Why Specify an ICPI Certified Installer
When developing specifications for the installation of interlocking concrete pavement, it is important to qualify the contractor that will do the work. By specifying that the contractor must have ICPI Certified Installers on site, you can be assured that those certified installers have received training on the latest standards and best practices related to the installation of interlocking concrete pavement as well as having met minimum installation experience requirements. Currently ICPI issues the ICPI Certified Installer certification which may or may not be supplemented with the Commercial Technician and/or PICP Specialist designations. However, given recent changes, it is more important than ever to use the correct terminology when including in a specification.
Over the last year, the ICPI Certified Installer Program has undergone some major changes. The reasons for the changes were to 1) bring the program in line with latest standards for certification within the construction industry and 2) document and streamline the administration of the increasing number of specialized courses being provided by ICPI to interlocking concrete paver installers.
Currently, ICPI is offering three courses as part of the ICPI Installer Development Program.
- ICPI Concrete Paver Installer Course (www.icpi.org/InstallerCourse/)
This is an Installer level or introductory course. The purpose of the course is to provide a broad foundation of knowledge related to all aspects of the installation of interlocking concrete pavements. This is a two-day classroom based course which is immediately followed by an exam.
- ICPI Commercial Paver Technician Course (www.icpi.org/CommercialCourse/)
This is a two]day Technician level course. Technician level courses are designed to focus on a single market. The ICPI Commercial Paver Technician Course provides more specific knowledge regarding the use of interlocking concrete pavement in the commercial, industrial, municipal and institutional markets.
- ICPI PICP Specialist Course (www.icpi.org/PICPCourse/)
This is a day and a half Specialist level course. Specialist level courses are designed to focus on a single application. This is the most focused training ICPI provides to concrete paver installers. The purpose of the PICP Specialist Course is to provide detailed information regarding the standards and best practices related to the installation of permeable interlocking concrete pavements (PICP).
Although these courses are designed and intended for contractors, design professionals can also benefit from attending. The knowledge gained will enable them to develop better designs and specification because of their understanding of the technology and installation practices used with interlocking concrete pavements.
ICPI recommends that persons (installers, specifiers and hardscape industry personnel) taking the ICPI Concrete Paver Installer Course have one year of installation experience before taking the course, so they can relate to and thereby get the most out of the information presented.
ICPI also recommends that students have completed the ICPI Concrete Paver Installer Course prior to taking the ICPI Commercial Paver Technician Course or the ICPI PICP Specialist Course. To successfully complete any one of these courses, a student is required to attend the specified training, complete the exam and receive a passing grade. After completing a course, ICPI will provide the student with a Record of Completion for that course.
A concrete paver installer who has a Record of Completion for the ICPI Concrete Paver Installer Course can apply to become an ICPI Certified Installer by submitting an Application for Certification. This document details their concrete paver installation experience which must meet or exceed the required minimum. ICPI will then issue the applicant an ICPI Certified Installer document and they will be listed on the ICPI website.
An ICPI Certified Installer can supplement their certification credentials by earning additional designations. The Commercial Paver Technician designation is earned by obtaining the Record of Completion for the ICPI Commercial Paver Technician Course and submitting an experience record which demonstrates that the applicantfs experience meets or exceeds the minimum amount of installation experience required for the designation. Similarly, the PICP Specialist designation is earned by obtaining the Record of Completion for the ICPI PICP Specialist Course and submitting an experience record which demonstrates that the applicantfs experience meets or exceeds the minimum required for the designation. Once a designation is earned, a Certified Installer will be provided with a Statement of Designation. These designations will be indicated in the individualfs record on the ICPI web site.
To remain valid, an ICPI Certified Installer must renew his or her certification every two years by paying a renewal fee and providing documentation showing that they have completed the minimum amount of required continuing education related to the hardscape industry.
It should also be noted that ICPI Certified Installer status is only granted to an individual; certification does not apply to a company.
In the future, ICPI plans to expand the ICPI Installer Development Program by adding additional courses at the Technician and Specialist levels.
When developing specifications for interlocking concrete pavements, make sure the installation contractor is qualified for the job by ensuring that the labor on site includes individuals with one of the following classifications. The different classifications currently available include:
- ICPI Certified Installer
- ICPI Certified Installer, with Commercial Technician designation
- ICPI Certified Installer, with PICP Specialist designation
- ICPI Certified Installer, with Commercial Technician and PICP Specialist designations
If you are interested in learning more about the ICPI Installer Development Program, please visit www.icpi.org/contractors/