Program overview

The FTI’s Drywall Finishing Apprenticeship Program is two levels and trains students to prepare, tape, fill and sand drywall seams, corners, and angles in a variety of different environments and contexts. Through a combination of classroom and hands-on shop learning, Drywall Finishing Apprentices are immersed in the trade in order to develop the skills they need to become valuable members of commercial, industrial, and residential jobsites.

The program usually takes about three years to complete, and each level requires 6 weeks at the FTI and 4,500 hours on the job.

Successful completion of the program earns apprentices a Red Seal and Certificate of Apprenticeship.

Learn the trade hands-on

Experience how Drywall Finishing apprentices learn the trade, and meet the program coordinator.

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Apprenticeship outline

Level 1

In order to develop safe work practices in drywall finishers, the apprentices learn about general safety procedures and fall protection. They are introduction to hand tools, basic taping and filling procedures, and the application of corner beads. Students apply these new skills on individual mockups located in the FTI shop.

Level 2

After a review of Level One, apprentices move toward developing more advanced tool skills and learn about automatic or machine taping. They use advanced machines such as the APLA-TEC taping system. They also hone skills in machine and hand texturing, drywall finishing repairs, and how to problem solve on the job.

Program Fees

Program fees include Apprentice books and manuals.

  • Level 1 – $500
  • Level 2 – $500

About the Drywall Finishing Faculty

Stewart Baird

Drywall Finishing Coordinator

Stewart began his apprenticeship in 1988 after high school graduation, and he received his ticket as a journeyman in 1992 at the age of 22. By 26 he was running jobs for several companies, ending with B&O. Stewart went to China in 2002 to teach steel stud in their growing industry, and when he returned to BC he taught construction to high school-aged students in Maple Ridge. He joined the FTI in 2008.

Upcoming Schedule

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