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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Training and Education


Our knowledge is your assurance that your project is done right.


Finishing Trades Institute (FTI) FLOORCOVERING provides the industry's highest quality and most comprehensive floor covering installation services because our workforce and contractor accredited training programs are designed in conjunction with the nationally renowned Finishing Trades Institute.


FTI FLOORCOVERING is committed to supporting these training programs because:

  • A highly skilled and well-educated workforce is SAFER on the job, and
  • Trained workers finish projects FASTER, BETTER and WITHIN BUDGET.


Local Workforce Training


Throughout North America, regional training programs are administered locally by FTI FLOORCOVERING members for qualified apprentices and skilled journeyworker craftsmen, focusing on teaching safety standards and modern trade skills.


These programs are taught in ultra-modern training centers operated by FTI FLOORCOVERING members.




FTI FLOORCOVERING introduces only qualified apprentice candidates into the industry, then we pay them as they learn the floor covering trade through an intensive 4-year, hands-on apprenticeship.


Continuing Education for Journey Workers


FTI FLOORCOVERING makes certain our entire workforce remains up-to-date and knowledgeable with all the latest industry standards by locally offering thorough upgrade training classes and seminars.


LMCI Contractor Education


Through various programs sponsored by FTI FLOORCOVERING, our member floor covering contractors are constantly presented with opportunities to better educate themselves on:

  • modern floor covering industry techniques, and
  • improved methods for operating their businesses...

...which means better service for each of our customers!