Finishing Trades Institute of New York


Apprenticeship Eligibility

Apprenticeship applicants, before being accepted as Apprentices, must be able to meet the following requirements:
  • Applicants shall fill in the application form in person.
  • Must be 18 years of age.
  • Must produce their high school diploma or GED.
  • Demonstrate evidence of ability to reach remote job sites.
  • Must produce proper identification
  • Applicants must be physically able to perform the work required of the trade
The apprenticeship program consists of on-the-job training and related classroom instruction. Apprentices must attend classroom training and maintain a satisfactory attendance record.


As a member of District Council No. 9 many benefits will be available to you, including fair wages and a benefit package. Along with these benefits, you will have the chance to upgrade you skill on many different levels during you career at our training center. All skills upgrade courses are a benefit to all our members. Every instructor is certified and trained to instruct each class they teach. Each apprentice has the opportunity for advancement in the field. Shop Stewards, Foremen, Estimators, Supervisors and Union Officer all come from the rank and file of District Council No.9. Monthly Local Union Meeting held in each geographic area of the voice in all business conduct by the District Council and International Union of Painters and Allied Trades.
  • Apprentices are employed workers. They are given regular wage increases and diversified training.
  • Apprentices learn a skill that lets them and their family enjoy a good standard of life.
  • Apprentices are paid good wages while they learn the trade.
  • Our members are part of one of the most politically active unions in New York City.
Trade   Trade Description   Length of App Program   1st Year Wages   School Schedule  
Structural Steel & Bridge Painters   The work consists of building and dismantling containments, lead abatement and blasting and painting of Structural and Bridges.   3 Years   $17.20   Night  
Glaziers   The work consists of setting, removal, cutting and handling of all forms of glass. The caulking of all glass, metal and stone in the glazing system. Installation of all metal frames, storefront windows skylights. The Driving of trucks and hoisting of materials.   4 Years   $15.60   Night  
Metal Polishers   The work consists of polishing metals, bronze, brass, aluminum, stainless steel, etc. Examining surfaces for repair. Cleaning, stripping, sanding and buffing of surfaces. Repairing of breaks prior to refinishing. Brushing and spraying lacquer on finished surfaces.   3 Years   $11.00   Day/Night  
Painter   Painting houses, commercial buildings, outside windows, stairs, and apartment buildings, etc. The work is done on repaint and new construction.   4 Years   $13.20   Day  
Drywall Taper   The Work consists of preparing panels for painting by taping and finishing joints and imperfections, measuring, cutting and fit pieces for doors, windows and outlets and other architectural surfaces, gluing, and screwing wall board to the frame.   3 Years   $15.93   Day  

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