The International Finishing Trades Institute holds over 50 classes on campus in Hanover, Maryland, on a yearly basis. With so many classes, the administrators and staff of the IFTI focus on offering a wide range courses to advance the level of training in the many trades the IUPAT represents, as well as instill a strong culture of safety through training (check the LMS section of the IFTI website – www.IFTI.edu – to learn more about what we offer).
This spring, the IFTI held an Overton Rigging-Lifts-Forklift-Handsignaling certification course. This 40-hour class offered combined classroom and hands-on training to attendees. Over the course of that week, IUPAT trainers learned how to build effective classroom presentations, applying a written exam, pre-operational inspection procedures, evaluating competency in the different tools and learning how to properly generate, submit and record the required records for this certification. The course also includes a “big picture” perspective and training on the laws and regulations regarding these tools on the job site.
“This training is of huge value to IUPAT,” said Anton Ruesing, director of the IFTI. “It makes our members safer in the field, and it helps our contractors because fewer accidents means a lower cost of doing business for them.
“Anything we do that focuses on keeping our members safe at the end of the day, and making sure they have a nice long career providing for their family, is what we want to focus on and get it right.”