ISO 17024-minded CMHA retools paver, SRW, veneer installer certification

Source: Concrete Masonry & Hardscapes Association, Herndon, Va.

The Concrete Masonry & Hardscapes Association Certified Concrete Paver Installer (CCPI) program is effective July 1, its launch reflecting CMHA pursuit of accreditation to the global standard, ISO 17024 Conformity assessment — General requirements for bodies operating certification of persons. CCPI caps a CMHA Board and Education Committee initiative to update and extend legacy Concrete Paver Installer certification and advance credential value by meeting an internationally recognized standard. 

“CMHA already had the framework established in providing top-notch industry educational programs benefitting members, the hardscaping industry, consumers, academic institutions, and government bodies,” says Certification Committee Chairman Gary Stowe. “Our objective moving forward is to reinforce our industry’s efforts by developing recognized programs which will establish certification holders as professionals in the trade by state and federal standards.”

CCPI is based on a Job Task Analysis; includes a separation of the training course and assessment exam; and, continues to require initial installation experience, examination, continued education, and renewal requirements. Individuals holding current ICPI Concrete Paver Installer certification can enroll in CMHA’s Grandfathered Certification Program, granting formal CMHA Certified Concrete Paver Installer credential for July-December 2023. Additional information on CCPI can be obtained from CMHA Certification Quality Manager Aaron Paul, [email protected].

The Paver Installer transition sets the stage for parallel action on companion CMHA programs: Certified Segmental Retaining Wall Installer in 2024, Certified Permeable Interlocking Concrete Pavement Installer in 2025, and Certified Manufactured Stone Veneer Installer in 2026. The development for each program will take about a year to transition and become accredited.

“CMHA is paving the way for education in this industry,” affirms President Bob Thomas. “Our efforts to invest in the people who make up this industry for years to come is a principle we dedicate ourselves to and this is just the beginning.”