Has anyone taken the ICPI course?

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by ACutAbovesiny, Oct 12, 2006.

  1. ACutAbovesiny

    ACutAbovesiny LawnSite Senior Member
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    Who have taken the course and what do you think of it? Do they send you an actual certificate when you pass?
     
  2. paponte

    paponte LawnSite Silver Member
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    Yes, I am certified through them. Honestly majority of the material I had already known from experience. I did pick up a couple of technical pointers, and you keep the book as well. I can say, the open bar and the dinner was the best part of the experience. I was able to network with other contractors and share that way. After the test I believe it takes about a month to get the certificate. :)
     
  3. ACutAbovesiny

    ACutAbovesiny LawnSite Senior Member
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    Would you say its worth the $250? I have some but not alot of experience with pavers.
     
  4. paponte

    paponte LawnSite Silver Member
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    No, the question is... would YOU say it's worth the $250? For me I already did paver installs and this was just another selling point as well as another certification under my belt. You shouldn't look at certifications as a cost, but rather a benefit in establishing credibility. :)
     
  5. tthomass

    tthomass LawnSite Gold Member
    from N. VA
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    what he said ^............what i didn't like was no discussion about walls and steps............basically "here is your flat surface and techniques" preaching
     
  6. ACutAbovesiny

    ACutAbovesiny LawnSite Senior Member
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    when i asked if it was worth it i meant did it give you any knowledge?
    also was it worth taking 2 days from work?

    i feel that the cost is relatively low.
     
  7. YardPro

    YardPro LawnSite Gold Member
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    i also have mine and think is is absolutely worth it.
    one of the benefits for us is the added credibility..
    for example NC state has had a test program for pervious pavers. With our ICPI cert. we are qualified installers for not only them, but for other NCDWQ (division of water quality) projects.

    The NCDWQ has, just this year accepted pervious paving as a BMP, BUT it has to be installed by qualified installers. Having an ICPI is part of that criteria.
     
  8. DoetschOutdoor

    DoetschOutdoor LawnSite Bronze Member
    from S. IL
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    Does anyone have a website any additional info on this course? Is this somthing that I can take if I basically have no experience at all with pavers? Thanks
     
  9. Rex Mann

    Rex Mann LawnSite Senior Member
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  10. Jamesgateslandscaping

    Jamesgateslandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    Its a great course!!! Do it!!:clapping: Helps you become more comfortable with the product and just another selling point;)
    James
     

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