A lot of people learn by seeing, and in essence, doing. Demonstrations showing how to use a product or complete an application are really useful. In fact, having a hands-on experience may be a crucial first step in deciding which surface prep machine, sealant, color overlay, etc. to buy. An effective way to get this type of exposure is via training classes, which are easily accessible in this industry.
There are many benefits of training classes, things to consider prior to buying a complex piece of flooring equipment or attempting to prep, polish or grind a floor. Most training classes focus on a particular brand, application or product category, which allows you to choose a specific class relevant to what you want to learn more about. Now let’s explore the advantages:
- Saves you money: before investing a great deal and potentially damaging your floors from incorrect application, you can learn the proper way to grind, polish, mix integrally, etc.
- Allows you to see a machine or process in action: you can witness with your own eyes the correct way to use a product, which means you can then mimic it
- Teaches you a new application: you may learn additional information, extra to what you intended, which could potentially open up more business or opportunity
- Improves productivity and quality standards: you can expand your knowledge of surface preparation and improve upon your existing skill level
- See what new products are available: stay up-to-date on new industry trends/products and then familiarize yourself with them during a seminar
- Expert advice from suppliers and manufacturers: get one-on-one face-time with professionals, which can be a great time to ask questions
Your Checklist: What to Expect or Look For in a Training Class
Before you determine which class to attend, you want to be sure it will answer all your questions and have the quality content you need to expand your knowledge base. It’s not worth your time, or money, if it is unorganized and poorly structured. So do your research! Here are a few things to look for in a class:
- Using the equipment – actual demos with the tools, machines, products
- A detailed explanation and walk-through of the application process – it really helps to hear and see all the steps
- Best practices – the right way to handle your machine, apply an overlay, grind a particular type of concrete, etc.
- Common mistakes to avoid – you want to know what actions or issues to NOT do, and experts will have a good insight into this
- Product benefits – if a new product or brand is the primary focus, then you should get an overview of the advantages i.e. what problems it solves
Once you know which area of surface prep you need a refresher or crash course on, there are several resources for finding a training class that aligns. Concrete Decor Magazine does a great job of listing industry classes all over the U.S. and you can find the complete list here. Also, you can check out our upcoming training classes, featuring the following manufacturers: Husqvarna, HTC Flooring, CTS RapidSet and Ameripolish and Metzger/McGuire.