Professional Concrete Preparation, Grinding & Polishing Training.

The CPS Academy is a collection of concrete grinding and polishing training courses, hosted by industry professionals and former contractors with millions of square feet of coatings & concrete polishing experience.

CPS Academy Courses

Polished Concrete 101

2-DAY HANDS-ON POLISHED CONCRETE TRAINING
Polished Concrete 101 is a course for novice to experienced concrete grinding and polishing contractors or anyone wanting to learn more about CPS products.
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Hands-on Training

CPS Academy courses focus on and encourage hands-on participation. The best way to learn how to properly grind and polish concrete is by doing it firsthand!
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Coatings Removal & Prep.

Learn how to identify the type of coating to be removed and how to choose the best diamond tool for the job. Also, learn about removal techniques for maximum production.
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Concrete Repair & Joint Filling

Learn how to use CPS Armor Repair Chemicals to apply a grout coat, seamlessly blend spalls & cracks as well as fill joints with polyurea.
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Xact Floor System Spec.

Learn about how to sell the Xact Floor System Specification with tips on estimating and bidding projects and Q&A on marketing your business.
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Diagnosing Problem Slabs

Learn how to deal with problem slabs and understand the ideal environments for polished concrete, resulting in realistic expectations and happy customers.
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Decorative Dyes & Stencils

Learn how to apply concrete dye with a hands-on training on how to apply a multilayer stencil - including set up, and tips and tricks for best practices and placement.

Service Training 101

1-DAY HANDS-ON SERVICE TRAINING
Service Training 101 is a course for mechanics or operators that want to learn more about maintenance on CPS floor grinding equipment such as belt & bearing replacement.
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Maintenance of CPS Equipment

Learn about overall maintenance of CPS equipment including floor grinders and dust extractors, understanding how to properly diagnose any issues.
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Rebuilding Drum

Learn how the floor grinder drums runs and how to properly disassemble and reassemble it, focusing on wearable parts that will need to be replaced on a regular basis.
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Belt & Bearing Replacement

Learn how to replace belts and bearings, saving your company valuable time and money shipping equipment back and forth to service centers.
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Dry / Wet & Propane / Electric

Learn about the effects grinding dry or wet can have on your floor grinder as well as the differences in servicing  propane and electric floor grinding equipment.
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Checking Wear Items

Learn about various wear items and what to look for to keep your grinding and polishing equipment running longer and functioning properly.

Distributor Direct

POLISHING / COATINGS TRAININGS DIRECT TO YOU
Distributor Direct are courses held at CPS Alliance Distributors. The curriculum for these courses varies depending on the hosting distributor.
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Direct to You!

DIRECT MEANS WE COME TO YOU. Distributor Direct courses are held all over America so you can train and never have to leave town!
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Hands-on Training

Distributor Direct courses focus on hands-on participation just like all CPS Academy courses. The best way to learn is by doing it firsthand!
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Polished Concrete

Learn about the basics of polished concrete, diamond tooling technology and various techniques. Most Distributor Direct courses focus on concrete polishing.
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Coatings Installation

Learn about the basics of coatings installation from proper preparation of the concrete to the mixing and application of the concrete coating.
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Polishing Overlays

Learn the basics of overlays, how they are made and what applications are best suited for them as well as the grinding and polishing process, what tools and chemicals work best.

Meet the Trainers

CPS Academy trainers consists of various industry professionals and former contractors with millions of square footage of concrete polishing and coatings experience. When you attend an CPS Academy, your company will receive top notch training from the best of the best.
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Dave Padgett

David Padgett

President / CEO
David started CPS over 18 years ago and has built the company to where it is today!
Dan Grady

Dan Grady

Director of Sales / Marketing
Dan has over 18 years in the industry working with specs and on the contracting side as well as manufacturing.
Corey Payne

Corey Payne

Director of Technical Service
Corey has over 5 years experience servicing almost every brand in the industry.
Dustin Thomas

Dustin Thomas

Inside Sales & Marketing Manager
Dustin has over 16 years experience working for various mfg. companies within the industry.
Rob Barron

Rob Barron

Territory Sales & Technical Support
Rob has over 8 years experience as a former contractor and on the sales side for 5 years.
Rodney Overton

Rodney Overton

Territory Sales & Technical Support
Rodney has over 5 years mostly contracting with having done over a million square foot of install.
Dewayne Curry

Dewayne Curry

Territory Sales & Technical Support
Dewayne has over 5 years mostly contracting with having done over a million square foot of install.
Laramie Smith

Laramie Smith

Territory Sales & Technical Support
Laramie has over 3 years experience coming from the finance side, working to help customers.

Polished Concrete 101

Polished Concrete 101 is a course for novice to experienced concrete grinding and polishing contractors or anyone wanting to learn more about CPS products. Attendees will remove various coatings and polish a concrete floor all the way up to 1500 grit and finish by applying a protective guard. Each part of the class will offer hands-on sections where attendees will be able to run equipment and/or apply chemicals.

- This course is great for -
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Owners Wanting to Start or Expand

Business owners that are interested in expanding their flooring business or to get started in the polished concrete industry.
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Training New Employees

Did your business just hire some fresh recruits? Let CPS train them! They will obtain a great foundation for many years in the industry.
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Learning about CPS Equipment

Those that just want to learn about CPS equipment, diamond tooling and chemicals. It is a great way to get hands-on experience with EVERYTHING!
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Refresher Course

Break out of the old way of doing things and learn about exciting new and improved products and processes that can save your company money.
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Service Training 101

Service Training 101 is a course for mechanics or operators that want to learn more about maintenance on CPS floor grinding equipment. Attendees will break down a CPS drum and go over topics such as bearing and belt replacement and other types of wearable parts. Attendees will also learn about keeping equipment running longer and more efficiently as well as the differences between maintaining propane and electric equipment and the pitfalls when grinding dry or wet.

- This course is great for -
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Owner
Operators

Business owners that are interested in knowing how CPS equipment works and possibly doing repairs in-house saving tons of time and money!
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Floor Grinder
Mechanics

Once your business gets to a certain size, it is important to have an in-house mechanic and that keep equipment running and this training will help get them up to speed.
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Distributors
Service Centers

A key piece to any business within this industry is service. If you are interested in expanding your distribution offering to Service, this is the training for you.
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Refresher
Course

Things change over time and it is important to stay on the cutting edge. Take this course as a refresher and/or to learn about advances to CPS equipment.
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Distributor Direct

Distributor Direct are courses held at CPS Alliance Distributors. The curriculum for these courses varies depending on the hosting distributor. There are various classes that focus on coatings removal and reapplication, polished concrete as well as polishing overlays. Distributor Direct course also will have various members from other industry manufactures that are specialists in their products such as generators, coatings, chemicals and more!

- This course is great for -
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Owners Wanting to Start or Expand

Business owners that are interested in expanding their flooring business or get started in the polished concrete industry.
Gears in Head Icon

Training New Employees

Did your business just hire some fresh recruits? Let CPS train them! They will obtain a great foundation for many years in the industry.
Floor Grinder Outline Icon

Learning about CPS Equipment

Those that just want to learn about CPS equipment, diamond tooling and chemicals. It is a great way to get hands-on experience with EVERYTHING!
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Refresher
Course

Break out of the old way of doing things and learn about exciting new and improved products and processes that can save your company money.
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View distributor direct schedule