We can’t emphasize enough how important it is to look for an ICPI-certified concrete paver installer when you’re shopping around for a company to install hardscaping on your property. And we’re not just saying that because we’re ICPI certified. While there are plenty of considerations in choosing a hardscape contractor, this is a key signal of credibility and competence.
What Is ICPI?
It’s the Interlocking Concrete Paver Institute, the North American trade organization for interlocking concrete paver installers. Yes, there’s a trade organization for such a specific, specialized industry! Paver installation is more complex than it looks, a real blend of craftsmanship and science.
ICPI sets quality standards for estimating, designing, and installing paver hardscaping. It also disseminates resources and reliable information for contractors, promotes the industry, and more. It’s the most important group in our line of work, helping installers consistently provide the best work possible and in turn looking out for the consumer’s best interest.
Why Choose an ICPI-Certified Contractor?
By hiring an ICPI-certified concrete paver installer, you can proceed with confidence that you’re choosing well-trained professionals who take their work and reputation seriously. They’ve taken an ICPI course and are highly educated in industry standards, materials, tools, and techniques—and they’ve passed the exam to prove it.
They’ve also submitted a portfolio of at least five completed projects for evaluation. On top of that, they pursue continuing education to keep up with the latest best practices and innovations. Initial certification is for five years, after which time it’s renewed every three years. Any certified contractor should be able to show you a current certificate from ICPI for verification.