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).
The OPCMIA’s crafts are both time-honored and on the cutting edge of technological change. Cement Masons place and finish concrete and Plasterers apply various plaster products in a wide range of structures and settings. The proper use of these products in the construction and wall and ceiling industries require skilled workers who are trained to be artisans.
Training is the foundation upon which a skilled craft builds its reputation, and without a solid foundation a building will crumble and fall. That is why the OPCMIA maintains a host of training programs to support the plaster and concrete industry. Each program is carefully designed to maximize productivity, quality, safety, and opportunity.