What's in ICPI's Contractor Tool Kit?

By Charles McGrath, ICPI Executive Director

ICPI members participating in the 2017 ICPI Hardscape Contractor Survey conducted by Industry Insights, an independent research firm, reported 29% higher sales than nonmembers.

How can ICPI help build your contracting business? Through the ICPI Contractor Tool Kit, the Institute provides the top technical, education and marketing resources for contractors in the concrete paver industry. ICPI can help companies tackle their biggest challenges by:

  • Learning best practices for installing various concrete paver applications
  • Having your installers earn their Concrete Paver Installer Certification
  • Using successful upselling strategies to increase your profitability and help customers realize their dream outdoor environments
  • Marketing your business to potential customers in your area
  • Implementing the latest safety programs to protect your employees and business
  • Gaining access to the latest technical information, design ideas and project profiles

ICPI supplies members with numerous technical resources, including:

  • Detail Drawings
  • Tech Specs
  • Access to ICPI Technical Staff
  • Safety Manual Template
  • Safety Meeting Outlines
  • ICPI Foundation Research
  • Guide Specifications
  • Project Profiles
  • Paver Pros Blog posts
  • Software Programs
  • Interlocking Concrete Pavement (ICP) Inspection Checklist
  • Permeable Interlocking Concrete Pavement (PICP) Inspection Checklist
  • Construction tolerances and recommendations for interlocking concrete pavements
  • Government advocacy

ICPI education resources consist of:

  • Workforce Development Boot Camp Program (beginning December 4, 2018)
  • ICPI Concrete Paver Installer Course and Certification
  • ICPI Residential Specialist Course and Designation
  • ICPI Commercial Specialist Course and Designation
  • ICPI PICP Specialist Course and Designation
  • ICPI Contractor/Installer Professional Courses (coming in Fall 2019)
  • Contractor Webinar Series
  • Hardscape North America VIP Package, Demonstrations and Installer Competition
  • ICPI Complete Business Manual for Concrete Paver Contractors (Vander Kooi)
  • ICPI Contractor Business Report
  • HNA Demonstration Videos Online
  • Opportunity to become an ICPI Authorized Instructor
  • Safety Program Template and outlines for safety training for employees

ICPI has created materials to help member contractors market to residential and commercial customers. Resources address sustainability, durability, design flexibility, life-cycle cost and other key points. Marketing resources include:

  • Customer brochures
  • Company listing on ICPI Contractor Search Engine (13,400 visits in the past year)
  • Concrete paver promotional videos for homeowners (available now) and commercial customers (available in early 2019)
  • HNA Project Awards
  • Membership certificate
  • Membership sample press release
  • ICPI Member logo
  • Membership social media samples
  • Member Directory

To explore all of the resources available, visit the ICPI Contractor Tool Kit page or watch the ICPI Contractor Tool Kit video developed by contractor members with extensive experience.


Tuesday, October 30, 2018