Career Training in Cutting-Edge Construction Crafts

Applying plaster and placing and finishing concrete are highly-skilled crafts requiring career-long training, from apprenticeships for workers entering the trade to upgrading and safety courses that keep journeypeople at the top of their profession.

That’s what the OPCMIA International Training Fund (ITF) does. We are a non-profit national training trust fund meeting the training needs of signatory contractors, members, affiliated Joint Apprenticeship Training Committees (JATC), and affiliated local unions of the Operative Plasterers’ and Cement Masons’ International Association (OPCMIA).


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News and Resources

October 10, 2023

JATC Local 633 Native American Pre-Apprenticeship Program Highlighted in New Video

For more than 10 years, OPCMIA Local 633’s Joint Apprentice Training Committee (JATC) has been conducting a model, highly successful pre-apprenticeship programs in partnership with area Indian Tribes, giving Native Americans the opportunity to learn cement masonry and gain access to lifelong careers as OPCMIA members.

“The OPCMIA International Training Fund produces the best plasterers and cement masons in North America. Watch and learn more about how our Apprenticeship program and mid-career training set the standard for craftsmanship. The OPCMIA ITF means quality all the way!”

Daniel E. Stepano
General President, OPCMIA
Chairman, ITF Board of Trustees