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Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by cgland, Dec 9, 2004.
Do any of you guys have this certification, and if so have you realized any jobs from it?
CG, yes I do and no I haven't reveived any leads . I went through the process during the summer months, so it hasn't been that long. I think that it is a good program, even moreso than the ICPI cert. I feel this way because a basic requirement of the Authorized Contractor Program is that you are ICPI certified. In addition, they check your insurances and inspect some of your work.
Can you explain alittle. What it is and about? Any good benefits and how to find more out? Thanks
Any certification can't hurt.
Even though it may not get you any direct leads it's all helpful when your selling.
EP Henry is a local paver/retaining wall block manufacturer. In our market, they are the most recognized manufacturer. It is kind of like how someone says Bobcat when they are referring to a skid steer in general, or Kleenex when they are referring to tissue paper. Homeowners often say, "you know, those EP Henry stones."
Anyway, they have a program called the EP Henry Authorized Contractor Program. They require that you are ICPI certified, carry all necessary insurance, and they do a couple of site inspections. There are a couple of other requirements, but these are the three major ones. Visit their website for more info. www.ephenry.com.
I agree, even if you don't get any leads, it is definitely a step in the direction of separating yourself.
We became EP Henry certified in the Spring and I've probably fielded 10 calls from it and landed 4 of those 10! I worked out great for me. But.......in our market, probably in most markets, the almighty dollar speaks! IF a non-certified company beats our price they will most likely get the job! Sucks, but it's the name of the game.
Chris, do you use EP Henry's Design Imaging?
We became EP Henry certified about 2 years ago. Of course being in Maryland, folks are more familiar with BElgard & Pavestone than EP Henry. The EP Henry find a conctractor link has produced about 4 leads for us.
It's always nice to have certifications but the bottom line is price.
I have to say that in our area i've never heard of EP Henry (or maybe because I don't really do any hardscapes), but I HAVE heard of Belgard and Pavestone. I will definitely look into the EP Henry certification.
I know the insurance requirements are different from state to state, but what is the insurance requirements in your area and how much does it usually range on a yearly basis? Also, to be EP Henry cert. is there an annual fee?
As far as I know, The EP Henry Authorized Hardscaper program only started this year. What certification are you speaking of?