Get a solid foundation and learn not just how, but why, with engineering-based instruction on the nuts and bolts of from-scratch GFRC. Learn professional techniques that will give you the confidence to express your creativity with concrete.
“CCI training is well worth the time and money invested. It gave me a jump start into concrete work and the confidence to move forward in the industry.” – Evan, MD
This class is offered twice yearly in Raleigh, NC. See our class schedule page for the next dates.
$1595. We have a great hotel deal in the heart of downtown Raleigh for only $87 per night. Breakfast, lunch and all class materials (textbook, mix calculator, videos and more) are included.
Limited to 12 students.
Well-designed mixes, proper casting techniques, and effective curing methods. This 2-day class maximizes your learning while minimizing your time away from your business and family.
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. CCI approaches GFRC conservatively, prefering 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 countertops won’t fail by relying on sound engineering principles. You might spend a little more time, or spend a little more money on polymer and fibers, but you also won’t have redos and callbacks – and that’s good business, like measuring twice and cutting once.
As Jeff explains, “I am 100% dedicated to teaching engineering-based mixes and sound concreting techniques. And, I back it up with extensive documentation and a complete understanding of both how and why. I probably err on the side of too much information, but I don’t think you can ever have too much information to be successful in the concrete countertop business. That’s how I ran a successful business for years, and how I now teach my students to do the same.”
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.
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.
If you already make concrete countertops, this class will teach you reliable, efficient methods for using GFRC. If you’re a contractor/professional and a beginner at concrete countertops, this class will get you started quickly and inexpensively. We recommend The Ultimate Concrete Countertop Training if you are serious about building a business making concrete countertops and want to learn a wide range of techniques and in-depth business instruction. 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.
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: GFRC for Pros.