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The Ultimate Creative Concrete Training

Start a business doing what you love – creating with concrete.

Do you want to be successful creating with concrete?

You can, with The Ultimate Creative Concrete Training!

Want proof? The real proof of a training program is the success of the alumni.

Look at the amazing creations that our alumni from around the world make:

It takes more than showing up for a few days and playing with concrete with some cool people. The truly hard work starts when you go home, and that’s when CCI’s program really kicks in.

How do we do it? Hear from some alumni:

The CCI difference: Concrete countertop training that really works.

How are we different?

First of all, we teach you not just how, but why. You will truly understand, not just follow someone else’s technique blindly.

You get 100% dedicated, lifetime support post-class. The entire CCI staff will be dedicated to supporting you. We are here for your success.

You get extensive documentation and turn-key systems for running your business. You will leave class with hundreds of pages of both technical and business documentation and systems, including exactly how to market and sell creative concrete. You’ll get a contract, sales scripts, pricing worksheet, quality checklists, and much more.

We are here to build your knowledge, your confidence, and your success. CCI’s focus is 100% on our alumni, not on ourselves.

It’s all we do, day in and day out, year in and year out. We have the perspective of the entire community of CCI alumni all over the world, and we know exactly what works and what doesn’t, proven over and over.

Check out the amazing concrete creations our alumni make – and you can too:

Learn at the working shops of the preeminent creative concrete artisans today.

This course will be taught October 4-8, 2021 simultaneously at both our U.S. and our Canada locations, by our star alumni:

– Caleb Lawson of Price Concrete Studio, at his working shop in Canton, NC*

– Brett Carragher of Exclusive Concrete, at his working shop in London, ON

*Because U.S. citizens are currently unable to travel to Canada (and he can’t be in 2 places at once),  CCI founder Jeff Girard will co-instruct the NC class.

Meet Caleb

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In 2013, Caleb jumped head first into creative concrete, purchasing the company Price Concrete Studio that had been in operation for 10 years. But the previous owner was unable to train or support him, and Caleb soon realized he was in over his head. That’s when he found CCI.

Fast forward to today, and Caleb is one of the preeminent artisans in creative concrete. And he’s now a CCI instructor.

Here are a few examples of the amazing works of art Caleb and his team produce: in North Carolina:

Meet Brett

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In 2013, Brett told his wife, “I’m quitting my job, and I’m going to make concrete countertops.” He quit his high paying but high stress job as a carpentry general foreman for a large commercial concrete construction company, and trained with CCI.
 
In the subsequent years, Brett has poured hard work, dedication and creativity into perfecting his craft and building his success with creative concrete.
 
Here are a few examples of the amazing works of art Brett and his team produce in Ontario:

You can do it!

Do you want to do what Caleb and Brett did? You can.

In this class, they will teach you exactly how they do it, in their working shops.

You will join Caleb/Brett and the entire group of successful CCI alumni who are part of the most intensive creative concrete training and support program ever offered.

You will receive lifetime personal support from both Caleb/Brett and CCI founder Jeff Girard.

You can be successful creating amazing works of art with concrete.

Concrete is a custom material that commands high prices from wealthy clients. Exactly the kind of business you want to grow right now.

You can take back control of your destiny.

If there was ever a year to make big changes and finally take the time to invest in yourself and your future, this is it.

You can salvage 2020.

Don’t let anybody tell you you can’t. You can attend a class, you can start a business, you can be successful, despite what happened in 2020. You can free yourself from everything that’s been holding you back.

Plan now to train with us October 4-8, 2021 in either NC or ON.

Register now and secure your spot in the preeminent training event of the new year.

Our classes regularly sell out, and we expect this year to be no different despite COVID-19 – and because we’ve limited the class size to 15. There is no risk to registering (*see refund policy below) but there are unlimited rewards and unlimited possibilities awaiting you.

Join us. Be a part of the community that cares about you and your success.

Bonus: CCI Alumni of previous Ultimate classes may attend this event for FREE! Meet face to face with the top concrete artisans in the world!

Registration

Tuition: $3995 (Pay only a $1000 deposit! Fully refundable for any reason! *See refund policy below.)

Schedule: Monday October 4 – Friday October 8, 2021

Where: Canton, NC or London, ON

Registration: Click here to register

What will I learn?

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You will learn:
  • Professional templating methods
  • Professional forming methods
  • Mold making for countertops and integral sinks
  • Sink and faucet layout
  • How to construct a casting table
  • Reinforcing of both simple and complex shapes, including large sink holes, curves, and cantilevers
  • Principles of concrete countertop mix design
  • Engineered precast mix formula that achieves compressive strengths of over 4000 PSI in 1 day
  • The from-scratch formula and calculator for a simple, 100% successful, properly engineered, GFRC mix
  • How to use GFRC to create solid, variegated (hand-pressed), and exposed aggregate looks
  • 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
  • How to foam core GFRC to reduce weight and increase strength even more
  • Grinding and polishing GFRC
  • How to seal GFRC
  • Work with both CSA cement and portland cement
  • How to cast and cure, and what concrete is actually doing when it cures
  • How to grind, hone and polish
  • Grout formula
  • Detailed information about sealer chemistries, from acrylic to urethane, and how to apply professional-grade, stain-proof sealer
  • How to transport slabs to the job site
  • How to achieve the perfect installation, including undermount sinks
  • Use the professional-grade materials and tools you really need, in a model concrete countertop shop
  • Business topics: The most effective marketing techniques, how to price, systems to increase profitability, how to build a website and use social media, and more. You will receive a complete package of every business form you need, including a contract, brochure, specifications, estimating spreadsheet, quality checklists and more.
You will receive:
  • Precast and GFRC from-scratch mix calculators
  • Detailed instruction manual on precast concrete countertop manufacturing
  • Detailed instruction manual on GFRC concrete countertop manufacturing
  • Comprehensive guide to marketing and selling concrete countertops, plus a contract, estimating spreadsheet, brochure, architectural specifications and more
  • A project management course that includes quality checklists and procedures for managing multiple projects, resulting in fewer mistakes and higher profits
  • Over 400 pages in all of extensive reference materials, plus 2 hours of live action videos on GFRC and almost 8 hours of online seminars
  • A diploma
  • Lifetime, unlimited support from instructors via phone and email.
  • Lifetime membership in our community of creative concrete professionals
Will this really make me successful, with just 5 days of training?

Yes, if you go home and work hard and apply what you learned. And take advantage of our 100% dedicated, lifetime support.

But don’t take our word for it. Look at the CCI Alumni Success Stories. When you become a CCI Alumnus, you have far more than training –  you have a life-long network of supportive colleagues.

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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February 2020 Class
When you’re considering professional training ask yourself, “Where’s the proof that this training works?”
  • Am I learning fundamental knowledge that I can build on for years to come? Will I learn not just how, but why?
  • What level of reference materials and support will I receive? Can I pick up the phone and call the instructor personally any time, or is he too busy with his own business to care about mine?
  • Are alumni running successful businesses? Ours do. If you’re considering any other training program, ask yourself where are the successful alumni of this program? Is this company focused on themselves or on me?

At CCI, we are 100% dedicated to building your knowledge, your confidence, and your success. And we’re really good at it! But don’t take our word for it. Look at the success stories of our alumni. THAT’s the proof that a training program actually works.

And in fact, you will witness this firsthand at class, held at the working shop of a CCI Alumnus!

Why should I take this class rather than some other concrete countertop class?

CCI training is the only program that:

Teaches not just how, but why.

  • You will truly understand, not just follow someone else’s technique blindly. There is a difference between truly understanding concrete based on real technical knowledge and merely knowing how to work with concrete based on experience.

Offers 100% dedicated, lifetime support post-class.

  • We are not too busy running our own creative concrete business to help you. We focus 100% on helping our alumni, day in and day out. And our alumni help each other too.

Includes extensive documentation and turn-key systems for running your business.

  • You will leave class with hundreds of pages of both technical and business documentation and systems, including exactly how to market and sell creative concrete. You’ll get a contract, sales scripts, pricing worksheet, quality checklists, and much more.

Has PROOF that this program works, demonstrated by our successful alumni.

  • Our focus is 100% on our alumni, not on ourselves.
We are here to build your knowledge, your confidence, and your success.

It’s all we do, day in and day out, year in and year out. We have the perspective of the entire community of CCI alumni all over the world, and we know exactly what works and what doesn’t, proven over and over.

When you train with CCI, you join a community that cares about YOU and your success.

What are some more reasons to train with CCI?

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.

When you understand not just how, but why, 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.

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.

When, where, and cost?

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What is your COVID-19 policy?

*Refunds: 

– We recognize that COVID-19 has made travel uncertain. Our standard class policy is to offer only a credit towards future classes, however now we are offering a full refund of the tuition if you need to cancel for any reason, up to the day before the class.

– Self-Study Option: You can also opt to receive all class materials including textbooks, mix calculators, videos etc. that you can use as self-study materials until you can attend an in-person class. In this case, all but $747.50 of the tuition will be refunded. (The current price of the “How to Start a Concrete Countertop Business” self-study course.) 

Safety: We always take safety seriously, especially now. Here are some of the extra safety precautions we’re implementing:

– This class is limited to a small class size of 15 students. 

– All students and instructors will be required to wear face coverings at all times.

– The spacious shop allows for ample social distancing.

– The weather at this time of year is typically in the 70s, which allows for open doors and good ventilation.

When and where is this class offered?

The Ultimate Creative Concrete Training class is offered only twice per year. See above for the upcoming class dates.

How much does it cost?

$3995.  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.

What’s the class size?

This Ultimate class is limited to 15 students.

Who should take this class?

This class is for people serious about starting and succeeding in a business creating countertops, sinks, furniture, fire pits and more with concrete. You do not need prior concrete experience, but you do need to be very handy and capable of professional level projects such as carpentry, tile work, home building, etc. This class is not for do-it-yourselfers. Consider the How to Make DIY Concrete Countertops self-study course instead.

How do I sign up?

Click here to register.

Eye Candy

Check out these examples of alumni creations… and start dreaming of your own concrete creations!