Authorized Hardscape
Contractor Program

For Professional Landscape Contractors

 
 

Grow your business and earn rewards:

More project owners and construction professionals are requiring landscape contractors to fulfill and maintain industry-approved training credentials because they recognize the value of using professionals who stand behind their workmanship and uphold industry standards.

As a result, our company has developed our Authorized Hardscape Contractor Program to provide a basis for authorizing professional landscape contractors, and improving the quality of interlocking and permeable paver and retaining wall installations.

Program Advantages Education Qualifications

Program Advantages

Education & Resources

County Materials provides a variety of industry education and resources designed to strengthen your sales and enhance workmanship to a higher professional level.


Qualified Leads

As a County Materials Authorized Contractor, you are eligible to receive qualified leads that we have processed through our referral system to help you with potential new business and increase your closing rate.


Rebates

A County Materials Authorized Contractor is also eligible to receive rebates based on your total purchases of County Materials manufactured product each year.


Eligible Authorized Contractors may also receive
additional program benefits, including:

Promotional opportunities and programs


Industry certification scholarships

Homeshow or tradeshow material discounts


Priority shipments of product catalogs, technical data and product samples

Authorized Contractor recognition


Entry of projects into state and national landscape award competitions

Education & Training

County Materials is a strong advocate and leader for providing continuing education and industry resources for our customers. County Materials hosts or sponsors the following training courses, industry certifications and seminars each year.

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  • Spring Contractor Academies

    Be one of the first to learn about County Materials’ newest landscape product styles, colors and textures, and see proper installation techniques.

  • Authorized Hardscape Contractor Program Event

    Be the first to learn the latest industry recommendations and installation best practices, as well as creative sales training to help you land that next paver project.

  • ICPI Level 1 Concrete Paver Installer Certification Program

    County Materials promotes and sponsors ICPI certifications that provide industry established guidelines on estimating, planning, and executing residential interlocking concrete paver installation projects. Participants who successfully complete the day and a half class, and written exam, receive a certificate of completion and the knowledge to help reduce or eliminate costly call backs, meet the expectations of customers, designers and specifiers, and set yourself apart from the competition.

  • ICPI Permeable Interlocking Concrete Pavement (PICP) Specialists Course

    More projects are being specified with environmentally friendly pavements. The Permeable Interlocking Concrete Pavement (PICP) Specialist Course is a one-day classroom based course that trains experienced contractors about the differences of installing PICP vs. regular interlocking concrete pavement systems.

  • NCMA SRW Installer Education Programs (Level 1 and 2)

    Installer certification provides you a competitive advantage over noncertified peers by enhancing marketability, demonstrating dedication to construction quality, and increasing product knowledge and equipment awareness. County Materials offers the Basic Level 1 course which covers current industry approved SRW installation guidelines, material and system component properties, soils and compaction and site practices. The Advanced Level 2 course provides detailed instruction on SRW installations for Residential and Small Commercial Projects and also covers wall layout and planning, how to effectively manage water and drainage issues, and explains construction of tiered walls, corners, curves, raised patios and more.

Program Qualifications

Authorized Hardscape Contractor

County Materials Authorized Hardscape ContractorCounty Materials Hardscape Contractor authorization renewal is necessary every two years. It requires continued compliance with County Materials Authorized Contractor Program requirements outlined below.

Prerequisites:

  • As a prerequisite to applying for the program, a professional contractor must be in business for at least 2 years. This includes at minimum 1 year installing hardscape projects, with a proven track record of successful installations.
  • Must have a current account in good standing with County Materials.
  • At least one key individual (example: owner, foreman, supervisor) must maintain ICPI CPI and NCMA Level one certification.

Project Installation Requirements:

  • Installer must submit 3 completed hardscape projects that are evaluated and approved by an authorized County Materials Project Inspector for proper installation.
  • Provide each property owner with a written guarantee for workmanship, for a minimum of 2 years.
  • Perform and conduct all business in a professional manner, including providing workmanship excellence and the highest quality service to their clients, as well as practicing and upholding the professional principles and standards set by the landscape industry for hardscape installations.
  • Install County Materials products as specified by County Materials, following ICPI requirements.

Sales Requirements:

  • Display County Materials yard signs on installation projects.
  • Promote and sell County Materials hardscape products as your primary product option for all residential project estimates, and commercial applications when applicable, and only use other products when necessary due to product availability or customer preference.
  • Adhere to all County Materials terms and conditions of sale.

Education & Training Requirements:

  • Authorized Hardscape Contractors must participate in educational programs offered by ICPI and NCMA (as listed under prerequisites above), and attend County Materials annual Authorized Contractor event.

Additional Designation: Permeable Paver Specialist

County Materials Authorized Hardscape ContractorAuthorized Contractors may also qualify for the designation as a Permeable Paver Specialist and earn additional rebates. It requires continued compliance with County Materials’Authorized Contractor Program requirements and the following criteria outlined below.

Prerequisites:

  • As a prerequisite to receiving the additional designation as Permeable Paver Specialist, a professional contractor must be in business for at least 4 years, and have a current account in good standing with County Materials, and fulfill all requirements to be an Authorized Hardscape Contractor (see program summary at left).

Additional Education & Training Requirements:

  • An installer must successfully complete ICPI PICP Course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Participate in 4 CEU seminars that cover permeable paver product and installation training, as approved by County Materials.

Project Installation Requirements:

  • Installer must complete 3 permeable paver projects that are evaluated and approved by an authorized County Materials Project Inspector. An authorized County Materials Project Inspector will be required onsite for the first 3 projects to inspect for proper installation and site control at designated points during construction.
  • Complete a minimum of 10,000 square feet of paver installations following ICPI requirements. This includes a minimum of 2 separate permeable paver project installations within the 2 year period.

DISCLAIMER AND UNDERSTANDING

County Materials’ Authorized Contractor Program is intended to provide education and industry resources to landscape contractors defined by the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI) and the National Concrete Masonry Association (NCMA). Industryguidelinesmayinclude estimating, planning and executing residential and commercial landscape projects. County Materials’ Authorized Contractor Program conveys that an Authorized Contractor has achieved and maintained requirements for the ICPI Concrete Paver Installer certification or designation status, including earning a Record of Completion from the ICPI and meeting the minimum amount of installation experience required by ICPI. County Materials exercises no control or direction over authorized contractors and does not in any manner endorse, guarantee, or authorize the performance or quality of services rendered, or products used that are not manufactured by County Materials. County Materials further disclaims any and all liability for injuries or damages to persons or property or for monetary damages arising out of or resulting from the failure of performance of services rendered or products used by an installer holding an ICPI certification and meeting the requirements of County Materials’ Authorized Contractor Programs.

More details and eligibility requirements are available
by asking your County Materials sales representative.

(800) 242-7733

Authorized Hardscape Contractors

The following contractors have completed industry-approved training courses and earned level one certification from the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI) and the National Concrete Masonry Association (NCMA).

These contractors have made a commitment to perform and conduct all business in a professional manner, including providing workmanship excellence and the highest quality service to their clients, as well as practicing and upholding the professional principles and standards set by the landscape industry for hardscape installations. Their certifications included training on estimating, planning, and executing residential and commercial interlocking concrete paver and segmental retaining wall installations in accordance with national specifications.