What is the IICRC?
The IICRC, short for Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, is the biggest association in the world for companies in the carpet cleaning and disaster restoration industry. Beyond being the largest industry association in the world, they also develop and regulate global industry standards. It is not a stretch to say “they wrote the book” on carpet cleaning and disaster restoration. Additionally, they offer a wide range of benefits to industry professionals including:
- Certified training programs for technicians
- International standards for carpet cleaning
- International standards for disaster restoration
- National industry partnerships
Accredited member firms are also required to perform carpet warranty work for Shaw and carry a preferred vendor status with the American Home Furnishings Alliance for upholstery cleaning.
How does the IICRC benefit property managers?
Property managers need high quality contractors, which is exactly what the IICRC provides. This is especially true for mold remediation which can create serious liability issues if not done correctly. Here’s a few other ways their accreditation program benefits property managers:
- Over 15 different technical certifications
- Mandatory insurance requirements
- Certified technician required on all jobs
- Better Business Bureau dispute resolution program
- Continuing education requirements to latest industry standards
When a property manager needs a bid for carpet cleaning or disaster restoration they can have greater peace of mind choosing to work with an accredited firm. Not only do member firms have educational and technical expertise, they are required to present accurate information and conduct business with honesty and integrity.
Locating an IICRC Accredited Company
Ready to find an IICRC accredited company for your next project? You can easily search the IICRC’s directory to find a local company with a current certification. Another benefit of their search directory is the certification verification tool. If you are already working with a provider, or a provider representing themselves as IICRC certified, this tool can be used to verify their current status. Where this becomes important is that the IICRC requires a certified technician on every job and this directory will actually let you search for your onsite crew leaders.
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