The American Concrete Institute known to use in the industry as ACI has been in existence since 1904 and although most of those in the concrete industry are familiar with its function in the Concrete Industry, many in the consumer market don’t realize how hiring those who are Members and those who have been Certified as Flatwork finishers are the best people to hire.
The American Concrete Institute sets the standard in the industry regarding the proper way to install all types of concrete. They are used as the Building Standard in all construction projects. Local,State and Federal Projects use these standards to insure that a quality long-lasting job will be delivered.
Most Architects today specify that ACI Certified Finishers be used on their projects. If you are a homeowner you should also insist on these type of finishers on your job or at minimum have and ACI Certified Finisher who supervises your Project.
Prior to going into business for myself I was in a Cement Finishers Union here in New Jersey. I did an apprenticeship for 4 years and thought in so doing that I was being taught the correct way of installing concrete. Not until I took my first cerification test was it that the TRUTH was revealed. I was amazed to find out that my mentors although respected in the Union were not teaching me the correct way to install concrete. There were many bad practices that they were using for years that were being passed along to new guys like me.
I’m glad to say that the Union has since changed this by making ACI practices part of their Apprentice Programs.
I feel that if you are a Concrete Contractor that is serious about your business and want to give your clients the best job possible that you should look into getting certified. It not only gives you credibility but keeps mistakes and call backs to a minimum when you follow Good Concrete practices. You can find your local branch of ACI and call to see when they are testing. You can also take the test at The World of Concrete.
If you are a homeowner why not use ACI Certified Finishers. Hire the best. People who care about giving you what you expect. In life there is always a price to pay for doing the wrong thing. We all know the difference of what is right and wrong. The same rules apply to installing concrete. Cut corners and problems not might happen they will.
Use Certified Finishers and increase your chnaces of getting the best that your money can buy.
The Concrete Professor or contact Ted@split-rok.com