Apprentice Program

What is a Registered Apprentice Program?

 Registered Apprenticeship is a program of the United States Department of Labor that connects job seekers looking to learn new skills with employers looking for qualified workers. Employers, employer associations, and joint labor-management organizations, known collectively as "sponsors", provide apprentices with paid on-the-job learning and academic instruction that reflects industry needs. The goal of such instruction is to provide workers with advanced skillsets that meet the specific needs of their employers. 

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How to Apply


Apprenticeships at Florida Finishing Trades Institute in Orlando are open to anyone living in Florida who is at least 16 years age (with parental consent) with a high school diploma (or equivalent) and reliable transportation. Entry requirements can be flexible for those who are willing to learn! 


  • Must be a US Resident
  • Must Read, Write and Speak English
  • Must have reliable transportation
  • Must be willing and able to work outdoors in various weather conditions
  • Must be willing and able to work in various building structures. Included but not limited to high rise buildings.


If you are interested in learning more information regarding the apprenticeship trade skills through our Department of Education Certified programs fill out the online application with the link provided. Here you will be prompted to create a username and password. Once you complete the application, print it out and take it to the appropriate regional office along with your government issued ID card, and Social Security Card. 



Commerical and Industrial Painters

Painters and Decorators apply decorative and protective finishes in residential, commercial, institutional and industrial settings. They prepare a variety of surfaces (wood, masonry, drywall, plaster, concrete, synthetics, stucco and metal) prior to the application of materials such as paint, high performance coatings, waterproofing, fireproofing, varnish, shellac, wall coverings and special decorative finishes. They also cover the scenic paintings including painting sculptures, design. They will build and refine their color mixing, sampling, layout, trompe l’oeil, and faux finishing skills through work on productions and various work opportunities.



 An Architectural Glass and Metal technician, called a Glazier, is responsible for selecting, cutting, installing, replacing, and removing all types of glass. Work in the glazing field includes both residential and commercial projects.  Residential projects may include replacing a home’s window glass to improve energy efficiency, installing glass mirrors, shower doors and fitting glass for tabletops and display cases. Commercial interior glazing projects include installing items such as heavy, decorative room dividers or security windows. Other glazing projects may involve replacing storefront windows for establishments such as supermarkets, auto dealerships or banks.



Drywall Finisher

 Drywall finishers (or tapers) prepare unfinished interior drywall panels for painting by taping and finishing joints and imperfections. Drywall consists of a thin layer of gypsum between two layers of heavy paper; it is used on walls and ceilings in most buildings today because it is faster to apply than plaster and gives a professional finish when completed. 


Tradeshow - Event Decorator , Sign and Display

Fabricate vinyl, electric signs & banners, and create displays for the trade show industry. Workers in the Sign & Display industry put the finishing touch on the location and what is housed in a shopping center or building. They also engage our senses with the art of display using neon, vinyl, plastics, wood, glass and steel. They install and service the signage that marks our shops, restaurants, colleges and office buildings. They work with metal fabricating equipment, neon glass bending, shaping and electric wiring to create state of the art signs. Vinyl signs and banners are designed, laid out and created by these highly skilled workers. 

Existing Apprentices


Block Schedule

For current block classes, please check the events calendar or speak with your training coordinator.

On the job Training

To be an apprentice with FLFTI you must complete OJT. All existing apprentices must have completed and signed OJT books every six months from your foreman. Please turn in your OJT book to your training coordinator.


During block classes there are certain expectations we have for all apprentices, included but not limited to the following:


  • Must be punctual
  • Must attentive
  • Must have proper attire
  • Must come willing to learn


For a complete tool list please view the apprentice rules and locate the tools you need for your specific trade.


If you have a question regarding your trade, please reach out to your training coordinator.


Required forms and documents

Standards of Apprenticeship (pdf)


Apprentice Rules 2007 (doc)