Concrete and Masonry Training & Certification

We Offer Three Different Types of Safety Trainings

Whether you want Concrete and Masonry Training & Certification in as little as two/three hours with our online training or a more robust, customizable option like you get with our DIY training kits or on-site training, we can help you get the Concrete and Masonry Training & Certification you want in the way you want it and at a price you can afford. There is no need to find Concrete and Masonry Training & Certification near you. With our courses, you can train and get certified from anywhere.

Online Training

Online training is for those who prefer self-paced training from any location or for employers who need to assign courses to their employees. Online training is also eligible for bulk pricing discounts for groups of 16+ trainees.

Training Kits

The kit is for those who want to do the training themselves. It’s an Canada compliant concrete and masonry training PowerPoint presentation to train a group of people at one time in one location. If you need to train a trainer we offer a train the trainer course.

Train the Trainer

The concrete and masonry train the trainer course is meant to certify a single individual to use the training kit to train others. The kit is included with the train the trainer online course for no additional cost. Results in a lifetime certification.

What’s in the Concrete and Masonry Training & Certification Course?

Our Concrete & Masonry Construction training course is regulation compliant, and our online version fulfills classroom training requirements. Each class contains sections on equipment, safe operations, personal protective equipment (PPE), and common hazards.

During this training, we will be taking a look at the machinery and equipment you will use on the worksite. We will also cover safe operations in cement handling, concrete placement, vertical shoring and reshoring, and formwork. We will discuss how to safely handle prestressed and precast concrete and how to safely perform lift slab operations. We will cover proper masonry construction procedures. Then, you will learn about the PPE used in concrete and masonry construction. Finally, we will go over the most common hazards and examine case studies to determine how to avoid similar accidents.

This presentation includes intermittent practice quiz questions to prepare for the final written exam included with the course. In addition to the written exam, this course also includes a checklist for employers to use when administering a practical exam as required by Canada.

Though you will still need to familiarize yourself with all other applicable federal, state, and local standards, this training encompasses the following laws and regulations:

Canada Standards

  • Canada A23.1 – Concrete Materials & Methods of Construction

  • Canada A23.2 – Test Methods & Standard Practices for Concrete

  • Canada A23.3 – Design of Concrete Structures

  • Canada A23.4 – Precast Concrete

  • Canada S269.1 – Falsework & Formwork

  • Canada A165.1 – Concrete Block Masonry Units

  • Canada A165.2 – Concrete Brick Masonry Units

  • Canada A165.3 – Prefaced Concrete Masonry Units

  • Canada A179 – Mortar & Grout for Unit Masonry

  • Canada A370 – Connectors for Masonry

  • Canada 371 – Masonry Construction for Buildings

  • Canada S304 – Design of Masonry Structures

Why do I need a Concrete and Masonry Training & Certification

In line with regulations, anyone who works with concrete and masonry must receive training prior to operating the machine on their own. While requirements for refresher training are very specific, most safety trainings don’t have such specific requirements. However it’s wise to follow the same guidelines.. Most other equipment doesn’t have such specific requirements, but it’s wise to follow the same guidelines.

When it comes to refresher training, the standards in some instances (like forklifts) are very specific: operators must be re-evaluated every three years to see if they are still competent to operate the equipment. Best practices say to apply this same rule to all types of equipment. A so-called “free-pass” cannot be awarded based on experience, age, or time on the job. The extent of the evaluation is to be determined by the employer but should include a written and practical examination that proves continued competency.

Concrete and Masonry Training & Certification - Competent Person

Canada defines a “competent person” as someone who “is capable of identifying existing and predictable hazards in [their] surroundings or working conditions which are unsanitary, hazardous, or dangerous to employees.” A competent person has the authorization to take “prompt corrective measures” to minimize or eliminate hazards. They have enough training and/or experience to be “capable of identifying workplace hazards relating to the specific operation and has the authority to correct them.” Some standards do have additional, specific requirements that must be met in order for an employee to be considered a competent person. Our Concrete and Masonry Competent Person Training option fulfills Canada’s training requirements.

Stay Informed On All Things

Did You Know?

  • On average, 77 concrete and masonry construction workers die on the job each year in the United States. (BLS)

  • The top violation cited in the concrete construction industry is respiratory protection. (OSHA)

  • The leading cause of death among bricklayers and masons is falling to a lower level. (The Center for Construction Research & Training)

Concrete and Masonry Training & Certification FAQs

Why is concrete important in construction?

Concrete is an ideal building material because it is durable. Structures made of concrete last much longer because they can withstand weathering, erosion, and other forces. Concrete retains heat and cold which reduces the need for people to spend as much money on heating and cooling the building. It is also considered safer because of its inability to burn or rot.

Is concrete waterproof?

Concrete becomes porous as it dries, which means it isn’t waterproof. There are some products that can make concrete less porous, thus making them more waterproof. These products are either mixed into the concrete when it’s poured or applied as a topcoat after the concrete has cured.

What are the different types of concrete?

The different types are modern concrete, high-strength, concrete, high-performance concrete, ultra-high-performance concrete, stamped concrete, self-consolidating concrete, shotcrete, and limecrete. Modern concrete is the most commonly used. You will often see it used in urban construction projects.

What is the difference between concrete and cement?

Cement is an ingredient used to create concrete. It comes in a powder form and has to be mixed with water to produce a paste. That paste is mixed with aggregates (sand and rock) to create concrete. Think about producing concrete like making a cake. Cement is similar to flour. While flour is a main ingredient in cake, you still need to add sugar, eggs, and other ingredients to make the cake. It’s the same with concrete; you can’t produce it with cement alone.

What is considered masonry?

The most common masonry unit is a brick. Marble units, granite units, limestone units, cast stone units, concrete blocks, glass blocks, and adobe blocks also fall under the category of “masonry.” By definition, masonry construction is the process of creating structures from individual masonry units that are sealed together with mortar.

Does masonry include concrete?

Yes, some masonry structures are built from concrete blocks. Additionally, masonry units are sealed together with mortar, and one of the main ingredients in mortar is cement. So, while mortar isn’t made from concrete, it is made from the same basic ingredient as concrete.

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