ICS Magazine

This is Your IICRC

October 8, 2010

The IICRC, as an organization, seeks to be the leading independent, non-profit, certification and international standard-setting body in the cleaning, inspection, and restoration industry – setting and promoting high ethical standards, and advancing communication, collaboration and technical proficiency.

It’s through the support of our registrants that we’re able to continue to strive for this goal, but in order to get there, we must all work together.

How can registrants become involved? Apply for committee membership, whether it’s a standard committee or an operational committee (for example, the Certified Firm committee). Attend a Certification Council meeting – interested guests and materially interested parties (MIPs) are welcome to sit in and observe the activities during the meetings. While only Certification Council members can vote on motions before the group, any interested MIP can attend to learn more about what the Certification Council is doing. Find out more about who helps lead the IICRC – take a moment to visit www.IICRC.org and read through the bios, latest news, and operational and committee contacts.

The IICRC continues to work to be a transparent organization, listening to its registrants and responding as necessary to inquiries and issues. Recently, based on registrant feedback concerning the length of time it takes to receive test results, the IICRC invested in an upgrade for the processing software used to grade tests, and added more personnel to the team. Now, once tests arrive at IICRC headquarters, the turnaround is about two weeks, as opposed to the previous four to six. While the IICRC can’t control the length of time it takes for instructors to mail the tests to headquarters, we’re making every effort to improve this function.

Additionally, through its government affairs work, the IICRC wants to make sure its registrants receive credit for current certifications in states where there is potential cleaning and restoration legislation. For example, in Louisiana, the IICRC worked with the state to include the IICRC as one of several recognized training providers meeting the criteria for mold remediation licensing, which the state now requires. This helps our registrants so that they do not have to be re-certified or retrained, but can apply for a mold remediation license based on current qualifications.

In 2012, the IICRC will celebrate its 40th anniversary. The organization has certainly grown and changed over the past 40 years and we look forward to a new era of change and growth. We have a long way to go, but with our dedicated volunteers, support staff, and registrants, I know we can get there together. As we enter a new decade, I look forward to seeing where the IICRC will be in 2020.