As a drywall finisher (taper), you’ll expertly prepare unfinished drywall panels.
Drywall finishers smooth the way.
Perfect looking walls owe their looks to great drywall finishing. If it isn’t done right, even the best wall covering won’t hide uneven surfaces and other flaws. As a drywall finisher, which is also called a taper, you’ll prepare unfinished interior drywall panels, which are usually gypsum, for painting by taping and finishing joints and imperfections.
During your training, you’ll learn every aspect of drywall finishing, including the tools, materials and procedures – like spreading joint compound and using paper tape to cover seams. You’ll also master how to spot, point, fill, finish and sand joints, angles and all surfaces and corners, and learn drywall regulations.
After completing your apprenticeship, you’ll be an expert in preparing walls so smooth, you could practically skate on them.
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The next game-changer is to be able to reach the youth in our schools. They are the next generation of IUPAT members, and we need to ensure our organization is a career option they are familiar with as they graduate high school. They need to know we offer an accredited apprenticeship program and an associate’s degree while receiving a debt-free education and work in an industry that will provide for their family. Knowing this will make the IUPAT the preferred choice for their future.Brian Courtien
District Council 51
Former Director of Apprenticeship and Training for Finishing Trades Institute of Maryland, Virginia, Washington, DC
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