Craftsman Level 1 course to be hosted by RetroPlate in April

April 23, 2014
April 24, 2014
1201 Spring Creek Pl
Springville, UT 84663

The Concrete Polishing Association of America's (CPAA) new and expanded certification and training program continues 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. Each course is designed to build on the Craftsman's knowledge base toward a Master Craftsman Certification. 

The next course, Craftsman Level 1, will be hosted by RetroPlate, Springville, Utah on Wednesday, April 23 – Thursday, April 24.

The Craftsman, Level I certification program is a classroom and hands-on training program followed by a certification exam. After passing the exam each student will be sent a Craftsman, Level I certificate; Craftsman, Level I patch; CD containing business tools; and CPAA supporting t-shirt.

PREREQUISITE: 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, and 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.

The cost to attend is $1,050 for CPAA members and $1,850 for non-members. Class fees will include a light breakfast and lunch both days; class materials and take home supporting materials. For questions, please email: or visit