Hands-On Training

Knowledge is Power.

Knowledge gives you an edge over the competition. Knowledge ensures your customers will return to you again and again.

Get that knowledge from CCI's unbiased teaching, from-scratch mixes and detailed instruction that tells you how, and why, from a licensed professional civil engineer.

Register early, classes fill fast.

  • Get solid information from an engineer.
  • We don't force you to use proprietary products.
  • Learn how, and why.

2-Day Pro GFRC

(GFRC, fire pits and fabric forming for professional concrete countertop makers.)

5-Day Ultimate Precast & GFRC

(Complete Precast, GFRC and business training for those starting a concrete countertop business.)

5-Day Advanced 3-Dimensional Molds

(Learn 3-dimensional mold making techniques plus how to create water features, fire pits, fiber optics, fabric forming and more.)

Class Schedule

Testimonials

Self-study training also available.

Why train with CCI? Click here to find out.


5-day, hands-on training that covers absolutely everything:

The Ultimate Concrete Countertop Training

Do you want to build a successful business crafting high-quality concrete products? The Ultimate Concrete Countertop Training gives you:

  • The technical know-how to prevent problems
  • The business systems to prevent mistakes
  • The knowledge and confidence you need to succeed

This class is not intended for 'weekend warriors' or the Do-It-Yourselfers out there. We have other options if either of those terms apply to you. However, if you already have a business, or if you're ready to start your own, let's talk. It could be that this is the class you've been looking for.

What you learn: Everything that pertains to foundational knowledge of both Precast and GFRC fabrication methods, from mix design right up through sealers. And it's not limited to countertops; you'll learn a variety of other projects as well. This class will give you everything you need in order to have a successful concrete fabrication shop.

What we expect in our students: Dedication. Commitment to learning proven methods. Willingness to put preconceived ideas aside and absorb the truth from an experienced Engineer and Artisan. The gumption to get home and get to work. Ideally, we accept students who have their shop spaces planned out (if not actually set up), already have most (if not all) of their tools and equipment, and are prepared to make a go of it. Interviews are required, and if you're not ready to pack your bags and buy your tickets, you're not ready to interview.

It's about FREEDOM: freedom to choose your own mix, freedom to buy materials where you want to buy them, freedom to be creative on your own terms, freedom from mistakes made out of ignorance.

It may not be easy, but you won't have to go it alone. We'll be there to guide you every step of the way. FREE Membership is included, plus unlimited support from Jeff Girard and Lane Mangum for an entire year.

You never cease to amaze me with your commitment to your students and the ability to reach you around the clock. You are amazing and I am so grateful to have you as a part of my business!! Thanks for all you do! - Chris, NH

 

Taking this class was the defining point of my business success. I learned so many things and tricks that you don't find easily online. I haven't regretted this decision once. The best part of it is that Jeff hasn't stopped helping me even after the class. Whenever I get a project, I send him an email and he makes sure to answer every single question I have. I would attend any other classes CCI offers in a heart beat. - Tamika, Haiti

 

Testimonials

To all those interested in the art of concrete: STOP. Put down the bag of concrete or the book or the trowel and contact CCI. This is the most comprehensive class you will find. The knowledge you get from CCI will prevent years of frustration. The complexities of this art form are entirely too intense and numerous for a trial and error system. Just bite the bullet and enroll in a class now. —Nathan,TN
This class is, by far, the most intensive, useful and practical trade class I have ever taken. The projects we got to actually work on, techniques learned, and take home materials that we were given are superb. TAKE THIS CLASS if you want to perfect concrete countertops. —Joe, FL 
 
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Results of this class:

  • Learn every step of both precast and GFRC concrete countertops, 100% hands on, from templating to installation, using from-scratch mixes.
  • Get a solid technical foundation that will give you the freedom to be creative without problems.
  • Completely understand mix design, reinforcement and sealing, enabling you to have total confidence in your concrete countertops and sinks.
  • Get in-depth training in sales, marketing and project management, that will allow you to run your business profitably.
  • Result: You'll have the technical know-how to run a problem-free, profitable concrete countertop business, and confidently exercise your creativity without limits.

When and where is this class offered?

This class is held approximately 2-3 times yearly at the CCI training center in Raleigh, NC and twice yearly in Australia. Click here for the class schedule.

How much does it cost?

$3995 in the US and $4795 USD in Australia. Breakfast, lunch and all class materials are included, plus all the benefits listed to the right. We have a great hotel deal in the heart of downtown Raleigh for only $69 per night. Our Australia hotel is a good deal at less than $200 per night.

What's the class size?

Limited to 10 students in Raleigh and 12 students in Australia.

Who should take this class?

This class is only for those who are most dedicated to creating a serious, profitable concrete countertop business, whether standalone or in addition to an existing business. No experience with concrete is required, as the training is extremely thorough. You do need basic carpentry and handyman skills, along with creativity and enthusiasm. You will work side by side with Jeff Girard for a full 5 days, and Jeff will take the time to answer every single question.

How do I sign up?

You must interview to be accepted into this program. Click here to begin the interview process. Serious inquiries only, please.

What you'll learn hands-on and in the classroom:

  • Professional templating methods
  • Professional forming methods
  • 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
  • From-scratch precast mix formula that achieves compressive strengths of over 4000 PSI in 1 day
  • Precast mix calculator
  • From-scratch GFRC mix formula
  • GFRC mix calculator
  • How to use GFRC to create solid, variegated (hand-pressed), and exposed aggregate looks
  • How to foam core GFRC to reduce weight and increase strength even more
  • 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 sealers
  • 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 an actual 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.

Class materials and benefits you will receive:

  • Detailed instruction manual on precast concrete countertop manufacturing
  • Detailed instruction manual on GFRC concrete countertop manufacturing
  • Precast and GFRC mix calculators
  • List of materials, tools and equipment you need and where to buy them for the best prices from the best sources
  • 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
  • One year of CCI Membership ($49 per month value)
  • One year of unlimited support from Jeff Girard and Lane Mangum via phone and email. 
 

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

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