Why Specify an ICPI Certified Installer?

Winter 2015

Reduce Jobsite Novices and Help Get the Job Built Right

By David R. Smith

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Why Specify an ICPI Certified Installer?

For commercial and municipal projects, ICPI promotes specifying certified installers in its webinars and continuing education presentations seen annually by hundreds of licensed civil engineers, architects and landscape architects. These ICPI presentations earn credits toward civil engineers’ professional development hours, and continuing education programs administered by the American Institute of Architects, the American Society of Landscape Architects and the Green Building Certification Institute.

The ICPI Concrete Paver Installer Certification can be supplemented with three additional courses resulting in three designations: Residential Paver Technician, Commercial Paver Technician and Permeable Interlocking Concrete Pavement (PICP) Specialist. Specifiers are encouraged to include the appropriate designation in residential, commercial/municipal or in PICP project specifications. By specifying that an ICPI Certified Installer be on the jobsite as foreman or crew leader, this can help assure that installation is done according to industry best practices.

To obtain and maintain certification, an installer must attend a course, pass an exam and meet minimum installation experience requirements. If a Certified Installer is in the specs, the contractor has a legal obligation to place a Certified Installer on the job. Obviously, it’s up to this person to manage the crew and jobsite according to ICPI best practices.

For residential projects, the contractor is often the designer and specifier who works in cooperation with the homeowner. For these projects, the homeowner’s big question is this: Can I trust this contractor to get the job done right? ICPI Concrete Paver Installer Certification is one of several things that can answer this question affirmatively. Other affirmative answers come from positive contractor job references, an impressive project portfolio and the manner in which the contractor relates to the homeowner.

Residential and commercial contractors can use ICPI Concrete Paver Installer Certification to promote their company to the homeowner and specifier markets. Certification is another marketing and sales tool accompanying a fair price, a history of quality jobs and timely service.

An ICPI member paver manufacturer might offer an “authorized contractor” service that refers residential customers to a group of reputable contractors that purchase concrete paving products from that manufacturer. Paver manufacturers should include ICPI certification as part of their requirements for qualifying contractors to participate in an authorized contractor program. This is one of several assurances to the manufacturer that its authorized contractors install segmental concrete paving systems according to industry best practices. This helps minimize complaints and callbacks.

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ICPI Certified Installer courses are offered multiple times each year in various locations throughout North America.

Concrete Paver Installer Course:

This is the introductory course. It provides a broad foundation of knowledge about all aspects on installation of segmental concrete pavements including materials, installation, estimating overhead recovery and job costing. This is a two day, classroom course immediately followed by an exam. Certification is obtained by meeting minimum installation and continuing education requirements over a twoyear period. Certification is renewed every two years. ICPI recommends that installers, specifiers and manufacturers’ representatives taking this course have at least one year of installation experience to receive the most from the information presented.

Once the exam is passed, an installer can apply to become an ICPI Certified Installer by submitting an application for certification. This document details concrete paver installation experience which must meet the required minimum. For more information on requirements visit www.icpi.org/InstallerDesignations. ICPI then issues the applicant an ICPI Certified Installer document and lists the individual on the ICPI website as certified. ICPI Certified Installer status is only granted to individuals; certification does not apply to a company. To remain valid, an ICPI Certified Installer must renew certification every two years by paying a renewal fee and documenting completion of the minimum required hours of continuing education related to the industry.

Advanced Residential paver Technician Course:

This two-day course covers specialty applications typically built in backyards such as raised patios, outdoor kitchens, paving around swimming pools, lighting, water features, fireplaces and fire pits. The course also includes an introduction to residential permeable pavements. The course is typically taken after the above installer course. In addition to taking this course and passing the exam, there are experience requirements to qualify for the accompanying designation. Those who take the course and pass the exam earn a Record of Completion, which does not expire.

Commercial Paver Technician Course:

This two-day course on commercial, municipal and industrial applications includes stabilized bases, overlay/inlays, rigid applications, roof applications, grid pavements, machine-assisted installation and take-offs. The course is typically taken after the first installer course. In addition to taking this course and passing the exam, there are experience requirements to qualify for the accompanying designation. Those who take the course and pass the exam earn a Record of Completion.

ICPI PICP Specialist Course:

This is a one-day course on system types, estimating, materials, installation and maintenance. The course is typically taken after the first installer course. In addition to taking the PICP course and passing the exam, there are experience requirements to qualify for this designation. Those who take the course and pass the exam earn a Record of Completion.


GET CERTIFIED To register for an ICPI certification course, visit www.icpi.org/InstallerDesignations.


 

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