Hardscape education

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by GreenmanCT, Dec 16, 2008.

  1. GreenmanCT

    GreenmanCT LawnSite Senior Member
    from ct
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    So whats the best way to get the knowledge to build retaining walls and patios. For some reason i dont think colleges offer these courses but maybe im wrong? Any advice on gettin some education in the subjects would be nice. Thanks.
     
  2. Maple Groundskeeping

    Maple Groundskeeping LawnSite Member
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    go to icpi.org and find a certification class in you area. You dont have to have a lot of experence to attend as it is more basic how to and bacic guidelines.
     
  3. GreenmanCT

    GreenmanCT LawnSite Senior Member
    from ct
    Posts: 557

    Thanks, I checked out the site. It says the level 1 is for people with atleast a years expierience. I have only worked on one walkway. But ive seen how is works. Do you think the level 1 class would be benefitial for me?
     
  4. Maple Groundskeeping

    Maple Groundskeeping LawnSite Member
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    I have only done a half dozen hardscape projects to date but i am going in febuary. The way i see it its just a level 1 course but it will most likely pay for its self on my next project in as it will reduce mistakes that have to be redone, and provide a solid base for any hardscaping.
     
  5. Paver Gangster

    Paver Gangster LawnSite Member
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    Go for it. As for prerequisites, ICPI is more interested in your money than your resume, they will accept anyone into their classes.
     
  6. GreenmanCT

    GreenmanCT LawnSite Senior Member
    from ct
    Posts: 557

    Thanks, I think I will. I was gonna take a class for pesticide supervisory license, but my interests have leaned towards this alot more.
     
  7. neighborguy

    neighborguy LawnSite Member
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    Guess that I'm lucky. The local technical college here has a landscape/horticulture program that has TONS of hands on stuff. Got the associates degree with emphasis in design/build. They actually had a large room with a 16" deep soil area so that we could actually excavate, fill, and lay a patio (retaining wall, pond, etc.). Great for those that had no hands on experience to work with those of us that did.
     

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