Free Worker Readiness Courses: Open Now for Registration!

Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, two of our three scheduled Worker Readiness courses have been canceled. If possible, we will reschedule with new dates.  Registration is now closed.

Cohort: AUG 17 – SEPT 18, 2020 (REGISTRATION CLOSED) 

Cohort: Sept 21 – Oct 23, 2020 (REGISTRATION CLOSED) 

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To keep with reasonable and expected social distancing guidelines, our application process will take place remotely.


Next Steps After You Register

After you choose a date and complete online registration, Greg Renne, FTI UM Recruitment Coordinator, will contact you via email and/or telephone to provide further program details and the next steps in the registration process.

Worker Readiness Training and COVID-19

The FTI of the Upper Midwest (FTI UM) continues to abide by Governor Walz’s Emergency Executive Orders 20-19, and 20-20, issued on Wednesday, March 25, resulting in the FTI of the Upper Midwest’s campus remaining closed until it is safe to reopen.

We look forward to starting our August 17, 2020 program and encourage you to register NOW!

We NEED more diversity in the finishing trades! Let us support you by getting you the free training, equitable pay, and fair contracts that you deserve.

Finishing Trades Institute of the Upper Midwest is proud to offer free career training in 5 disciplines:

Commercial Painter

Commercial Painters apply paint, stain, and varnish products to the interior and exterior of commercial buildings.





Coatings Applications Specialist

Industrial Painters apply protective coatings to bridges, water towers, and steel structures.





Drywall Finisher

Drywall Finishers prepare and finish walls with joint compounds to prepare the wall for painting or wallcovering.






Glassworkers custom-fabricate architectural aluminum window frames and entrances for commercial buildings.






Glaziers install architectural aluminum window frames, glass, and entrances into commercial buildings.

This career readiness program is wholly funded as part of a $60,000 grant through the MN Dept. of Labor by a grant from the U.S Dept. of Labor. The goal of the grant funding is to address Minnesota’s racial and economic disparities by increasing female and minority participation in registered apprenticeship.


A Rewarding, Hands-On Career Awaits

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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ATTN: The FTIUM is applying for a reaffirmation of accreditation with the Commission of the C.O.E.

The Finishing Trades Institute of the Upper Midwest is applying for a reaffirmation of accreditation with the Commission of the Council on Occupational Education. If a person wishes to make comments about this reaffirmation, please write to:


Executive Director of the Commission

Council on Occupational Education

7840 Roswell Road, Business 300, Suite 325

Atlanta, Georgia 30350


(Persons making comments must provide their names and mailing addresses.)