Florida Finishing Trades Institute

Apprenticeships. Training. Education. 

(407) 852-3977

About Us


 The men and women of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) work mainly in what are called the Finishing Trades – commercial and industrial painting, glazing (glass), floor covering installation, drywall finishing and sign and display, tradeshow. However, these are only a few of the crafts in which our proud members make a successful living. 

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Our Mission

An apprentice  looking at the IUPAT lion painted on while wall outside.

 To advise, assist, and coordinate in the training and development of a skilled, educated, and productive workforce for the finishing trades industries. 


 The Finishing Trades Institute (FTI) is the education department for the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades and the Finishing Contractors Association. The FTI’s core purpose is to develop and expand a qualified and competitive work force for the finishing trades industries and oversee the apprenticeship training program where those who wish to enter our trades learn their craft. The FTI not only provides the necessary skills to do the job right the first time, but also provides the training to do it safely. 


New Apprentice

For those looking to learn more about an apprenticeship opportunity at FLFTI the link below.


Existing Apprentices

Want to know when block class begins? Have a question? Check out the apprentice tab for more information.


Fit Test

We offer fit test to those who are members of the District Council 78. Please check the Events calendar for dates and times. (Must have member ID)

Star Classes

Journeyman upgrade classes are available at our different facilities across Florida. We highly recommend attending one of these courses to help farther your career. Click the link below for program qualifications.



Looking for more info regarding journeymen upgrade classes? Check the Events calender. 


Training Coordinators


Terrance Thompson  tthompson@dc78.org

Industrial Coating and Lining Application Specialist

Paul Orvosh   porvosh@dc78.org

Painter - Decorator

Billy Thomas  bthomas@dc78.org

Tradeshow-Event Decorator, Sign and Display

Chris Jones    cjones@dc78.org


Star classes, Block classes and other events.

No upcoming events.


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Contact Us

While we are always here to help, please be aware that you should contact us by phone or email prior to visiting the office as most of the staff travels daily.  

Florida Finishing Trades Institute

2153 West Oak Ridge Road, Orlando, FL 32809

(407) 852-3977


If you have any questions please email us. We typically Respond within 24 - 48 hours. If the matter is urgent please contact the main office.