Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by garmel, Feb 13, 2009.

  1. garmel

    garmel LawnSite Member
    from NE Ohio
    Messages: 107

    Does anyone know of any place that offers hands-on training for doing walkways, patios and retaining walls?
  2. Bru75

    Bru75 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 582

    Pavetech has a paver installation school, Hardscape N. America has hands-on courses, and you might want to look into ICPI and NCMA certification classes (these are not "hands-on" but will help you with the basics). Just do a few web searches for the above.
  3. zedosix

    zedosix LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,665

    How about working for a reputable company that does hardscaping.
  4. tatmkr

    tatmkr LawnSite Member
    Messages: 61

    -Find your nearest paver manufacturer and/or distributor. I know every manufacturer in my area offers hands on classes ad most of the distributors do as well.
    - Word of advice, I look at each hardscape new hire as a three year project to get them to the minumum level of experience to call them a hardscaper.:weightlifter:
  5. NewHorizon's Land

    NewHorizon's Land LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 687

    Are you looking for traing for you or your employees? If for you I would suggest working for a company that is very good at hardscaping. I wish I would have done this and then started my business
  6. 4Russl5

    4Russl5 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 160

    For natural stone retaining walls/fences you should check out the Dry Stone Conservancy in Lexington Kentucky. In my opinion this is the only way to work with natural stone. I am certified through them as a dry stone mason as well as my lead guy. You will be able to put up retaining walls with confidence and warranty them without losing sleep.
  7. 2low4NH

    2low4NH LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NH
    Messages: 1,890

    we take all new hires and use them for grunt workers for the first year to 2 years! around the 5 year mark is when they are able to work on there own. i have been around this work for 13 years now and i still find myself looking for answers from time to time. so in the end if you dont have prior exp i would stay away from hardscaping for customers.
  8. Bru75

    Bru75 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 582

    What is your experience, Garmel?
    If you are experienced in landscape or construction, I would suggest that you learn as much as you can about hardscape installation first, and start small (small walkways, planting beds, etc.).
    I agree that it takes years to gain enough experience and knowledge to properly install hardscapes, but we all had to start somewhere, and not everybody is in a position that will allow them to start at the bottom working for somebody else.
    The key is to know your own abilities, and not to try anything too complicated too soon.
    Good luck with it.

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