GFRC & FABRIC FORMING

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Get the confidence to express your creativity with GFRC.

When done right, GFRC is extremely strong, flexible (literally) and durable. Learn how to make GFRC the right way by learning not just how, but why, from an engineer who will teach you sound principles that will give you a solid foundation for your creativity. Only then can you confidently express your own creativity without worrying about callbacks.

Mold making is a critical part of that creative expression. If you can dream it, and you can figure out how to make the mold for it, you can create it with concrete. Fabric forming is a fantastic way to express your creativity and take your business to the next level, but the process is time consuming and can be complex and costly if not done correctly.

Being successful with concrete requires far more than fabric forming though. You need an understanding of what it really takes to produce the vast majority of GFRC creations. You need the knowledge that gives you both substance and style. This is the only class where you’ll learn that fundamental knowledge.

Why should you take this class? Because you are a professional who takes pride in his/her work, and you want to do it right the first time so that your business succeeds. And because CCI training WORKS. It’s that simple. Want proof? Just look at our alumni Success Stories.

Tuition: $1995 ($1495 for CCI alumni)

Schedule: Monday-Tuesday – June 3-4 in London, ON and June 17-18 in Raleigh, NC

Registration: Click here to pre-register with only a $500 deposit, fully refundable if your plans change!

Other classes: This class is followed by 1-day 3-D Mold Making, then 2-day Advanced Finishes with ECC. Ready to make the leap? Register for all 5 days of intensive training, save $$$ AND get a complete turnkey business system!

Get a solid foundation for your creativity.

Learn not just how, but why.

Get both style and substance.

What will I learn?

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What you will learn:

  • Basic mold making for countertops and integral sinks
  • Sink and faucet layout
  • The complete fabric forming process
  • The from-scratch formula and calculator for a simple, 100% successful, properly engineered, GFRC mix
  • How to spray mist coat correctly for the best finish
  • How to apply backer coat correctly for the strongest concrete
  • When to use scrim for extra strength
  • Foam coring for even lighter weight
  • Grinding and polishing GFRC
  • How to seal GFRC
  • Detailed list of exactly what products you need (and don’t need) to get started

What you will receive:

  • Over 200 pages of extensive reference materials PLUS a 54-page textbook on GFRC
  • 2 hours of live action videos on GFRC – A great refresher/reference to remind you of what you learned in class!
  • 4 hours of GFRC online seminars
  • A diploma
  • Post-class support

How can I learn so much in just 2 days?

Well-designed mixes, proper casting techniques, and effective curing methods. Plus we prepare ahead so you don’t waste your time sanding a fabric formed mold for 75% of your class time. This 2-day class maximizes your learning while minimizing your time away from your business and family.

Do I get to take anything home?

Yes! If you drive to class, take home one of the class projects! (We will draw names if we have more drivers than class projects.) We don’t sell our class projects, they become part of YOUR portfolio.

How is this class different?

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When you’re considering professional training ask yourself, “Where’s the proof?”

  • Is the instructor really a good teacher? Can I see examples of his teaching style? Check out Jeff’s style.
  • Am I learning fundamental knowledge or just how to add water to someone else’s bagged mix?
  • What level of reference materials and support will I receive? Is the company focused on me as an alumnus or on themselves?
  • Are alumni running successful businesses? Ours do.

There are a lot of training classes out there, and ideally everyone would attend every class. If you can attend multiple classes, come to CCI first to get a solid foundation. If you have to choose just one, choose the one that gives you a solid technical foundation to build your business on.

Why should I take this class rather than some other GFRC or fabric forming class?

1. You will learn fundamental knowledge and a true understanding of not just how, but why.

GFRC is a highly specialized material with decades of research that show it requires certain fundamental ingredients and construction techniques in order to perform as expected. When done right, GFRC is extremely strong, flexible (literally) and durable.

Unfortunately, in the concrete countertop industry there are many cavalier approaches to GFRC that ignore these fundamentals and instead rely on trial and error. CCI approaches GFRC conservatively, preferring to stick with sound, proven principles even if they require a little more work or more polymer or fibers. You will have 100% confidence in your GFRC made with these techniques – after all, those who construct massive building panels have relied on them for decades.

Engineers make things only as complicated as they need to be so that the building or bridge doesn’t fall down. Be certain your GFRC creations won’t fail by relying on sound engineering principles. The laws of physics don’t change, so that’s why our information doesn’t change with the seasons.

2. You will make a sound investment of your money.

There are cheap classes out there. There is only one reason a vendor would offer free/cheap hands-on training, and that is to sell product. We prefer to price our training based on its value, making it a sound investment for professionals interested in long-term good business practices.

There are also expensive classes that emphasize fabric forming. The value of learning the fundamentals of GFRC, of truly understanding not just how but why, is far greater than the value of spending a day and a half sanding a fabric formed mold. Fabric forming is just one tool in your toolbox. It won’t make you successful. Fundamental technical understanding will.

But don’t take our word for it. CCI alumni have proved over and over that CCI training WORKS. As Jeff says, “I don’t need to brag about my own accomplishments, when so many of my alumni all over the world have used CCI training to build a foundation that made them successful.” That’s the real proof that training is worthwhile. See the proof here.

3. Practical considerations of the ease of travel, plus the class experience.

Consider also when choosing a class, the ease of travel to the friendly and fun town of Raleigh, NC. Our shop and the recommended hotel in downtown Raleigh are located an easy 20-minute drive or $40 cab ride from the airport. Experience a fun town with a vibrant downtown scene. In downtown Raleigh there are 90 bars and restaurants within walking distance from the hotel. Click here for more information about accommodations and things to do in Raleigh.

Our London, ON location is also convenient to travel to, with a local airport, and has a wide selection of dining and entertainment options.

When, where, and cost?

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When and where is this class offered?

This class is offered approximately quarterly in Raleigh, NC and London, ON. The next dates are June 3-4, 2019 in London, ON and June 17-18, 2019 in Raleigh, NC.

How much does it cost?

$1995 for new students, $1495 for CCI alumni. Click here to register.

Breakfast, hot lunch and all class materials (textbook, mix calculator, videos and more) are included, plus all the benefits listed above.

We have a great hotel deal in the heart of downtown Raleigh for only $87 per night. For dinner, you will enjoy sharing meals, drinks and stories with all the other students at any of the 90 restaurants and bars located within walking distance of the hotel.

Our London, ON hotel is conveniently located only 2 km from the shop and offers an affordable $110 CAD including free hot breakfast, free parking and free wi-fi. Many popular restaurants are located within minutes of the hotel.

What’s the class size?

Limited to 12 students.

Who should take this class?

If you already make concrete countertops, this class will teach you reliable, efficient methods for using GFRC, as well as fabric forming.

If you’re a contractor/professional and a beginner at concrete countertops, this class will get you started quickly and inexpensively. We recommend you take the full 5 days of training if you are serious about building a business making concrete countertops and want to learn a wide range of techniques.

If you’re a stone or solid surface fabricator, this class is ideal. You will learn just what you need: the concrete part, not templating and installation.

This class is not recommended for do-it-yourselfers. GFRC is an advanced technique. Consider the Level 1 self-study course instead.

How do I sign up?

Click here to register for the next class. 

What other GFRC training options do you offer?