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Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, Restoration Certification

IICRC-logo Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification

"The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) has served as the Industry Guardian for the cleaning, inspection and restoration service industries for 40 years. As a non-profit certification organization, the IICRC helps ensure that you have access to trusted and trained cleaning professionals by establishing and monitoring certification programs and standards for these industries."

"To qualify for IICRC-Certified Firm status businesses must demonstrate proof of insurance, maintain a written customer complaint policy with documented follow-up and provide ongoing education and training leading to certification for all technicians. IICRC Certified Firms are also required to abide by the IICRC Code of Ethics. Services provided by IICRC–Certified professionals range from flooring inspection and cleaning to mold remediation to water and fire damage restoration." www.iicrc.org/default.shtml


In 1972 several cleaning and restoration trade organizations joined to form the IICRC. The IICRC became a non-profit organization 25 years later. The IICRC's mission is to promote high standards of professionalism, technical excellence, and ethics for those working in the cleaning and restoration industry. There are over 53,000 certified technicians throughout the world, many of which are certified for multiple specialties. Enhanced Carpet Cleaning is proud to be a one of the 6,000 Certified Firms in existence.

The IICRC does not maintain schools or instructors, but rather certifies those who meet stringent qualifications in business ethics and technical expertise. Currently there are more than 150 IICRC approved instructors. El Paso professionals often take formal classes in Phoenix, Dallas, San Antonio, and Houston. Sometimes an instructor is brought into El Paso to teach courses.

The IICRC Literally Wrote the Book on Cleaning and Restoration

Rather, the IICRC has written several books. In addition to serving as guidelines for the industry, these books are used by government agencies, as well as influence ANSI, OSHA, and ISO standards. They are also used heavily by courts to decide law suits regarding the actions or inactions of companies in the cleaning and restoration industry. Following IICRC guidelines is the best way of insuring that one is using the best practices and latest scientific results available to the industry. Some IICRC publications are endorsed by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).


There are currently over 25 IICRC certification courses. Courses cover everything from inspecting materials for manufacturing defects to carpet and upholstry cleaning. From restoring homes damaged by fire and water, to best practices for janitorial firms. Each course requires passing a rigorous exam. Graduate students MUST take continuing education courses to be eligible to renew their certification. CEU classes are often available at trade events throughout the year as well as online.

Courses last between a few hours to a full week depending on the material covered. Professionals desiring certification in Applied Structural Drying (ASD) for example, must previously be certified in Water Damage Restoration (a three day course). The four day ASD course covers theory, techniques, and equipment for drying small and large structures. The theory portion is taught in a classroom setting and the hands-on training is covered by drying an intentionally flooded house. (These houses are built for the purpose of flooding and are often adjoined or nearby the classroom facility.)