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 technicians and convention workers.
Complete educational programs designed to fit your schedule and needs
Drywall finishers (or tapers) prepare unfinished interior drywall panels for painting by taping and finishing joints and imperfections.
Glassworkers fabricate aluminum doors and windows, insulated glass units, show doors, mirrors and glass tabletops.
Painters and wall covering professionals work in commercial and industrial environments, from small to large scale projects.
Sign and display craft persons design, construct, paint and erect signage and trade show exhibits using a wide range of materials.
Tradeshow workers assemble and build exhibits in shops, as well as install and dismantle them at show locations.
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In the heart of the upper Midwest
State-of-the-art training Facility
FTI’s investment into our state-of-the-art training facility provides tremendous opportunity for our tradespeople, whether they are just starting out as an apprentice or a seasoned worker seeking professional development – ensuring that FTI students are ready to take on any job.
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”