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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"Our time the IUPAT Training Institute has been everything that a manufacturer would want to have. The Trainers brought in from all over the United States and Canada were enthusiastic, engaged, attentive and completely immersed in learning every detail of the Johnsonite products that we trained on. It is a valuable partnership that has been forged with the IUPAT and we are excited at Johnsonite to be a part of this training program. We look forward to a lasting relationship with the IUPAT."

Richard Schmidt
Technical Specialist

"As a resilient flooring manufacturer, Forbo Flooring Systems clearly understands the importance of successful installations as a critical component of the ultimate success of our company. Forbo is very pleased to have the opportunity to support and partner with the FTI FloorCovering program and all of the efforts of the FTI in the training of resilient flooring installers. Programs such as this are of tremendous benefit to the flooring industry as a whole, and to product manufacturers in particular."

Frank Wiggins
Technical Services Manager
Forbo Flooring NA
Hazleton, PA

"Altro/Compass recommends and endorses the IUPAT and the FTI FloorCovering initiative. Do it once, do it right ... use FTI FloorCovering trained installers."

Edwin E. "Skip" Johnson III
Technical Services Manager
Compass Flooring
Altro Americas

"Ardex and W.W. Henry recognize the importance of installer training and having skilled craftsmen installing our materials so that the result is a successful installation. FTI FloorCovering provides the kind of training necessary to ensure that an installation is completed in accordance with manufacturer's recommendations. We fully embrace and support the comprehensive and in depth training programs and we appreciate the opportunity to work with FTI FloorCovering in developing new curriculums."

Seth Pevarnik
Director of Technical Service
Ardex Engineered Cements
The W.W. Henry Company
Aliquippa, PA