FTIOR Training

IUPAT DC 6 Training & Education


Finishing Trades Institute of the Ohio Region is applying for initial accreditation with the Commission of the Council on Occupational Education. Persons wishing to make comments should write to the Executive Director of the Commission, Council on Occupational Education, 7840 Roswell Road, Bldg. 300, Suite 325, Atlanta, GA 30350. Persons making comments must provide their names and mailing addresses.
Site Visit Scheduled for August 16-21, 2021.


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 Coatings Applicator Specialists, Commercial Painter and Wall Coverers, Drywall Finishers, and Glaziers. 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.

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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Join IUPAT DC6 – The Start of a Lifetime!

When you are a part of a union, what you do for a living is more than just a job – it’s a career! As a union member, you receive training, benefits and a pension. There’s also an opportunity to earn a college degree in one of our programs as well. The best part is that you have a job while we train you, so you earn while you learn! Although a typical apprenticeship last three years, if you have experience in a craft it can be much shorter. 


Commercial & Industrial Painting

IUPAT Painters apply paint, stain, varnish, and other finishes to residential, commercial and industrial structures. They are able to choose the right paint or finish for the surface to be covered by taking into account durability, ease of handling, method of application and customer desires. Some IUPAT painting projects require an artistic touch for the restoration of historic buildings and unique projects.


Drywall Finishers: Tapers

IUPAT Drywall Finishers 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. Drywall Finishers spread joint compound into and along each side of the joint between two hung drywall panels and use a paper tape to cover the seams.


Tradeshows and Sign & Display

IUPAT Sign & Display Workers 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 install and service the signage that marks our shops, restaurants, colleges, and office buildings.


Glazing & Glass Work

IUPAT Glaziers (or glassworkers) are responsible for selecting, cutting, installing and replacing all types of glass used in construction. Residential glazing involves replacing and installing glass in home windows, installing mirrors, shower doors, and bathtub enclosures. On Commercial interior projects, Glaziers fit glass for tabletops and display cases and install decorative glass walls and storefront windows.


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