The Finishing Trades Institute (FTI) is the innovative and unique worker training program of the union floor covering industry, a unique and progressive partnership of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (I.U.P.A.T.) and its partnering contractors throughout North America.


FTI is committed to helping meet the demands of floor covering contractors for a productive, skilled workforce by providing unsurpassed training and education opportunities.


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Experts in All Floor Covering Applications


FTI FLOORCOVERING member/installers are thoroughly trained and certified in all aspects of floor covering products, methods, and techniques, including:


  • Carpet
  • Linoleum
  • Vinyl & Luxury Vinyl products
  • Rubber sports, athletic facility, gymnasium, and similar materials
  • Engineered/laminated/pre-finished wood
  • Artificial turf & synthetic grass
  • Concrete leveling, Sealing & Moisture barriers


Our Members/Contractors work in all environments and Applications:


  • Commercial
  • Residential
  • Institutional
  • Hospitals
  • Schools
  • High Tech
  • Cleanrooms


Installation on floors, walls, ceilings, stairs, fixtures, furnishings; exterior applications on structures, patios, pool perimeters, sports fields, area ways, all other like or similar applications, whether permanent or temporary.


FTI FLOORCOVERING member contractors and their installers are prepared to execute all phases of any floor covering project.

  • Measuring, cutting, fabrication, packaging, pickup, delivery and handling of materials and tools that are used by the floor covering industry.
  • Preparatory removal of floor covering, wall covering, adhesive and underlayments. The sanding, patching, sealing, and priming of the installation surface.
  • Installing lining felt, carpet, pad, underlayment compositions, leveling compounds, or any material used as a base for the finished surface.
  • Application and fitting of fasteners, protective and decorative trim relating to the installation such as tackless, tape, nosing, top set or butt-to-base, cap, corner beads, edging, hinging, and all other accessories, and related sundries.
  • Repairing, finishing, coating, sculpturing, insets, and other processes relating to the floor covering industry.