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FTI MISSION STATEMENT: To serve and advance the finishing trades industries through the development and dissemination of educational resources, training, and related services that help affiliates to administer, promote and sustain industry-driven programs that support a culture of lifelong learning for professionals in the finishing trades industries.


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CAS Target Date: Dec 31, 2017

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Do YOU want to learn something new? Do you want to refresh or build new skills in a topic of interest to YOU?

If you answered YES, and you are an IUPAT Member, then you can begin your learning efforts today! Here are some of the eLearning topics available to you in the FTI LMS:


  • MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint
  • Personal Finance
  • Project Management
  • Time Management
  • Setting Goals
  • Business Communications
  • Business Writing
  • Winning Proposals
  • Coaching/mentoring
  • Handling Customer Conflict
  • Networking and building business relationships
  • Managing anger and emotions


  • Ladder Safety
  • Fall Protection
  • Back Safety
  • Fire Safety/Classes & Extinguishers
  • Asbestos Awareness
  • Warning Signs and Labels

If you are interested in taking any of these eLearning courses, contact your Director of Training or your supervisor to get you started. All course completions will be recorded on your professional transcript.   




Printable Course Calendar

Are you interested in a attending training at FTI International (Hanover, MD)? Your Director of Training (DOT) needs to email and provide the course name along with your full name, preferred training date, member id, and email address. For quick processing, the email subject should be Course Registration. Important reminders:
  • Open course enrollment will close due to high registrations or within 3-4 weeks prior to beginning date. 
  • Final confirmation emails are sent 3-4 weeks before the training.
  • Please coordinate with your ATR for "By Invitation" courses. 

Click the graphic to view FTI International’s printable training calendar (updated as of 07.14.17).

NOTE for the DOT: If the training you need is not listed on the FTI Training calendar, send a training request to Include the course name, preferred date, and number of expected participants from your District Council.

 FTI Learning Management System (LMS)

The Finishing Trades Institute (FTI) Learning Management System (LMS) website is an online learning portal designed in partnership with the K-Learning group (a Kelly Company), a leading provider of online training systems for unions and associations. The FTI LMS is a secure web-based software program for the administration, documentation, tracking, and reporting of training programs, classroom and online events, e-learning programs, and training content. It is an accessible way of providing apprenticeship training course materials to FTI LMS users. 

FTI Online Libraries

The FTI Curriculum and Instruction Department, in partnership with the K-Learning group, uploaded 50 new online courses with some Spanish versions. The new lessons are interactive, contain assessments, and have reporting capabilities. They are found in the Core curriculum under 1.0 Introduction to the Union and Finishing Trades and 2.0 Health and Safety categories.

You can review additional courses for your training centers’ need and interest by clicking the K-Learning Center catalog found below. Your Director of Training needs to email to request for the courses.


Best Practices for Painting Ceilings

Master Painters Institute - Professional Coatings Insider

Back in the day, ceilings were often finished with spray textured surfaces consisting of polymeric binders or modified plaster and aggregate to create a “spatter” effect. This spatter effect helps hide flaws in the finish that otherwise might be quite visible. Current trends have shifted, especially in medium to high-end construction. Now many owners and architects tend to prefer a flat, smooth drywall ceiling surface.

We’ve discussed the challenges of obtaining a satisfactory finish with new drywall on a few occasions so it is probably no surprise that achieving a smooth, defect-free finish on a ceiling can be even more difficult. 

These defects are caused by a variation in texture and porosity between the paper coating and the drywall filling compound (paper absorbs the applied coating at different rate than the filling compound, creating an uneven surface). Generally, defects in a ceiling’s finish are only visible when viewed at an angle. Lower ceilings tend to make surface defects more visible as the viewing angle becomes more acute.


Lower ceiling

Generally, lower ceiling tend to make surface defects more visisble as the viewing angle becomes more acute.

The following list provides best practices for achieving a smooth and uniform finish when painting ceilings.
1) Backroll Sprayed Finish

Even if the initial finish was sprayed, the specification should require backrolling the primer and finish coat system. The stipple pattern of the roller can help to hide the underlying texture variations in the drywall. A ½ inch (15 mm) nap roller may offer the best and most efficient results.

2) “Blend Back” When Painting a New Section

Very large ceilings are finished in phases, and it is not reasonable to get all the paint from a single batch as is generally advocated for wall coating work. Consequently, the specification should require the painter to “blend back” the finish of each new section by shading the new topcoat back over the previous section with a spray gun. With a flat finish, this can effectively prevent a noticeable difference between sections finished at different dates with material from different batches.

3) Perform Final Inspection After Permanent Lighting Conditions are Set up 

Critical lighting conditions caused by either natural light from windows or from ceiling-mounted fixtures can accentuate surfaces defects. It is important to perform the final inspection after setting up the permanent lighting conditions for the space to determine which defects will be visible once the project is completed.
If inspection occurs when lighting is lower than the permanent conditions of the space, “new” surface defects will become visible once brighter lighting is installed. If inspection work occurs with when lighting is brighter than the permanent conditions of the space, time and money could be wasted repairing defects that will be invisible upon completion of the project.
4) Specify an ASTM Level 5 Drywall Finish

Optimal results are more likely to be achieved if the specification requires an ASTM Level 5 drywall finish (application of a skim-coat of drywall compound across the entire drywall surface).




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  • eLearning Lessons: You must have Flash Player Version 7 or higher to view some parts of eLearning courses.
  • Red Vector Courses: Students must complete the end of lesson survey and click EXIT so that the completion is reported to the LMS. Clicking X does not report to LMS. To correct this, students can open up any module in the course and click the EXIT button.

eLearning Updates

OSHA 10 and 30 are available online and on the FTI LMS. You have the option to take these courses at a place and time of your choice and within the requirements listed below. After successfully passing the course, an OSHA card will be sent to your mailing address within 4-8 weeks. To receive your OSHA card, be SURE to fill in your address and phone number once you are connected to the course. 


OSHA 10 and 30 have similar requirements:

  • The online training should be completed within 6 months from the date when you start the course.
  • The minimum passing score is 70%.
  • The student has 3 chances to pass the online quizzes. 
  • The student will be forced to take the quizzes in the order presented in the online training.
  • For OSHA 10, the student will not be allowed to log into the training for more than 7.5 hours per day; plan on a minimum of 2 days to complete the training. 
  • Students must complete the end of course survey and click the on screen end/exit button to receive a completion. Do not click the X to exit the main window.
  • OSHA 30 - session will time-out after 15 minutes of in-activity - even in the test.

To have access to these eLearning courses, your Director of Training needs to send the request to the Email the full name, course, member ID, and email address.

Click here for technical requirements if using a mobile device or tablet to take the OSHA 10 or 30.

  IUPAT 101

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Sample DC 7 Orientation eLearning

Sample DC 51 Orientation eLearning 

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