Concrete Masonry & Hardscapes Association

Career Outlook

Concrete paver sales are up 60% from 2010 to 2019, and skyrocketed in 2020 with more people enhancing their homes with outdoor living areas. With more demand for hardscaping projects and more need for installers, contractor employee salaries have increased more than 15% in the past three years. Meanwhile, four of every five contractors report that their major business challenge is recruiting and hiring enough qualified employees. What this means for you is OPPORTUNITY! You can build a career that lasts in an enjoyable, fulfilling craft.



Careers Represented

Contractor/Business Owner, Installer, Office Manager, Sales, Marketing,  Engineer, Architect, Project Manager, Estimator, Draftsman/CAD Operator, Designer, Foreman

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Educational Opportunities

From beginning installer to advanced-level contractor and design professional, CMHA has a course for you where you can grow your knowledge of the hardscape industry.


Brief Overview

The Concrete Masonry & Hardscapes Association (CMHA) represents a unification of the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI) and National Concrete Masonry Association (NCMA). CMHA is a trade association representing US and Canadian producers and suppliers in the concrete masonry and hardscape industry, as well as contractors of interlocking concrete pavement and segmental retaining walls. CMHA is the authority for segmental concrete products and systems, which are the best value and preferred choice for resilient pavement, structures, and living spaces. CMHA is dedicated to the advancement of these building systems through research, promotion, education, and the development of manufacturing guides, design codes and resources, testing standards, and construction practices.

Visit our website to learn more about the variety of services we offer to members through a vast library of technical publications, online design idea galleries, publications, paver installer certification programs and more.
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    Typical Education

    Many installers learn on the job from their fellow crew members and supervisors. Others come to the industry with degrees in landscape management or horticulture from two-year or four-year degree programs. Learn more at HardscapingIs.

    Once an installer has some experience, CMHA certification is the next step.


    CMHA events include


    Industry Meetings

    and the Hardscape North America trade show.

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