CCSP Module I

Introduction to Concrete Fundamentals – Concrete 101

October 17 – 20, 2023 | Denver, CO | SOLD OUT

This course is SOLD OUT. To be added to the waitlist and/or to receive information on the next course offering once it becomes available, please send your request to meetings dept.

If you need to set up a profile for a registrant, please contact NRMCA Membership or 703.706.4800.

Cost: Member: $1,150 |  Non-Member: $1,500

Course & Hotel Room Block Location:
Courtyard by Marriott Denver Downtown, 934 16th Street, Denver, CO 80202
P: (303) 571-1114

Meeting Room Location: Victory (subject to change)

Hotel Parking:
On-site, self-parking is available at the prevailing rate (currently $44.00/day). Valet parking is not available. Additional fees apply for oversized vehicles. Off-site parking is available at Independence Plaza, which is an independent garage, not associate with the hotel located .2 miles from the hotel.

Room Rate:
$229 per night plus applicable taxes.

Cut-Off Date:
Tuesday, September 26, 2023, or whenever the room block sells out, whichever occurs first.

The closest airport is the Denver International Airport (DEN) located 24 miles from the Courtyard Marriott Downtown.

The hotel does NOT offer shuttle service. A taxi will cost approximately $55 each way from DEN to the host hotel. To schedule a SuperShuttle or shared ride transportation, please contact SuperShuttle directly at (800) 258-3826.

Full cancellation refunds, less a $125 administration fee, will be extended until Tuesday, September 26, 2023. All cancellations after Tuesday, September 26, 2023, will not be refunded. Fee cancellations cannot be transferred to a future class. Substitutions can be made at any time with no penalty. Registration cancellations must be made in writing here.

Confirmation of Event:
A class confirmation, confirming the course will run as scheduled, will be sent via email no later than COB, Tuesday, September 26, 2023. It is advisable not to make travel arrangements until you receive the class confirmation.

Important/Class Confirmation:
NRMCA reserves the right to cancel this event. Class confirmations will be sent to registrants via email no later than COB, Tuesday, September 26, 2023. In the unlikely event the class is cancelled, NRMCA will refund the entire registration fee, but is not responsible for airline and hotel reservation fees. You are responsible for making and paying for your own hotel and travel arrangements.


Recommended for any non-technical personnel needing a general background in concrete.

Class times: Day 1-3: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm | Exam time: Day 4: 8:00 am – 10:00 am

SESSION 1: Fundamental of Concrete
An overview of concrete, including its properties and basic components, the properties required for plastic and hardened concrete, and the variables that influence the quality of concrete. An in-depth review of the ACI Publication E-701 as it pertains to concrete’s component materials: Portland cement, aggregates, water, air and cementitious materials.

SESSION 2: Component Materials of Concrete
An introduction to admixtures and an explanation of their purpose. Explores air entraining and water reducing admixtures, accelerators and retarders, as well as other “value added” admixtures. Also covers synthetic fibers.

SESSION 3: Proportioning Concrete Basics; Pre-Placement Conference
Understanding the basics of proper mix designs and the properties needed for quality mix proportioning. An overview of the salesperson’s role in specifications review and mix design submittals. Pre-placement conference: why they are critical, who is involved and the benefits associated with them.

SESSION 4: Batching, Mixing and Delivery
An exploration of ready mixed concrete types, ASTM C 94 requirements, the benefits of using ready mixed concrete, how specifications for concrete are determined, the requirements for remixing concrete and the preparations necessary for product delivery. Includes yield, tolerances in slump and entrained air, batch control systems, batch plants, concrete inspection and testing.

SESSION 5: Handling, Placing and Finishing and Curing Concrete
An overview of the proper methods and procedures used in consolidating and finishing concrete. Covers transporting, forms, placement tips, concrete conveying devices, and curing concrete, as well as precautions for hot and cold weather concreting.

SESSION 6: Basic Concrete Troubleshooting
Provides the basics of troubleshooting concrete slabs, such as workability, place-ability, finish-ability, and the problems associated with cracking, crazing, and dusting. Also covers troubleshooting yield and provides an introduction to troubleshooting concrete strengths.

For more information, contact Shawnita Dickens at 703-706-4854.