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Due to building damage caused by weather, the Deer Valley location (29th Ave. & Bell Road) is closed until further notice. Students attending that location will receive further direction from their instructors. Visit the News page for details and updates or follow us on social media.

Finishing Trades

Painter-Decorator (Painter Construction):

Painters and Decorators apply decorative and protective finishes in residential, commercial and institutional properties. 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, varnish, shellac, wall covering and special decorative finishes. 

Drywall Finisher (Taper): 

Drywall Tapers and Finishers apply tape over drywall seams and apply additional coats of drywall compound to provide a smooth or textured surface that is ready to accept whatever finish has been chosen for it. 

Industrial Coating and Lining Application Specialist: 

Industrial Coating and Lining Application Specialists apply/install protective coatings and linings to steel and concrete on complex structures, such as bridges and towers; waterfront structures; metal and manufacturing facilities; chemical and processing facilities; and conventional and nuclear power generation facilities. 

Get Started

Contact the Finishing Trades Institute of Arizona at (602) 244-0768 for complete details.

Apprenticeship students are advised to create an MEID and login to the Online Student Center in order to access personal account information such as grades and transcripts.

Program Location

Washington Campus 

Program Cost

Associate in Applied Science Construction Trades, Painting and Drywalling: $5,310*
Certificate of Completion in Construction Trades, Painting and Drywalling: $2,109*

*Please note that these are only estimates and do not include books. These estimates may change based on increases to tuition, course fees and book costs. Estimates are based on tuition rates for in-county students. Additional fees may apply.


Degrees & Certificates


Accreditation is a process used to measure and certify the credibility and quality of services offered by an organization.

GateWay is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Why should you choose an accredited school?

Although many schools offer seemingly similar degree and certification options, not all schools are accredited. In many instances, accreditation of the degree or program you complete may be required in order to become certified to work in the field.