pre-Apprenticeship Program that was held Monday through Friday from 7:00 am - 1:30 pm for a total of 210 Related Training hours.  Those participants successfully completing this program are eligible for the Painting and Wallcovering Apprenticeship Program once they have acquired a job with a signatory contractor.

Drywall Finishing Program

Drywall finishers, also known as tapers, begin their work once drywall installation is complete. Finishers tape and apply joint compound to prepare walls for paint, wallcovering, or other finishes. Apprentices learn blueprint reading, surface preparation, drywall finishing, use and care of state-of-the-art tools and equipment, and health and safety regulations.

Glazing & Glassworking Program

Glaziers are skilled craftspeople who install and repair glass-related products in commercial and residential buildings. Glaziers work with glass, mirrors, architectural aluminum window and door framing, shower and bath enclosures, automatic doors, plastics, exterior panels, sealants, and other related products.

Glassworkers are also skilled craftspeople who custom fabricate glass, mirrors, shower and bath enclosures, and architectural aluminum. Their finished products are installed by glaziers in residential and commercial settings. Glassworkers are typically employed in production or fabricating facilities working with glass and metal equipment.

Sign, Display, Screen Process, and Tradeshow Working Programs

Sign and display craftspeople design, construct, paint and erect signage and trade show exhibits composed of metal, vinyl, glass, wood, neon, and plastic. These products are widely used in commercial settings. Apprentices specialize in a particular segment of this industry (e.g., graphic design, fabrication, silk screening, etc.). Apprentices learn blueprint reading, surface preparation, use and care of state-of-the-art equipment, and health and safety regulations.