Mission Statement

Finishing Trades Institute of the Upper Midwest is an educational institute dedicated to developing professional tradespeople, advancing their skills and certifying their qualifications in the Upper Midwest.  Our learners include Commercial and Industrial Painters, Drywall Finishers, Glaziers, Glassworkers, Sign and Display Technicians, and Tradeshow Workers.

FTI-UM exists to serve a number of purposes:

To supply all signatory contractors with highly skilled workers including apprentices, journeypersons, supervisors, project managers, etc.

  • To facilitate a unique learning environment with varying instructional objectives and technologies.
  • To provide activities and resources that foster a positive, comprehensive training environment.
  • To provide career advancement through classroom instruction as well as shop and field experiences.
  • To provide continuing education and training in the form of Journeyperson Continuing Education classes.

Apprentice development and progression is achieved by partaking in classes such as Health and Safety, Blueprint Reading, Mathematics, and Leadership and Foreperson Training to name a few.

With a state of the art training center, we specialize in complete training for Coating Application Specialists, Commercial Painter and Wall Coverers, Drywall Finishers, Glaziers, and Glassworkers.  Men and women are afforded comprehensive curriculum and unequaled training.

It is impressed upon our students the realization that acquiring vital trade specific skills is necessary in securing and maintaining fair wages, health and pension benefits, and favorable working conditions.

Complete Educational Programs

The FTI-UM’s vision is unparalleled.

Our comprehensive training programs are a collaborative effort designed to supply our union contractors and associations the most uniquely qualified workforce, now and into the future.

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FTI Testimonials

“These are some of the best trained skilled crafts people in the industry, not only have they worked in the crafts and out in the field on job sites but they engage with the union family and union membership.”

- Terry Nelson, District Council 82

“FTI instructors provide us with skilled quality workers and not only do those instructors have the book smarts needed to teach proper technique but they also have direct experience in the field.”

- Clark Anderson, CFO - Swanson Youngdale

“The instructors are great, they get down to a personal level. They take their knowledge and implement it into the classroom and hands-on training.”

- Kyle Paulson, Glazier Apprentice

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Finishing Trades Institute of the Upper Midwest is an educational institute dedicated to developing professional tradespeople, advancing their skills and certifying their qualifications in the Upper Midwest. Our learners include Commercial and Industrial Painters, Drywall Finishers, Glaziers, Glassworkers, Sign and Display Technicians, and Tradeshow Workers.

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