FTIOR Training

IUPAT DC 6 Training & Education


The Finishing Trades Institute of the Ohio Region is accredited by the Commission of the Council on Occupational.


The FTIOR provides necessary skills to individuals for career advancement to journeyperson status and continued education in the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades construction industries. This commitment to apprentice and journeyperson education and training is essential to the success of our various skill trade unions and our contractor associations.

The FTIOR exists to serve a number of purposes:

  • To supply all contractors with highly skilled workers including apprentices, journeypersons, supervisors, project managers, etc.
  • To facilitate a unique learning environment with varying instructional objectives and technologies.
  • To provide activities and resources that fosters a positive, comprehensive training environment.
  • To provide career advancement through a combination of classroom instruction as well as shop and field experiences.
  • To provide maintain a leading edge and safe workforce through journeyperson continuing education classes.

With four (4) state of the art training centers, we specialize in complete training for Drywall Finisher, Glazier, Painter, Indust Coating and Lining App Specialist and Painter-Decorator. Men and women are afforded comprehensive curriculum and unequaled training.

The FTIOR invests in the education of the apprentices and journeypersons as a means to build strong communities throughout the State. It is impressed upon our members that acquiring vital trade specific skills is necessary in securing and maintaining competitive wages, health and pension benefits, and favorable working conditions.


The FTIOR’s vision is unparalleled. Our comprehensive training programs are a collaborative effort designed to supply our union contractors and associations the most uniquely qualified work force, now and into the future.


Through the affiliation with District Council 6, the FTIOR has four training center facilities – main campus located at 8257 Dow Circle W, Strongsville, OH 44136 and three servicing-centers which are the Cincinnati Training Center 200 Kovach Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45215; Columbus Training Center 8700 Memorial Drive, Plain City, OH 43064; and Toledo Training Center which the FTIOR partners with the Northwest Ohio Construction Education Center 4535 Hill Ave, Toledo, OH 43615.


The Finishing Trades Institute of the Ohio Region will not discriminate against apprenticeship applicants or apprentices based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), sexual orientation, genetic information, or because they are an individual with a disability or a person 40 years old or older. The Finishing Trades Institute of the Ohio Region will take affirmative action to provide equal opportunity in apprenticeship and will operate the apprenticeship program as required under Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations, part 30.

IUPAT District Council 6 provides the world’s very finest and most comprehensive training to its apprentices and journeymen, focusing on the highest safety standards and the most modern trade skills.

All training programs are designed in conjunction with the nationally renowned I.U.P.A.T. Finishing Trades Institute.

Apprentices may train at one of four nationally accredited training facilities located throughout the Council. The same curriculum is available in all facilities.

Click here for PDF of the current Apprentice Class Schedule 

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George Boots

Director of Training

FTIOR Staff Contact List

Main Phone Number 440-239-4575

Name Home training Center  Trade Contact Email
George Boots Strongsville Director of Training 440-783-2909 ext 131 georgeb@iupat.org
Barb Fisher Strongsville Professional Secretary 440-239-4575 ext 118 bfisher@iupat-dc6.org
Tiffnee Danczak Strongsville Secretary 440-239-4575 ext 133 tiffneed@iupat-dc6.org

Full-Time Instructors

Name Home training Center  Trade Contact Email
Duane Behanna Columbus / Cincinnati Painter-Decorator 513-485-131 ext 238 duaneb@iupat-dc6.org
Matt Harper Strongsville Glazier 440-382-2922 ext 109 matth@iupat-dc6.org
Justin Oshel Strongsville Drywall Finisher 440-879-6422 ext 120 justino@iupat-dc6.org
Joe Kintyhtt Strongsville Painter-Decorator 440-876-3340 ext 129 joek@iupat-dc6.org

Part Time/Seasonal Instructors

Name Home training Center  Trade Contact Email
Bernard “BJ” Horschemeier Cincinnati Health & Safety, Glazier 513-903-3162 bjhorns@gmail.com
Scott Cook Cincinnati Health & Safety 513-616-1013 rscook4235@gmail.com
Dan Costantini Strongsville Painter-CAS, Health & Safety 216-408-0481 ext 129 INDinstructor@gmail.com
John Houlis Strongsville Health & Safety 440-537-4546 johnhoulis@gmail.com
Jason Liskai Toledo Glazier 419-340-7957 dino7290@gmail.com
Dan McLaughlin Strongsville Health & Safety 330-550-6246 danmclaughlin8429@att.net
Nick Papadorotheou Strongsville Health & Safety, Glazier 216-973-0522 N_papadorotheou@yahoo.com