Concrete and Masonry Training & Certification

 

Whether you want concrete and masonry certification in as little as two 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 you want in the way you want it and at a price, you can afford.

 

We offer three different types of safety training for concrete and masonry?

Training Kits

The kit is for those who want to do the training themselves. It’s an CSA 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.

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.

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. More Info

Onsite Training

Onsite training is for companies looking for concrete and masonry hands-on training at your location. We come to you (from Rexburg, Idaho) so travel expenses are included, because of this onsite training is best for groups of at least 5-10+ trainees.

 

What’s in the Concrete and Masonry Training 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 CSA.

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:

 

  • Encompasses these Canada Standards
  • CSA A23.1 – Concrete Materials & Methods of Construction

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

  • CSA A23.3 – Design of Concrete Structures

  • CSA A23.4 – Precast Concrete

  • CSA S269.1 – Falsework & Formwork

  • CSA A165.1 – Concrete Block Masonry Units

  • CSA A165.2 – Concrete Brick Masonry Units

  • CSA A165.3 – Prefaced Concrete Masonry Units

  • CSA A179 – Mortar & Grout for Unit Masonry

  • CSA A370 – Connectors for Masonry

  • CSA 371 – Masonry Construction for Buildings

  • CSA S304 – Design of Masonry Structures

 

Concrete and Masonry Train the Trainer Certification

The concrete and masonry train the trainer option is used to certify a trainer to teach others using the included training kit. It incorporates the concrete and masonry training online course with an additional train the trainer module, as well as the concrete and masonry training kit. This option results in an CSA compliant lifetime concrete and masonry trainer certification from Hard Hat Training. This certification is not company-specific, meaning you can take it with you should you change employers.

Concrete and Masonry Competent Person Training

CSA 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 CSA’s training requirements.

Why do I need concrete and masonry training?

In line with regulations, anyone who works with concrete and masonry must receive training prior to operating the machine on their own. Requirements for refresher training related to forklifts or other processes are very specific. 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.

 

  • 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)

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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.