The Concrete Polishing Council (CPC), a specialty council of the American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC), has relaunched its Tradesman and Craftsman certifications. The certification programs were established by the Concrete Polishing Association of America, precursor of the CPC.
The concrete polishing certification program provides the industry with distinction between skill levels based on knowledge and real-world experience. Polishing contractors can use the program to provide employees long-term goals toward education, training and mastery. Owners and general contractors can utilize it to set specifications and determine the best qualified bid list.
A certified tradesman requires knowledge on the proper procedure to polish concrete but lacks sufficient work experience to qualify as a craftsman. Craftsman certification is open to those who have achieved tradesman certification and have a minimum of 4,500 hours of work experience in surface preparation, grinding, edging, chemical application, honing, polishing and polishing equipment maintenance.
Recertification is necessary every five years and requires successful completion of a written examination.
The certification exam is based on the Tradesman Certification Manual, an 86-page booklet covering safety, polished concrete, grinders/equipment, diamond tooling, maximum refinement, chemicals and concrete. The book also includes a glossary and the CPC position statements. Those applying for tradesman certification may purchase the manual at a cost of $50 for CPC members and $65 for non-members. An online review course covering the same information with sample test questions is also available to help technicians prep for the exam. The review course is $150 for members and $190 for non-members.
The tradesman examination is an online exam. It is approximately two hours and consists of 50 multiple choice questions. A passing score is 70% or better. CPC members pay $250 to take the exam; $315 for non-members.
Craftsman certification requires a passing grade on the tradesman exam and 4,500 hours of verified work experience. Work experience forms for employed workers, self-employed workers and union laborers are available online. Craftsman certification is $75 for members and $100 for non-members.
For more information on this program, visit www.ascconline.org/concrete-polishing-council/certification.