In order to gain an edge in the carpet cleaning industry, many professionals become water restoration certified. A company can use this certification to stand out in the industry and, more importantly, to clients by offering a greater variety of high quality services. Many professionals turn to the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) for coursework and ultimately as a trusted certifying authority.
In addition to water restoration, the IICRC provides several areas of study and certification. After a year’s experience and the successful completion of three courses, professionals who seek accreditation can achieve the designation of IICRC journeyman. Potential journeymen learn carpet cleaning, carpet repair, and liquid damage repair. In the final class on liquid damage repair, professionals gain an understanding of how water dries, how it damages a home and about possible lasting consequences. In addition to identifying and determining the extent of water damage, students will learn how to manage sewer backflow and counteract the growth of mold in a home.
Once a group of carpet cleaning professionals achieves a journeyman designation, they can go on to obtain a master level certification. Potential master water restorers must demonstrate three years experience and complete advanced coursework in structural drying, microbial remediation, and health and safety. The first class covers preparation and methods for drying materials quickly, including how to assess whether water damage material is adequately dry and therefore safe for use. Advanced microbial remediation helps professionals to learn to swiftly evaluate the growth of mold and handle the necessary treatment. The final class covers how restorers can minimize risk to themselves and crew while abating hazardous molds and bacteria. Other health and safety issues include various dangerous environments and navigating tight spaces. Students will learn about the industry’s safety standards, necessary protective equipment and gear, and methods of record keeping for inspections, among other topics.
The IICRC employs certified instructors around the nation to distribute coursework and take professionals through the accreditation process. These instructors are independent and highly certified and make it possible for professionals nation-wide to access instruction and certification for water restoration. The IICRC offers courses at several points throughout the year, and each class typically runs for a few days in total. After each lesson, the prospective water restorer must pass a written exam in order to achieve certification.
The IICRC offers the CleanTrust logo and patches to companies who receive their well-known industry certifications. This immediately recognizable mark indicates to others in the profession and to your clientele that you abide by top carpet cleaning industry standards. In addition the CleanTrust symbol, all accredited companies appear in the large IICRC database where potential customers can locate your business. The database referral and CleanTrust logo provide certified professionals an enormous competitive advantage amongst others in their field.