As the first international commercial concrete and masonry construction show in 2008, World of Masonry/World of Concrete will offer all the newest products and latest technologies. The event also will feature an informative education program consisting of 90-minute and 3-hour seminars, indoor/outdoor exhibits, and events and demonstrations, plus resources and valuable information for all industry professionals.

For the third consecutive year, World of Masonry/World of Concrete is honored to be part of the U.S. Department of Commerce International Buyer Program to further expand the U.S. exhibitors' international presence.

Every year, MASONRY CONSTRUCTION magazine hosts several events that are important to mason attendees. Returning for 2008, and part of the MASONRY CONSTRUCTION'S CHALLENGE, will be the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500. Always a crowd favorite, teams of one bricklayer and one tender compete to lay a double-wythe, 26-foot wall with as many brick as possible in 60 minutes, while meeting the contest's stringent quality requirements. This event is the premier bricklaying competition in the world, with top masons from around the nation competing for about $150,000 in prizes.

World of Masonry/World of Concrete also is known for the best how-to educational program in the business, and the 2008 version will offer 150+ sessions, new tracks, and a revised Master Certificate program.

"We are very excited about the changes and additions to the 2008 education program," says Bonnie King, Senior Conference Manager for World of Masonry/World of Concrete.

The revised Master Certificate Program requires 9 hours in a major track and 3 hours in elective tracks. By allowing 3 hours in an elective track, the attendee benefits from time spent in an additional or complimentary subject area. Also new this year, both 3-hour and 90-minute seminars qualify toward the Master Certificate, adding even more options and flexibility for completing the 12 hours required for this Certificate.

A new track addition for 2008 is Green Building, which is part of the 90-minute seminars. Sustainability and environmentally-friendly construction is growing in demand, making this track of six sessions a timely addition to the education program.

For the second year, the State of Florida's Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) and the Construction Industry Licensing Board (CILB) have approved Hanley Wood Exhibitions as an Educational Provider. Select technical, safety, and business courses will be submitted for approval for certified and registered general contractors, building contractors, residential contractors, and other construction professionals licensed by the state of Florida.

Also new for 2008:
Continuing Education opportunities are expanding to include 3-hour seminars, as well as 90-minute sessions. Now all sessions will be submitted for American Institute of Architects Continuing Education Systems (AIA/CES) learning units and Professional Development Hours (PDHs)

OSHA 10-hour Construction Safety for Concrete Construction, held Monday and Tuesday. This course satisfies the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) 10-hour construction safety training program requirements. Participants will receive an OSHA construction safety and health 10-hour course completion card.

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