About Painters, Floor Covering, Drywall Finishers, and Glaziers Programs


International Union of Painters and Allied Trades: District Council 16 (IUPAT DC 16)

District Council 16 craftsmen are trained through State of California-certified Apprenticeship & Training programs. Graduation to Journeyman level requires between 3 and 5 years of combined classroom and on-the-job training covering:

      • Basic craft skills, methods and techniques
      • CPR & First Aid
      • Confined spaces
      • Fall Protection
      • Mechanical Lift & Scaffolds
      • OSHA
      • Advanced Journeyman Education


Mark Watchers – Executive Director
Alex Beltran – Director of Training
Fernando Gonzales – Instructor
2020 Williams St.
San Leandro, CA 94577
Phone – (510)785-8467 Fax – (866)884-4856

IUPAT apprenticeships are HUNT TRADES. Qualified applicants must pass an entry test. The successful applicant may solicit work directly from IUPAT employers and will be placed on the eligible apprentice list for dispatch upon request from an employer.
Other requirements/documentation may be required. Please confirm with the IUPAT Apprenticeship program well BEFORE you appear for the test date. BE EARLY!

HINT: Practice your basic math skills including decimals and fractions for all 4 programs. Review how to figure areas especially for the glaziers and floor coverers. Glaziers test also requires a knowledge of basic algebra.


2020 Williams St.
San Leandro, CA 94577
Phone – (510)785-8467
JATC entrance is located on the “hill” side of the building.

What Is A Glazier/Architectural Metal & Glass Worker
A Glazier, Architectural Metal and Glass Worker are individuals who work with glass and architectural metal. He or she is a fabricator of aluminum (or other related metals) that are used in the construction of buildings or storefronts. From the sill flashing to the top of the parapet cap on high rise buildings is where you will find us. If there are glass or glass products used, a glazier has been there.


      •  Applicants must be at least eighteen (18) years of age. Seventeen (17) with a guardian’s written permission. There is no age cap.
      •  Applicants must have a copy of their High School Diploma or GED. In some programs applicant must pass a basic aptitude test.
      •  Applicants must be in good health and physically able to perform all phases of the work.
      •  Applicants must be able to read, write and speak the English language in order to comprehend instructions on the job and in related training classes, and to ensure personal and co-worker safety on the job.
      • Applicants must complete the related application forms and provide evidence of legal employable status in the United States of America.

Applicants must possess a current and valid driver’s license. This license to remain current during the entire term of apprenticeship.

An Architectural Glass and Metal Worker, called a Glazier, is responsible for selecting, cutting, installing, replacing, and removing all types of glass. Work in the glazing field includes both high end and commercial projects. Commercial projects may include improving energy efficiency; using various techniques and materials to incorporate good weatherization strategies; installing glass mirrors, shower doors; fitting glass for tabletops and display cases; and installing items such as heavy, decorative room dividers or security windows. Other glazing projects may involve replacing storefront windows for establishments such as supermarkets, auto dealerships, or banks. In the construction of large commercial buildings, glaziers build metal framework extrusions and install glass panels or curtain walls.

Skills needed to become a Glazier include manual dexterity, eye-hand coordination, physical fitness, and a good sense of balance. The ability to solve mathematical problems quickly and accurately is also required.

Glaziers use hand tools and power tools to install the materials of the trade. An increasing number of Glaziers use computers in the shop or at the job site for layout, material tracking and site management. Due to improvements in the thermo capacity of modern glass, as well as increased demand for more natural light, the industry has seen an increase in the use of larger and heavier glass panels. The increased trend toward using factory glazed units means that the Glazier must increase his / her knowledge of high performance glazing products, solar trends, and building envelope integrity.

Glaziers often work outdoors, sometimes in inclement weather. They must be prepared to lift heavy glass panels and work on scaffolding, swing stages, mast climbers, and self-propelled platforms such as scissor and boom lifts; sometimes at great heights. Glaziers do a considerable amount of bending, kneeling, lifting, and standing during the installation process.

What Is A Painter?
Painting is the application of paint, varnishes, lacquers, sealers, stains, etc. Painters also apply all types of wallpaper, vinyl wall fabrics and all types of coverings or coatings.

Commercial Painters apply decorative and protective finishes. They prepare a variety of surfaces (wood, masonry, drywall, plaster, concrete, synthetics, stucco, and metal) prior to the application of materials such as paint, high performance coatings, waterproofing, fireproofing, varnish, shellac, wall coverings, and special decorative finishes. Commercial Painters are employed by construction companies, painting contractors, or building maintenance contractors. They work on projects such as building interiors, exteriors, residential high rises, and wall covering work. Some painters work for years on a single site; others may work for contractors that rarely work on the same site more than once.

Commercial Painters must stand for long periods, often working from scaffolding and ladders. Their jobs require a considerable amount of climbing and bending. These workers must have stamina, because much of the work is done with their arms raised over their heads. Painters often work outdoors, but seldom in wet, cold or inclement weather. Some painting jobs can leave a worker covered with paint.

Key attributes for people entering this trade are manual dexterity, excellent color and artistic aptitude. Good physical condition is important because the work often requires considerable standing, kneeling, and repetitive activities such as brushing and rolling. Commercial Painters must have an eye for detail, the ability to plan work and the knowledge of many types of finishes, their properties, and their applications. Painters must be able to calculate areas and relate such calculations to required materials. Good communications and customer service skills are required by Painters who often interact with home/business owners, contractors, interior designers and architects.


      • Must be at least 18 years of age or 17 with written parental consent.
      • Applicant must have High School Diploma or GED.

Applicant must be able to pass a color blindness test.

What Is a Taper (aka Drywall Finisher)?
Tapers, or Drywall Finishers prepare the panels for painting by taping and finishing the joints and imperfections in the drywall surface. A Drywall Decorator will provide a decorative finish to the installed and prepared drywall panels. Drywall consists of a thin layer of gypsum between two layers of heavy paper. It is both faster and cheaper to install than plaster and is, therefore, widely used today in most buildings on both ceilings and walls.

A Taper Apprentice is expected to do the following jobs: Tape joints and touch up nail holes, scrapes, and other imperfections; Install corner guards, conceal openings around pipes; Perform mathematical calculations and read blueprints; Estimate the cost of installing and finishing drywall; provide decorative wall coverings to finished drywall panels

Once the drywall has been securely installed, Tapers fill the joints between panels with a joint compound. Using the wide, flat edge of a hand held trowel, Tapers spread the compound into and along each side of all joints and angles with brush-like strokes. Immediately after spreading the compound, a paper tape is pressed into the wet compound to reinforce the drywall and to smooth away excess compound material. The same compound is also used to cover nail and screw depressions in the panel caused by the installation of mechanical structures.

On large projects, Tapers may use automatic taping tools that apply the joint compound and tape in one step. Of utmost importance in drywall finishing is drying time since drywall compounds require water or vinyl binders that require time for application and cure time to dry. The choice of compounds will affect drying time and finished effect.

Tapers apply second and third coats of the compound, sanding the treated areas where needed after each coat to create a smooth, clean surface on which paint or other wall coverings can be applied.


      • An applicant must be 18 years of age or 17 with signed parental consent. There is no maximum age.

The tapers apprenticeship program is a three (3) year program. It consists of 3600 hours of on-the-job training and 160 hours of related and supplemental instruction.