Welcome to PRAIRIE FINISHING TRADES INSTITUTE (PFTI), a subsidiary of District Council 17

Description: Painter Decorator Apprenticeship Training is offered through DC17’s training arm Prairie Finishing Trades Institute (PFTI).

Apprenticeship training consists of 3 periods of technical training. Apprentices attend school for 8 weeks a year Monday to Friday. Upon completion apprentices are required to gain 1300 on the job hours for each level they are completing. PFTI utilizes the approved AIT curriculum that focuses on residential, commercial, and industrial sectors.

Length: 240 hours classroom

Who should attend: All Painters

Location: Edmonton, AB

Instructors: Vernon Ball & Jason Phillips – Red Seal Journeyperson Painter Decorators

Tuition: 995$ per session + $250 materials and texbook fee (the total cost is currently sponsored for DC 17 members working for our signatory contractors)

For more information: contact IUPAT DC 17 Director of Training Shauntelle Hollett shollett@dc17.ca

The dates for 2023/24 school year are:

• Level 1 – October 23 2023 through Dec 15 2023 – COMPLETED

• Level 2 – January 8 2024 through March 1 2024 – FULL

• Level 3 – March 11 2024 through May 3 2024 – FULL

*Dates are subject to change based on enrollment numbers

Dates for 2024/2025 school year are:

• Level 1 – September 16 through Nov 8 2024

• Level 2 – November 18 2024 through Jan 24 2025 (2 week break for Christmas holidays)

• Level 3 February 3 2025 through March 28 2025

All participants must meet the registration requirements outlined by AIT and this program is only offered to apprentices registered with AIT. More information can be found at:

AIT Painter Decorator Profile

AIT Entrance Requirements – minimum Grade 10 Math & English or complete an AIT entrance exam. For more information on the entrance exam content please visit: Entrance Exam Study Guide

AIT Apprentice Registration

Apprentices must maintain their records of on the job hours through AIT’s bluebook system. Bluebooks are mailed out when you complete your registration as an apprentice with AIT and records are submitted through your mytradesecrets account.

PFTI’s Apprenticeship Training is recognized as a Red Seal Program and the Canada Revenue Agency recognizes our progam’s attendees to be eligible to claim Employment Insurance (EI) while attending.

Please refer to CRA’s eligibility to see qualification requirements:

Employment Insurance for apprentices – Canada.ca

Upon application you will be asked for a reference code. This can be found in your mytradesecrets account once you have registered for a period of training.

Government Grants: Grants are available through the Government of Canada. There are incentive, completion, and other grants available. Please review the below link.

Canadian Government Apprenticeship Grants

Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC) has recognized DC 17’s program for Painter Decorator apprenticeship. Saskatchewan apprentices can attend Painter Decorator training at our Edmonton, AB Facility.

All Saskatchewan attendees must be registered apprentices with SATCC.


As this training occurs out of province, Saskatchewan apprentices may also be eligible for additional financial support if attending training more than 50 km from their residence. Please visit the Financial Supports section of SATCC’s website for more information.

Saskatchewan apprentices are also eligible for the Financial Assistance grants and EI payments if they qualify.

Manitoba currently offers Painter Decorator Apprenticeship Training through Red River College. Apprentices must register as apprentices with the Province of Manitoba.