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About The Fastener Training Institute
The Fastener Training Institute (FTI) provides fastener product and
technical training, with the goal of enhancing fastener use, reliability and
safety. The organization’s objective is to elevate the level of technical
understanding and the expertise of individuals in the fastener industry,
For the latest information on FTI’s live training courses, digital training
opportunities, online webinars and exclusive deals, sign up for the mailing
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FTI started in the early 1970s as part of Los Angeles Fastener Association
(LAFA). The founding organizers realized that individually, no one had the
capacity to train new employees but collectively, they could offer solid
education. So began the first basic industry training classes. In 2014, FTI
became a standalone, registered 501(c)(6) nonprofit – and transitioned
from a regional association to a national and international training
FTI Training Opportunities
In-Person Classes & Live Webinars
FTI offers live training opportunities across U.S. cities for fastener and
manufacturing industry professionals. In addition to hands-on training,
attendees network with industry experts, participate in learning labs, take
various plant tours at all stages of the manufacturing process and learn
from interactive exercises. These classes are in major metropolitan cities
and draw attendees from numerous countries, including China, India,
Canada, Mexico, South Korea, South Africa, Germany, Taiwan, Australia
and the U.K.
Each month, FTI hosts a live webinar in partnership with the Industrial
Fasteners Institute on a popular fastener topic that includes a 60-minute
presentation and 30-minute Q&A session. The live webinars are led and
produced by recognized industry experts.
View the FTI Training Schedule
Online Learning Library
FTI has an Online Learning Library with more than 40 on-demand digital
training courses for fastener and manufacturing industry professionals.
The videos are accessible on any device and both rental and subscription
plans come with reference materials and quizzes. Corporate subscriptions
are popular with large companies desiring to offer continuous educational
opportunities to employees.
Visit the FTI Online Learning Library
Customized Fastener Training
FTI is also able to develop customized corporate trainings for any business.
For more information on customized trainings, contact FTI Marketing
Director Jo Morris at 303-257-4406 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Certified Fastener Specialist (CFS) Certification
Perhaps the biggest impact the Fastener Training Institute has provided to
the industry is its certification program. Developed in 1998 with guidance
from the International Fastener Institute, the Certified Fastener Specialist
(CFS) advanced technical training program is the most noteworthy
measurement of technical aptitude for fastener professionals.
With more than 1,400 alumni of the CFS program, the Fastener Training
Institute has helped professionals and businesses nationwide advance the
fastener and manufacturing industries by improving safety and
championing professional development. Now more than ever, FTI is
dedicated to its mission of providing fastener product and technical
training to enhance fastener use, reliability and safety and strengthen the
industry and its personnel in all segments.
Learn More About the FTI Certified Fastener Specialist™ Designation
FTI stocks fastener technical publications, including the FTI Basic Fastener
Handbook and IFI Fastener Technology Handbook.
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As the recognized training platform for the fastener industry, and a
nonprofit organization, the Fastener Training Institute (FTI) values and
relies on every sponsor to sustain and grow.
To meet our goals, support from the fastener industry is critical. Even the
smallest monthly donation will assist in class production fees and new
Depending on your needs, we can offer your name and brand exposure,
social media exposure, tradeshow exposure and more. We have a variety
of sponsorships available to match both your budget, and your marketing
Learn More About FTI Sponsors and Sponsorship Opportunities
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