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iFTI Updates

The latest from the International Finishing Trades Institute.
Having problems on LMS? Click HERE to let us know so we can promptly get them fixed.  In the meantime, take a look at what we've been up to on the Hanover Campus.


Third Party Courses

Effective immediately, all third party courses offered online through the iFTI LMS will be provided at a discounted cost for all IUPAT members. These third party courses include Red Vector’s OSHA 10 titles as well as the titles that span the health and safety and professional development categories of the iFTI Program of Study. Additionally, Click Safety’s online OSHA 30, Danatec’s Canadian health and safety as well as the WHMIS will incur a charge to the District Council upon enrollment in any of these courses. A list of course fees will be posted on the iFTI LMS home page in early February, as well as with course descriptions where applicable.
All new enrollments in third party courses will result in a charge per enrollment. Any courses begun prior to 12.31.2019 will be given one year to complete the course; or the allotted time for course completion, such as the six months allowed for completion of an OSHA 10 or OSHA 30, without incurring a charge. At the end of each quarter, an invoice of all course enrollments will be generated and emailed to each District Council for payment.

IUPAT PCB Factsheet Available for Download

The International Finishing Trades Institute has developed a new PCB Factsheet for use in training programs. This factsheet can be downloaded HERE.

Capstone Class

In early December, 2019, the iFTI welcomed a new class of instructors into the iFTI Master Instructor Capstone program in Hanover, Maryland. These instructors have completed the course requirements for the Associate Instructor and now have only one class to complete to be recognized as an iFTI Master Instructor. This instructor training program is accredited by the Council on Occupational Education (COE) that recognizes advanced coursework and experience in the areas of instructor training and development, and concludes with the development of a Capstone thesis and presentation.

Beginning with an initial three-day seminar, these instructors will be students for the next couple of months while they work with their Capstone advisers to develop their project topic. The Capstone instructors share resources, advise students, and discuss the goals and requirements of the project for a thorough understanding and solid beginning to their project.  Students participate in a one-day, hands-on workshop on the essentials of writing and research led by an experienced instructor from the Anne Arundel Corporate Training Group. This prepares the students for not only writing their proposal, but also provides skills, knowledge and methodologies for analyzing information sources, organizing facts and ideas for development into a research paper or a unit of instruction that may be used in any IUPAT training center.

Participants in this class have chosen topics of interest to them or of need in their training centers. Examples of the topics include an instructional unit on common problems and solutions to Commercial Vinyl Wallcovering Applications, and a research paper on the proper/improper use of coatings on one state’s industrial infrastructures that has led to corrosion problems. An in-depth analysis of their topic brings out the abilities of each instructor to share their expertise, to learn something new, to think critically, solve problems, conduct research, and connect with their communities and members in their local areas. Their goal is to fulfill a need, by developing training and education, or by analyzing important issues, problems and ideas that may result in a better informed community, a new skill or knowledge that will lead to better job performance, and personal satisfaction from not only completing the project, but showing their competency and expertise in their role as an instructor.

If you would like to be a part of this accomplished group of Master Instructors, check the homepage of the iFTI LMS for the requirements and then check your transcript for any courses you may still need to complete the Associate or Master Instructor pathway.    

COE Accreditation

The FTI Ohio Region (District Council 6) is currently pursuing accreditation by the Council on Occupational Education (COE). 

District Councils interested in becoming accredited will be provided assistance by the iFTI during the application process and first year of candidacy. The first year of COE candidacy includes: attendance at COE Summer Conferences and the COE Fall Annual Conference., assistance with the Self Study report, and any expenses regarding the candidacy application and site visit. Please contact your ATR for more information.


Trade Videos Available for Download

If you need trade videos for recruitment or orientation purposes, they are found on the LMS Homepage > Videos (YouTube versions) and the IUPAT Hub (downloadable versions).

2020 iFTI Training Calendar

Are you an instructor/coordinator and interested in attending training at iFTI Training Center (Hanover, Maryland)? Your Director of Training (DOT) needs to fill out the DOT Request – Training Registration Form.

If for some reason your DOT is not available, you may fill out the Instructor/Coordinator Training Registration Form but the request will be forwarded to your DOT for approval.

Two options to view the training calendar: Google Sheets and Google Calendar.  

Handout – How to Use and Search the New LMS Calendar Format

Important Reminders:

  • Open course enrollment will close due to high registrations or within 3-4 weeks prior to the beginning date.
  • Final confirmation emails are sent 3-4 weeks before the training.
  • Please coordinate with your ATR for “By Invitation” courses.
  • Click the links to view the descriptions of the iFTI courses.

Can’t find your preferred iFTI course or training date? Submit a Course Request. Under comments, specify the preferred training date and list of participants (minimum of 5).


LMS and Course Updates

Upcoming Courses

Please check the FTI Training Calendar for upcoming classes and their prerequisites in Hanover or other training centers. 

Upcoming Classes:

Communications and Digital Media: April 1 - 6
Overton Rigging-Lifts-Forklift-Hand Signaling: April 9 - 12
Computing Applications Level 2: April 30 - May 3




Check out the collection of free resources from CPWR that promote safety and health:

  • Solvents: A new Hazard Alert (in English and Spanish), Toolbox Talk (EnglishSpanish), and infographic all describe the hazards of these chemicals and how to protect workers.
  • Isocyanates: A new Impact Card describes how a CPWR-funded researcher helped an occupied healthcare facility when spray polyurethane foam was installed.
  • RF Radiation: At low levels radiofrequency (RF) radiation, the energy used to transmit wireless information, is not considered a hazard. However, at the levels produced by operating telecommunications antennae on rooftops or towers, RF radiation can be a considerable health risk. A new Hazard Alert (in English and Spanish) explains how to identify and guard against this danger.
  • Suicide Prevention: Suicide is now a leading cause of death for off-the-job construction workers, and this collection of resources can help organizations and individuals understand the issue, start a conversation, and support friends, co-workers, and family members.
  • Opioid Use: Construction workers are six to seven times more likely to die of an opioid overdose than workers in other professions. This webpage offers information about opioid deaths, prevention, and how the construction industry can begin to address this crisis.
  • Foundations for Safety Leadership: A new Impact Card highlights key features of this program, which teaches foremen critical leadership skills they can use on the job site to create a stronger safety climate.

USGNN: OSHA Updates Amputation Prevention Standards

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released an updated National Emphasis Program (NEP) instruction on amputations in December 2019 as part of efforts to identify and reduce amputation hazards in manufacturing industries.

“Amputations are among the most severe and disabling workplace injuries that often result in permanent disability,” reads the OSHA Safeguarding Equipment and Protecting Employees from Amputations page.

Read the story HERE

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