Be prepared to succeed.

The Finishing Trades Institute of the Upper Midwest is an industry leader in training our members to be the safest, most productive workforce available. The difference between our industry leading training and what you'll find at a traditional college or university is you start here with a career. Unlike those traditional educational/training models that only sell the dream of a career, our members start with the career. Our Apprentices and recent graduates have an option to earn an Associates Degree in Construction Technology. We are the only building trades training program in the nation that can offer this in house. Graduates can expect a future filled with ladders of opportunity in the finishing trades industries. 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 many opportunities. Enhance your skill sets, initiate and complete your apprenticeship, or achieve a journey worker continuing education and certification. You'll have access to a complete educational program designed to fit your schedule and needs. FTI-UM programs allow you to earn-while-you-learn, and build 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
  • Associates Degree in Construction Technology

If you're ready to be a highly trained worker able to command higher pay and better benefits, now's the time to check out what the FTI-UM has to offer. You'll have the opportunity to be among the most skilled, safety-conscious workers in today’s increasingly competitive marketplace.

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