For decorative concrete there is no lack of training opportunities. Although some are better than others, we have not evaluated the classes in the table below; we encourage you to carefully investigate those you find of interest. Manufacturer classes are often excellent, especially if you plan to use their products. There are a few “pure” training opportunities, where there is no bias toward one product over another—ASCC/DCC, World of Concrete, and Concrete Countertops Institute, for example.

American Society of Concrete Contractors/Decorative Concrete Council
DCC Decorative Concrete Expo with seminars from industry experts and a series of demonstrations, Feb. 22–24, 2007, Tampa, $225; Annual ASCC Conference includes decorative demos, Sept. 13–16, 2007 Charlotte

Training in the use of ArcusStone products is available.

Underlayment toppings: preparation and installation, decorative overlay toppings, using adhesives, moisture control; sponsorship by rep, near Pittsburgh

Arizona Polymer Flooring
Surface preparation techniques, stamped overlays, color chip flooring, acid staining, clear driveway sealers, 3 days, $375, Glendale, Ariz.

Bella Vernici
Decorative staining and faux finishes, 3 days, $1000, at decorative distributors nationwide

Surface preparation, including shot blasting, sand blasting, diamond grinding, and scarification, 2.5 days, Oklahoma City

Boulder Image
Installing artificial rockwork and ponds; working with concrete overlays, decorative concrete resurfacing, 2 days, $399, Calif., Ariz., and Texas

Brickform (Rafco Products)
Demonstrations and workshops on decorative saw cutting, acid staining, decorative sand blast stenciling, texturing, overlay cements, countertop systems, free at dealers nationwide

Buddy Rhodes Studio
Techniques for precast countertops (see page 30)