IICRC Programs: Still the Best
October 11, 2006
With our core courses like CCT (Carpet Cleaning Technician), UFT (Upholstery & Fabric Technician), WRT (Water Restoration Technician), ASD (Applied Structural Drying), AMRT (Applied Microbial Remediation Technician) and RRT (Repair & Reinstallation Technician) dominating the education arenas in the industry, we have the technicians and owners asking for even more advanced training. We have training providers developing new programs, and we have an industry that is exploding with new technology.
In the past year, the IICRC has created a task force to look at certifications for moisture detection and thermography. Upon a recommendation from Brandon Burton and Jim Holland, chair and co-chair of the task force, respectively, shortly after its inception the task force was split into two individual task forces.
The Moisture Detection and Mapping Task Force chaired by Burton has been working to accumulate and document the required information that doesn't get covered in WRT or ASD. The task force will decide where in the IICRC water program this discipline belongs, or if it should be a stand-alone course.
The Thermal Imaging Task Force chaired by Holland has also been very active, and will likely have a course ready by next spring. This course will likely fit into the Inspection Category.
This past July, a task force for Sewage/Category 3 Water Damage Restoration was created. This would be more advanced training than we currently provide in WRT or AMRT. The task force will bring a recommendation forward to the board of directors whether this should be a stand-alone course or become a larger component in the current AMRT course.
Concerns about these potential new certifications becoming a requirement for Master Water Restorer have been previously heard, and the board of directors is very much in tune with the issues surrounding the past changes that have occurred. Do not forget, when these changes occur, they affect all of us, myself included. We may see an increase in inspection-type categories in the future. These of course will have less of an effect on Master Status than a typical certification for cleaning or restoration/remediation.
The IICRC takes great pride in creating certification courses. The course creation and maintenance process we follow makes our certification courses the very best available to the cleaning, restoration/remediation, and inspection industries. All IICRC courses are conducted by independent schools that employ approved instructors. The IICRC does not own schools or employ instructors, but rather creates the curriculum for the courses. IICRC courses are created based on demand from the industry, and your opinion is very important.
As I have said in one of my previous articles, this is your IICRC. You have the right to be involved and contribute to any committee, or task force that is currently in place. You can make a difference!