CPAA Education and Certification Program
In an effort to meet the industry's demand for skilled and knowledgable decorative and polishing contractors, the CPAA launched a new and expanded education and certification program in 2013. The new programs continue to include both classroom and essential hands-on training, exposing the student to various types of equipment, tooling, and chemical products on the market today. Courses are designed to offer students more detailed and expanded hands-on instruction vital to the success of their business. Each course is designed to build on the Craftsman's knowledge base toward a Master Craftsman Certification.
This intensive educational program provides the industry with distinction between skill levels. Companies with multiple employees will be able to utilize our program to provide long term goals toward education, training and professionalism. This training program is designed to be an investment in your business, your education, and your future in the concrete polishing industry.
Tradesman Introduction Certificate - 4 Hours
Tradesman Introduction Certificate is an introductory course and the first step toward understanding the polishing process. This course is designed for classroom education only. There is no hands-on training offered as this course has been designed for trade shows, conventions, seminars, and webinars. The course introduces the student to the many variables and challenges encountered within the polishing process. Individuals completing this course must demonstrate, through a written exam, a basic understanding of the following topics:
- equipment used for concrete polishing
- how and when densifiers are applied
- the purpose of applying a densifier
- overview of diamond abrasives
- concept of maximum refinement
- understanding safety hazards
At the completion of the course, each student, after passing the exam, will be awarded a Tradesman Introduction Certificate.
Craftsman, Level I - 3 Days
PREREQUISITE: The Craftsman, Level I certification is designed for classroom and hands-on education. Individuals applying for this course must meet the following minimum requirements:
- Tradesman Introduction Certificate
- 980 hours of actual on-the-job experience OR a minimum of 12 completed polished concrete projects
- the references of two CPAA supporting member manufacturers
- signed affidavit form along with the course registration submission
Individuals completing this course must demonstrate, through a comprehensive written exam and skills practice exam, basic operational knowledge of the following topics:
- proper industry terminology/definitions
- equipment used for concrete polishing
- how to match equipment and diamond tooling to the concrete substrate to achieve the specified polish
- chemistry of densifiers and stain protectors
- diamond abrasive design and construction
- using the diamond abrasive to achieve maximum refinement
- understanding the theory and recognizing maximum refinement
- understanding safety hazards within the concrete polishing industry
- introduction to basic safety hazards related to concrete polishing and project management.
At the completion of the course, each student, after passing the exam, will be awarded with a Craftsman, Level I certificate.
Non-Member = $1,850
Class information for 2014 is posted below. Class fees include a light breakfast and lunch for Craftsman programs. For questions, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 443-249-7919.
Craftsman - Level I (2 Days)
Non-CPAA Member - $1850
The Concrete Polishing Association's certification program is designed to be an investment in your business, your education, and your future in the concrete polishing industry. We have had hundreds attend the classes that want to express their gratitude. Below are few of their comments.
This class not only met our expectations...it exceeded them!
Class was technical but on a level that could be understood. Every question answered as an important one. Relaxed but informative.
This was a great learning experience for me, being very new to the industry. I can't wait for the remaining levels of training!