What is the IICRC?
IICRC is an acronym for the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, an organization developed in 1972 to set standards for the inspection, cleaning, and restoration service industries. Considered a certification and standard-setting body rather than an association, the group includes 53,000 active certified registered technicians and 6,000 certified firms, individuals and companies.
So what does it mean to hold the IICRC certification?
When your property is damaged by water from a flood, sewer backup, storms, burst pipes, overflowing appliances, or other causes, many possessions and structural elements that make it home are suddenly wet, soggy, unusable in their present state, and potentially full of bacteria. To stop the damage and restore your home to its dry state, you need professionals certified by IICRC.
IICRC Training and Certification
To obtain certification, technicians take a series of classes in specialized areas of cleaning, inspection, and restoration and pass a standardized exam. After certification, registrants must keep up with trends in the field and the challenges presented by new materials through continuing education credits (CECs) to maintain their certification. Starting out as journeyman professionals in these areas, they can move up to master technicians with additional training and 3 to 5 years experience. The classes familiarize participants with industry standards for cleaning and restoring, as well as with different techniques used in the industry.
- Certifications within the cleaning area include subspecialties in carpeting, carpet repair, color repair, commercial carpet, floor care, housecleaning, leather cleaning, resilient flooring maintenance, rugs, stonemason and ceramic tile, upholstery fabric, and wood floor maintenance.
- Certifications within the inspection area include carpet, ceramic tile, substrate subfloor, marble and stone, resilient flooring and wood laminate flooring inspector.
- Certifications in the restoration area include applied microbial remediation, applied structural drying, building moisture thermography, commercial drying, fire and smoke restoration, health and safety, odor control, and water damage restoration.