The Concrete Polishing Council of the American Society of Concrete Contractors organization has big benefits for contractors, from educational resources to new contractor mentoring.
The American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC) is the premier trade association dedicated to concrete contractors and others who provide services and goods to the concrete construction industry. The ASCC shares the same goals of all concrete contractors – to improve business and their roles as contractors. The organization boasts at least 750 member companies in the U.S. and abroad, including contracting firms, manufacturers, suppliers, designers and other concrete professionals.
Recently at the ASCC Annual Conference, the Concrete Polishing Council (CPC) announced a few updates that could mean great things for contractors. The CPC, formerly the CPAA, is continuing to provide standards, educational opportunities and a professional network for polishing contractors and others in the industry, while adding new benefits to help contractors network, learn and build a reputation in the industry.
Here’s a look at some of the best member benefits of the ASCC, and CPC specifically, and how they can help contractors.
This is undoubtedly one of the best benefits of the CPC. Pursue certification through the Tradesman Introduction Course, which provides instruction on variables and challenges of the polishing process either online or in a classroom setting. You can also get a Craftsman Level 1 Certification, a hands-on classroom experience that demonstrates a higher level of skill.
If you need extra help on a specific topic, you can use the Contractor Email Forum for in-depth discussions. You can also read a CPC white-paper or join one of the monthly webinars from anywhere in the world. The topics covered are lively and wide-ranging – from everyday construction topics like using chemical admixtures to thought-provoking presentations like “Architectural Concrete: One Person’s Defect May Be Another Person’s Feature.”
If you have an urgent question while working on a job site, the CPC offers three hotlines: Decorative Concrete, Concrete Construction and Safety and Insurance. These are a huge help when you need reliable advice and don’t know where to turn. They’re staffed by knowledgeable concrete professionals who will steer you right every time.
Mentorship & MIX Groups
The CPC has mentors available who can guide your professional development. As long as you’re an ASCC member, you qualify to have a mentor. In addition to this, a major benefit of being an ASCC member is MIX Groups. The Management Information eXchange (MIX) Groups program is a way for owners of concrete construction firms to meet regularly and share best practices without violating antitrust laws. Participation is FREE to members.
Free Guides, Magazines & Newsletters
CPC members receive a free copy of the Guide to Selecting a Concrete Contractor, which is a comprehensive handbook that includes drawings, safety practices, information about insurance coverage, references and tips on how to develop price quotes that beat the competition.
You’ll also receive the ASCC monthly newsletter, where you’ll get to know people and topics related to the organization. All ASCC members also receive free copies of the Safety Manual and the Sealer Publication, plus one free first issue of helpful industry publications like the Contractor’s Guide to Quality Concrete Construction.
Free magazine subscriptions include Concrete International, Concrete Contractor and Concrete Décor – 3 publications that will keep you up-to-date on industry trends. Members also qualify for heavily discounted subscriptions to other magazines.
Directories & Listings
Your business is listed in all ASCC and CPC directories, including online, along with detailed contact information. This makes you highly visible to the public and boosts your reputation with search engines like Google.
When you’re just starting out in the industry or looking to build your network, CPC networking opportunities are a great place to start. Join a CPC committee, attend an event or participate in one of many social outings that put you in the same room as experts in the industry.
Attendance at ASCC Events
The ASCC sponsors world-class events for the concrete industry, including the Annual Meeting, Concrete Executive Leadership Forum and World of Concrete (WoC), which takes place January 21-15, 2019 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Runyon Surface Prep Rental & Supply will be there and we invite contractors to stop by our booth S12339 and say hi. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Runyon Surface Prep Rental & Supply is a full-service sales and rental facility uniquely dedicated to the concrete polishing industry. Our uniqueness comes from providing our customers with a diverse equipment, product and supply portfolio. We offer training and support, such as technique workshops on prep, polishing or removal, and maintain a well-stocked inventory of consumables ready for your projects at a moment’s notice. Rather than perform contract work ourselves, we consult on job sites when necessary. With the backing of our vendors, Runyon Surface Prep offers support at any level, to assist in helping you get things done. We can deliver or ship wherever you need, or you can pick up from our facility.