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Finishing Trades Institute of the Upper Midwest

Helena, Montana

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FTIUM Announces Helena College Courses

The Finishing Trades Institute of the Upper Midwest (FTIUM) is excited to announce that our courses at Helena College in Montana are now open for registration! 

Teaching out of Helena College Airport Campus’ lecture hall for this semester, FTIUM will be actively recruiting new students in the area. All trades will begin their first semester of classes April 18.

Don’t wait to sign up – we only have 25 slots available! 

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Apprenticeship: Build Your Future

Take your career to new heights.
Train at every step of your career.
Join a union family who has your back.

Experience FTIUM: A new model for higher education

FTIUM’s state-of-the-art programs are now available in Montana!

Innovative programming.

Instructors who care.

Training is only the beginning.

Montana’s future is in the hands of skilled tradespersons

Enroll now to build our state’s future through an apprenticeship in the finishing trades

Apprenticeship Programs:

Commercial Painters apply decorative and protective finishes in residential, commercial, institutional, and industrial settings. They prepare a variety of surfaces (wood, masonry, drywall, plaster, concrete, synthetics, stucco and metal) prior to the application of materials such as paint, high performance coatings, waterproofing, fireproofing, varnish, shellac, wall coverings and special decorative finishes.

Commercial Painter Photo

Industrial Coating and Lining Application Specialists apply techniques to prepare substrates for coating and lining application. Industrial Coating and Lining Application Specialists apply/install protective coatings and linings to steel and concrete on complex structures.

Coating Application Specialist

Drywall Finishers prepare drywall panels for painting by taping and finishing the joints and imperfections in the drywall surface.

Drywall Finisher

Glaziers are responsible for selecting, cutting, installing, replacing, and removing all types of glass. They install architectural aluminum window systems, glass handrail, mirrors, door entrances and decorative wall systems in commercial and residential buildings


Glassworkers work in manufacturing and fabrication settings. Glassworkers fabricate aluminum window systems, shower enclosures, mirrors, door entrances and manufacture glass for commercial and residential buildings.


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FTIUM is an educational institute dedicated to developing professional tradespeople, advancing their skills, and certifying their qualifications.

FTIUM Apprenticeship Programs are all registered with the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, the North Dakota Department of Labor, and the Montana Department of Labor and Industry where applicable.

Your registered apprenticeship will enable you to work on projects with all our signatory contractors based throughout the Upper Midwest.

Most apprenticeships consist of: 
  • Three (3) years of qualified earn while you learn training 
  • 432 career related training hours 
  • 6,000 On-the-Job working hours 
  • International Union of Painters and Allied Trades membership required for program participation 
  • Get the lifelong benefits and support that come with union membership  

Apprenticeship applications will be accepted on the basis that applicants have met and shown documented proof of all required minimum qualifications at the time of application.

Apprentices will be accorded equal opportunity in all phases of apprenticeship employment and training, without discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age (40 or older), genetic information or disability.

Apprenticeship applicants must meet the following minimum qualifications:

All applicants must be at least eighteen (18) years of age *except as noted below. Applicants are required to submit reliable proof of age (e.g., a driver’s license, birth certificate or other acceptable documentation).

A high school diploma or GED is required. Applicants are required to submit reliable proof of education (e.g., a high school transcript or GED scores).

All applicants must possess sufficient educational knowledge to satisfactorily complete the OJL and RI.

* A high school diploma or GED is required unless an applicant can show proof of academic progress toward achieving a High School Diploma or GED at any time during their first ten months as an apprentice. If an apprentice does not complete a High School Diploma or GED within the ten months of enrollment, the apprenticeship will be suspended or terminated.

The Applicant shall be physically capable of performing the essential functions of the apprenticeship program without posing a direct threat to the health and safety of themselves or any other individuals, with reasonable accommodations.

*An applicant who is seventeen (17) years of age and is participating in a school-to-work program or equivalent and who otherwise meets all qualifications may apply. Such an applicant must provide proof that a high school diploma or GED has been awarded and must be eighteen (18) years of age prior to being registered by the sponsor.

The applicant must be a Legal Citizen of the USA or Legal Alien authorized to work in the USA by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Proof must be shown at the time of application.

The applicant must have adequate transportation to attend On-the-Job Learning and Related Instruction classes.

All applicants must satisfy the Committee that they have the ability and aptitude to master the rudiments of the trade, based upon oral interview (if requested), written documentation submitted by applicant, and evaluation ratings.

Applicants must submit a DD-214 to verify military training and/or experience if they are a veteran and wish to receive consideration for such training/experience and/or VA benefits.

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Helena College – Airport Campus
2300 Airport Road
Helena, MT 59601

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