Cleaning & Restoration Breaking News

IICRC Continues to Develop and Introduce New Courses

Vancouver, Wash.-June 29, 2005-Five years ago, the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) began developing a hard surface floor cleaning and maintenance program with the introduction of the Floor Care Technician (FCT) course-offering a brief overview of the four basic categories of hard surfaces: resilient, stone, wood and specialty floors. Since then, the IICRC has been expanding the program to feature additional courses that provide specialized training for each hard surface floor category.

A second course-Stone, Masonry Technician (SMT)-was added in 2004 to expand upon the FCT course as it relates to all types of stone flooring. The SMT provides in-depth training for all natural stone floors; marble, limestone, granite and all other metamorphic, sedimentary and igneous stone floors; clay-based floors such as ceramic porcelain, quarry tile and concrete and man-processed agglomerates and conglomerates floor coverings.

At its spring 2005 meeting, the IICRC elevated the Hard Surface Floor Cleaning and Maintenance Task Force to a division of the Certification Council. The new division-the Cleaning/Maintenance division-will include all hard surface floor disciplines with the addition of the Commercial Carpet Cleaning and Maintenance course (CCMT). Doug Bradford has been appointed as the Technical Advisory Committee chair (TAC) for the course and Joe Dobbins will chair the division, along with sub-chairs Dane Gregory, Stan Hulin, Bob Merkt and Doug Bradford.

Based upon recommendations made at the meeting, the IICRC is moving forward with development of additional courses. The next two courses to be offered are the Resilient Floor Maintenance Technician (RFMT) and the Wood Floor Maintenance Technician (WFMT).

The IICRC also has plans to complete course development of the remaining hard surface floor cleaning and maintenance categories. Ultimately, the IICRC's new maintenance and cleaning division will consist of eight courses:

  • CBFMT: Clay-Based Floor Maintenance Technician
  • CCMT: Commercial Carpet Maintenance Technician
  • CFMT: Concrete Floor Maintenance Technician
  • HFMT: Hard Floor Maintenance Technician (formerly the FCT)
  • RFMT: Resilient Floor Maintenance Technician
  • SFMT: Stone Floor Maintenance Technician
  • SPFMT: Specialty Floor Maintenance Technician
  • WFMT: Wood Floor Maintenance Technician

    "The new courses will address proper treatment and maintenance of the many types of hard surface flooring available in a manner consistent with the high professional standards set forth by the IICRC," said Ruth Travis, Vice-Chair and marketing chairman for the IICRC.

    All courses will focus on identification, cleaning principles, methodology, theory and best practices and procedures. The IICRC encourages industry experts, cleaning professionals, IICRC certified technicians, manufacturers and/or distributors with a good working knowledge of these floor surfaces to help with the development of the courses by becoming committee members. Contact Joe Dobbins at

  • Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to i Cleaning Specialist Magazine.

    You must login or register in order to post a comment.



    Image Galleries

    The 2014 Experience Conference and Exhibition

    A look in photos at the 2014 Experience Conference and Exhibition, which was held from April 24-26 at the Embassy Suites Convention Center and Spa in Frisco, Texas.


    Beginning April 21, Google will start judging websites based on their mobile friendliness. What exactly does this mean to you cleaning website? Find out in the latest edition of The Hitman Advertising Show, which will also cover tips and suggestions on getting mobile compliant.
    More Podcasts

    ICS Cleaning Specialist Magazine


    2015 April

    The April ICS issue features content on concrete polishing, green cleaning, air duct cleaning, injection sprayers and new products.

    Table Of Contents Subscribe

    Janitorial Work

    In addition to residential and commercial carpet cleaning, do you do any janitorial work on the side?
    View Results Poll Archive


    The Carpet Cleaner's Book of Unlimited Success! (ebook)

    Don’t worry about the recession or about your competition.  Now you can be the owner of over 400 ways for carpet cleaning professionals to make more money and get more jobs!

    More Products


    Director_Buyer.jpgThe premier resource and reference guide for the cleaning and restoration industries.

    Click here to view


    facebook_40.png twitter_40px.png youtube_40px.png


    Truckmount.jpgEquipment listings and specifications from the leading industry manufacturers.

    Click here to view