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Pro GFRC with Fabric Forming and Fire Pits

The possibilities of concrete are endless. Yet too many pros are limiting themselves to competing against granite with boring, flat slabs with a few embedments and the occasional integral sink, because they don’t have the confidence to take concrete to the next dimension.

Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete allows you to create larger, lighter, seamless concrete countertops, tables and intricate three dimensional objects such as lounge chairs and fire pits. Compared to traditional precast techniques (which require steel reinforcement),the GFRC method is faster and simpler, requires fewer pieces of equipment, and allows you to express your creativity in ways you never before thought possible – while making money doing it!

GFRC is not a fashion statement, it is a tool to create amazing projects in a profitable way – IF you know how to do it right.  Let Jeff Girard provide the how-to and confidence, you provide the design and inspiration – and watch your business grow.

There are a lot of other GFRC classes available, but none other from the pioneer of engineered concrete countertops*. As always, Jeff will teach you not just how, but why, give you a true understanding of how GFRC works and an engineering-based mix formula, and provide you with in-depth textbooks and videos.

This class is held only twice per year. The next class dates are to be announced.

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What You Can Do with GFRC

Imagine all the amazing things you can do with GFRC!

 

  • GFRC is lightweight - half the weight of traditional precast.
  • GFRC is strong. It's tough and impact resistant.
  • GFRC is flexible. It will actually bend without breaking!
  • GFRC can be ground to expose aggregate, polished to a high shine, integrally colored, acid stained and more. Any look achievable with precast can be done with GFRC.
  • Complex 3-dimensional shapes are easy. If you can build the mold, you can make it with GFRC.
  • Imagine the possibilities for furniture, fire pits, sinks and more.

Results of This Class

  • Learn how to change an expensive hobby into a healthy source of income — in just two days.
  • Save years of trial and error, and get started immediately producing countertops, sinks, fireplaces and more.
  • Express your creativity in ways you never before thought possible – while making money doing it.

Testimonials

  • I enjoyed the class and am ready to put it to use. Learned so much about GFRC and why it works, not just the how. I feel much more confident about being successful with this.

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    - Zach

  • Well worth the time & money. Months or even years of trial & error are avoided in just 2 simple days.

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    - Phil, Ontario

  • Well worth the time and cost. I know I can use this knowledge to make a great product and a lot of money.

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    - Jason, MA

  • I believe this course at this place is the best you can get. Job well done!

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    - Chris, Barbados

What You’ll Learn Hands-On and in the Classroom

  • Selling GFRC creations successfully against granite – blow the competition away!
  • How to price GFRC concrete countertops
  • The formula and a 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
  • Thinking outside the box and making molds for 3-dimensional pieces
  • How to make a lounge chair
  • Fabric forming
  • Fire pits
  • Foam coring for even lighter weight
  • Achieve multiple looks with GFRC, including as-cast, exposed aggregate and variegated
  • 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:
  • Extensive reference materials including textbooks on GFRC, fabric forming, fire pits, and lounge chairs
  • 2 hours of hands-on videos on GFRC – A great refresher/reference to remind you of what you learned in class!
  • A diploma
  • Post-class support

When and Where

When and where is this class offered?

This class is offered ONLY TWO TIMES PER YEAR at the CCI training center in Raleigh, NC. The next class, November 20-21, 2015, is full. Upcoming class dates are to be announced.

How much does it cost?

$995. Breakfast, lunch and all class materials (textbook, mix calculator, video and more) are included. We have a great hotel deal in the heart of downtown Raleigh for only $79 per night.

What’s the class size?

Limited to 12 students.

How can I learn so much and make so many projects in just 2 days?

Careful planning, extensive reference materials and rapid-setting CSA cement. The class projects will be a lounge chair and a fabric formed fire pit. We will make them start to finish, then lounge by the fire with a beer! This 2-day class maximizes your learning while minimizing your time away from your business and family.

*Why should I take this class rather than some other GFRC class?

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 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.

Who should take this class?

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.

How do I sign up?

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Why train with CCI? Click here to find out. Self-study training also available.