Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Quick FAQs on IICRC Courses and Certification Tracks

IICRC certification tracks help restoration professionals choose
courses most pertinent to their area of specialty.

Although the Institute of Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is an internationally known authority on commercial cleaning, many restoration professionals are not in the know about IICRC certification tracks. With over twenty courses available, pursuing IICRC certification can be overwhelming. New professionals often wonder where to start; licensed technicians are often unsure of what to do with the class they took, or how to take their restoration career to the next level. In an effort to demystify the wide world of IICRC, here are some FAQs worth reading about IICRC certification tracks.

What is a certification track?
A certification track is the set of courses technicians must take in order to receive an advanced designation from the IICRC.

What are the advanced designations from the IICRC?
There are two levels - IICRC Journeyman and IICRC Master - that can be applied to the three areas of IICRC focus: textile, water, and fire and smoke restoration. That is, a technician can study to become a Journeyman or Master Water Restorer. The differences between Journeyman and Master distinction are further explained in the table below, but in general IICRC Master status designates more experience in the field and more classes taken.

Why do certification tracks matter to me?
Understanding certification tracks helps IICRC students maximize their time and efforts. For new professionals, certification tracks guide them so they don't take courses extraneous to their specialty; while certification tracks provide a career roadmap for seasoned professionals.

How do I get credit toward my certification track?
Once a student takes an accredited course and passes the exam, they receive an IICRC certification for that course. When a student has completed all necessary courses in their certification track, they can apply for the IICRC designation.

Can I take classes in the certification track out of order?
In general, students cannot take courses out of order for their certification track. Often times Master level courses have prerequisites - understanding IICRC certification tracks can prevent costly registration mistakes.

How do I know if the IICRC course I want to take has prerequisites?
A breakdown of all IICRC courses and their prerequisites can be found below.

What if I already have an advanced designation?
In order to maintain Master statuses, professionals must attain two continuing education credits every two years.

IICRC Courses and their Prerequisites:
Course Course Description Pre-req
Applied Microbial Remediation Technician (AMRT) Covers mold and sewage remediation techniques to individuals engaged in property restoration WRT
Applied Structural Drying Technician (ASD) Covers effective drying of water-damaged structures WRT
Building Moisture Thermography (BMT) Using thermography and infrared technology in water damage restoration None
Carpet Cleaning Technician (CCT) Cleaning, fiber identification, and installation of carpet. None - recommended for new techs
Carpet Repair and Reinstallation Technician (RRT) Inspection, floor prep, cleaning, repairs and re-installation of carpet None
Ceramic Tile Inspector (CTI) Tile identification, handling, installation, maintenance, cleaning, inspection, and risk management SSI or ISSI
Color Repair Technician (CRT) Color theory, types of dye and methods, carpet styles and repair of fading, bleaching and other color issues CCMT
Commercial Carpet Maintenance Technician (CCMT) Entry level carpet cleaning techniques. None - recommended for new techs
Commercial Drying Specialist (CDS) Inspection and remediation of large, water damaged structures WRT
Fire and Smoke Restoration Technician (FSRT) Remediation of fire damaged structures None
Floor Care Technician (FCT) Entry-level hard surface floor care None
Health and Safety Technician (HST) Entry-level OSHA standards, personal protective equipment and hazardous materials None - recommended for new techs
House Cleaning Technician (HST) Sanitization of residential areas None
Introduction to Substrate Subfloor Inspection (ISSI) Substrates and sub-floors as they relate to finish floor coverings for those inspecting or installing floors None
Leather Cleaning Technician (LCT) Identification of leather types, theory and practical application None
Marble and Stone Inspector (MSI) Basic knowledge for those installing or inspecting marble and stone flooring ISSI or SSI
Odor Control Technician (OCT) Odor detection, sources and remediation from biological and chemical sources None - recommended for new techs
Resilient Floor Maintenance Technician (RFMT) Manufacturing, installation and maintenance of resilient flooring None
Resilient Flooring Inspector (RFI) Resilient flooring inspection and creating/interpreting specifications ISSI or SSI
Rug Cleaning Technician (RCT) Inspection, installation, cleaning and restoration of rugs CCT or CMT and UFT
Senior Carpet Inspector (SCI) Inspection, professional cleaning, detailed knowledge of carpets and basic knowledge of all floor coverings CCMT or CCT and RRT
Stone, Masonry and Ceramic Tile Cleaning Technician (SMT) Maintenance and protection of natural and man-made surfaces None
Upholstery and Fabric Cleaning Technician (UFT) Fiber and fabric identification, cleaning, protections and basic furniture construction None - recommended for new techs
Water Damage Restoration Technician (WRT) Drying of water damaged structures, sewer backflows, and microbial contamination None - recommended for new techs
Water Damage Restoration/Applied Structural Drying (WRT/ASD) Combo Combines ASD and WRT courses None
Wood and Laminate Floor Inspector (WLFI) Manufacturing, handling, installation methods, inspection, maintenance and cleaning of flooring ISSI or SSI
Wood Floor Maintenance Technician (WFMT) Equipments and procedures used in maintaining wood floors None


IICRC Certification Tracks and their Requirements:
Requires Journeyman Textile Cleaner (JTC)
CCT or CCMT
+
UFT
+
OCT or CRT or RRT
One (1) year active service in the industry from original certification date, plus achievement of specific designations. Designations will be awarded upon attainment of proper credits.
Requires Journeyman Fire & Smoke Restorer (JSR)
UFT
+
OCT
+
FSRT
One (1) year active service in the industry from original certification date, plus achievement of specific designations.
Requires Journeyman Water Restorer (JWR)
CCT or CCMT
+
WRT
+
RRT
One year (1) active service in the industry from original certification date, plus achievement of specific designations.
Requires Master Textile Cleaner (MTC)
CCT or CCMT
+
UFT
+
OCT
+
RRT
+
CRT
At least three (3) years of active service in the industry from original certification date, plus achievement of specific designations.
Requires Master Fire and Smoke Restorer (MSR)
CCT or CCMT
+
UFT
+
OCT
+
FSRT
+
HST or equivalent
At least three (3) years in the industry from original certification date, plus achievement of specific designations.
Requires Master Water Restorer (MWR)
CCT or CCMT
+
RRT
+
WRT
+
ASD
+
AMRT or AMRS
+
HST or equivalent
At least three (3) years in the industry from original certification date, plus achievement of specific designations.

To learn more about the IICRC, visit their website. To learn more about IICRC certifications and how to get involved in this exciting field, visit Zack Academy's cleaning and restoration homepage.

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