The Michigan Concrete Association (MCA) was established in 1952 as a forum for the State's ready-mixed industry and an educational resource for consumers. Its main objectives are to promote and advance the use, and improve the quality, of concrete. MCA offers a certification program for Decorative Concrete Finishers and Technicians, the only such state-based program in the country. We were certified through this program in March 2016.
Founded in 1904 and headquartered in Farmington Hills, Michigan, the American Concrete Institute (ACI) is a leading authority and resource worldwide for the development and distribution of standards, technical resources, educational, training and certification programs, and proven expertise for individuals and organizations involved in concrete design, construction and materials. We were certified through ACI's Concrete Flatwork Finisher and Technician program in April 2016.
Hanley Wood Media, Inc. holds a huge international conference and convention, annually, in Las Vegas, called "World of Concrete", dedicated to the concrete and masonry industries. We earned a Master Certificate in Decorative Concrete from World of Concrete (WOC) in 2003, and again in 2016. In 2006, we were also one of the few companies nationwide asked to participate in WOC's annual, weeklong "Artistry in Concrete" demonstrations, held outside during the conference and convention.
Education in Concrete Coatings is critical to selecting appropriate sealers for decorative concrete installations so as to resist the forces of concrete deterioration, and maximize durability and longevity. We took the Concrete Coatings program by NACE in 2003, in Tampa. In May 2014, we attended their Concrete Coatings conference in Philadelphia. We were also trained and certified in Polyurea Coatings, the latest - and most durable - sealer technology in Concrete Coatings, by Citadel Flooring Systems in June 2014 .
At WOC 2015 in Las Vegas, we received Tradesman Certification in Polished Concrete, by the Concrete Polishing Association of America. Polished concrete can be used in conjunction with acid stains or dyes, and unlike most decorative concrete does not require a film-forming sealer.
At WOC 2016 in Las Vegas, we received certification in Concrete Slab Moisture Testing by the International Concrete Repair Institute (ICRI). Proper moisture testing, though not always done, is a critical element of the success of any decorative concrete flooring project. As shown by the listing of company owner, Jeff Donius, on the ICRI web site locator here, Premier Veneers is currently the only company in the State of Michigan that provides ICRI-certified Concrete Slab Moisture Testing.
We hold training certifications from several companies in the use of decorative concrete related products. In the area of acid staining, we have been certified by Gaye Goodman of Faux Real, Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Scofield Products of Atlanta, Georgia.
In the area of cement overlays, concrete sealers, dyes, and stains, we have been certified by Elite Crete Systems of Valparaiso, Indiana, Surecrete Design Products of Dade City, Florida, and Ardex of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania.
In the specialty area of concrete engraving, we have received training and certification from Engrave-A-Crete, Inc. of Mansfield, Missouri.
In 2002, we attended Incon University, in Orlando, Florida, in 2002, and received education and certification in new concrete technologies, including the use of white cement, and concrete homes.
In 2003, we took and completed the EPA-mandated, lead safety training for companies working in remodeling, repair, and painting, from MasiMax Resources, Inc. of Reston, Virginia.
Contractor Licensing & Certification
Michigan has a state licensing requirement. In Illinois, decorative concrete contractors are required to register with every county in which they do business.
In 1999, we tested, and passed, the Michigan Residential Builders, Maintenance & Alterations Contractor licensing exam, in the Painting and Concrete trades. We took the exam and passed again, in December 2013, after the State of Michigan revised its licensing requirements, in 2008, to require 60 hours of pre-licensure education.
We took and passed that 60-hour Residential Builder's pre-licensure course from the License to Build company. Previously, we took and completed, in 2003, Contractor College, from the Painting & Decorating Contractors of America (PDCA) in 2003.