A Brief History
The training programs and materials offered by International Training Institute (ITI) are the result of an employee welfare benefit plan established on May 12, 1971 to fund the training and development of apprentices and workers in the sheet metal industry.
- Provides and maintains training and retraining programs
- Conducts train-the-trainer programs
- Develops and distributes training materials designed to improve the quality of workmanship and productivity in the sheet metal industry
- Investigates, researches and monitors changing technology and specialty fields to meet the ever-evolving demands of a dynamic industry
ITI’s courses, textbooks, videos and other learning materials are offered free of charge to trainees. ITI’s combination of classroom learning and paid on-the-job training offers an outstanding opportunity for trainees to earn while they learn.
Number of dedicated training facilities:
United States: 153 Canada: 21
All of ITI’s instructors are former sheet metal workers or are still actively involved in the trade either as workers, managers or owners of their own company. They provide a wealth of hands-on, real-world experience. ITI’s Train the Trainer program is designed to ensure a high standard of quality across the training facilities.
Average class size:
Most classes average around 17 participants, creating a desirable instructor-student ratio. In general, basic instruction or overview courses average around 25 participants, but could, depending on the training facility, accommodate more.
ITI’s facilities provide hands-on training in state-of-the art labs. Training facilities are located in both urban and rural areas.
ITI’s training centers are accredited by an independent accreditation board made up of members from Ivy Tech, SMACNA and SMART.
ITI’s courses are available in a variety of formats designed to accommodate today’s apprentices and journeymen and to facilitate continuing education. Apprentices mostly attend classes and labs and can also take online courses for college credit. Journeymen can continue education with specialized area certifications or make career path changes.
Learning formats available include:
-Standard classroom format
ITI’s students work with a contractor while they attend classes and many typically remain with the same employer throughout their apprenticeship training. They receive a combination of classroom and on-the-job training that enables them to progress in their chosen field. This combination offers students an outstanding opportunity to advance in their careers while they learn. And it helps ensure that the sheet metal industry has well-trained and educated workers.
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Administrator of International Training Institute
James Page is the administrator of the International Training Institute, the education arm of the unionized sheet metal and air conditioning industry.
Page was previously employed by the ITI from 2007 until he was hired as the administrator for the National Energy Management Institute Committee (NEMIC), a position he took over in 2012.
Page has more than 30 years of experience in the HVAC industry. He completed his apprenticeship training in 1984 at Sheet Metal Workers Local No. 108 in Los Angeles. He earned his associate degree in sheet metal apprenticeship technology from Ivy Tech College and his associate degree in liberal studies from Long Beach City College.
His professional career includes training and certification in basic and advanced testing, adjusting and balancing for TAB certification; air conditioning and service levels I, II and III; indoor air quality, service and TAB instructors training; basics in advanced professional development; and advanced professional development in teaching. He also was a past trainer in OSHA 10 and 30 and holds numerous industry certifications.
Page grew up in Southern California with his wife Tina of 33 years. Together, they have raised three grown children. Their son has continued the tradition of working in the sheet metal industry by becoming a journeyman, signatory to Sheet Metal Workers Local No. 105 in Glendora, California.