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
866-788-2722
www.ascconline.org  
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

ArcutsStone
510-535-9300
www.arcusstone.com  
Training in the use of ArcusStone products is available.

Ardex
724-203-5262
www.ardex.com  
Underlayment toppings: preparation and installation, decorative overlay toppings, using adhesives, moisture control; sponsorship by rep, near Pittsburgh

Arizona Polymer Flooring
800-562-4921
www.apfepoxy.com  
Surface preparation techniques, stamped overlays, color chip flooring, acid staining, clear driveway sealers, 3 days, $375, Glendale, Ariz.

Bella Vernici
888-508-3289
www.bellavernici.com  
Decorative staining and faux finishes, 3 days, $1000, at decorative distributors nationwide

Blastrac
405-478-3440
www.blastrac.com  
Surface preparation, including shot blasting, sand blasting, diamond grinding, and scarification, 2.5 days, Oklahoma City

Boulder Image
800-627-2521
www.boulderimage.com  
Installing artificial rockwork and ponds; working with concrete overlays, decorative concrete resurfacing, 2 days, $399, Calif., Ariz., and Texas

Brickform (Rafco Products)
800-483-9628
www.brickform.com  
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
877-706-5303
www.buddyrhodes.com  
Techniques for precast countertops (see page 30)