Career Change

Commercial and Industrial Painting

Drywall Finishing

Floor Covering


Convention Display & Signs

We are the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, or IUPAT. We represent men and women in the United States and Canada who work in what are called the Finishing Trades – commercial and industrial painting, drywall finishing, floor covering, glazing, convention display and signs.

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 lasts three years, if you have experience in the craft you apply for it can be much shorter.

Click on the crafts mentioned above to learn more about the careers we offer or get in contact with a local IUPAT district council. Find one near you HERE.

When you’re ready to join, fill out this form and someone from your area will contact you to begin your training and your new career!