To become an NRMCA certified pervious concrete installer, contractors must successfully complete three pervious concrete projects. During World of Concrete 2015, attendees had the opportunity to receive credit for one of these projects by participating in the Tennessee Concrete Association (TCA) Concrete Field Project.
During each two-hour session, participants demonstrated procedures for placing, compacting, finishing, edging, jointing, and early curing of a pervious concrete slab. “We cover all the basics people need to be successful in placing pervious concrete,” says Alan Sparkman, TCA executive director. “Some people have experience, but some have never used the placement equipment before [such as roller screeds]. We teach them how to use proven technology.”
TCA invited 11 students from the Concrete Industry Management (CIM) program at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) to help set up the training. “We’re really pleased with the partnership because it allows students to interact with industry leaders and gives them opportunities they can’t get in the normal classroom,” says Sparkman.