Concrete Sawing and Drilling Association (CSDA) Training classes boast 1,000 grads

A milestone has been achieved with the 1,000th student graduating from Concrete Sawing and Drilling Association training classes held November 6-15, 2003. Since the CSDA offered its first class, Cutting Edge, in 1993, 686 students have graduated from this program. Since Operator Certification was started in 1996, 161 students have graduated from this course, as well as 125 from the OSHA 10-hour Construction Safety course. A new Estimating course was introduced this year, with 30 students graduating from the first two classes.

Cutting Edge is an intensive two-day training course that provides students with a strong foundation in sawing and drilling operations and industry fundamentals. Operator Certification is a comprehensive six-day training course that combines detailed classroom instruction with the practical, hands-on application of advanced cutting techniques. The new Estimating course is a two-day course focused on the practice of estimating for the sawing and drilling industry.

“CSDA offers the most comprehensive training you’ll find in the concrete cutting industry. The courses take an in-depth look at diamond tool technology, wall sawing, flat sawing, hand sawing, wire sawing, core drilling, advanced sawing and drilling techniques, and estimating,” said lead instructor Rick Norland. “Operators who attend are among the most talented in the industry and they benefit greatly from listening to their colleagues discuss different approaches to similar problems and unique solutions.”

The 2004 Training Programs in Clearwater, Fla., are scheduled to begin February 5-14, 2004, just prior to the World of Concrete.

For more information, call the CSDA office at 727-577-5004 or visit

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