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IICRC Announces Publication of ANSI/IICRC S500 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Water Damage Restoration Published


For Immediate Release 

ANSI/IICRC S500 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Water Damage Restoration Published

Las Vegas – Nov. 17, 2015 – The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) announces the publication of a newly-revised ANSI-approved ANSI/IICRC S500 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Water Damage Restoration (4th edition, 2015). 

ANSI/IICRC S500 provides a specific set of practical standards for water damage restoration. It does not provide comprehensive water damage restoration procedures; rather, it outlines the foundation for basic principles of proper restoration practices. ANSI/IICRC S500 does not include exhaustive performance characteristics or standards for the manufacture or installation of structural components, materials and contents (personal property).

According to S500 Chairman Mickey Lee, the primary revisions made to the Standard and Reference Guide since the 2006 edition was published, include the following: 

  • Redefined the classes of water intrusion to offer a more objective means of estimating the evaporation load in a building, basing it on amount of affected materials to be dried rather than by vague descriptions.
  • Restructured the  inspections and structural restoration chapters to flow generally in the order a restorer would perform the activities on a typical water intrusion project, making them more usable and easier to follow.
  • Consolidated information and recommended guidance on various materials which previously was scattered in three chapters (i.e. Building Science, Inspections, Structural Restoration) and placed them into a more user-friendly Table of Materials and Assemblies.
  • Provided a rationale for airmover placement based on amount of wet, affected surfaces that is applicable to all classes of water intrusions.
  • Strengthened the third-party references in the building science, microbiology, psychrometrics and drying technology chapters to reflect third party research and enhance their credibility.  

"We couldn't be more excited to have the latest release of our flagship document out,” said IICRC Standards Chairman Howard Wolf. “The improvements in readability and usability really made the new S500 worth the wait. Further, the new S500 improves clarity in several areas, including class of water intrusion."

To purchase a copy of the new ANSI/IICRC S500: 2015 and other standards, visit For more information on other certification programs and standards offered by IICRC, visit


The IICRC is a global, ANSI-accredited Standards Developing Organization (SDO) that credentials individuals in 20+ categories within the inspection, cleaning and restoration industries. Representing more than 54,000 certified technicians and 6,000 Certified Firms in 22 countries, the IICRC, in partnership with regional and international trade associations, represents the entire industry. The IICRC does not own schools, employ instructors, produce training materials or promote specific product brands, cleaning methods or systems. For more information, visit

IICRC Announces 2015-2016 Board of Directors


IICRC Announces 2015-2016 Board of Directors

Las Vegas – Oct. 28, 2015 – The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) today announced the election of five members to the 2015-2016 Board of Directors. Elections were held during the IICRC’s October shareholder meeting in Las Vegas.

New Board of Directors members include Jeff Bishop, Matt Cole, Craig Kersemeier and Lonnie McDonald. Dennis Blake was re-elected. Also new to the Board this year as honorary members are Gary Glenn and Doug Heiferman.
Following the election, the new Board of Directors elected Pete Duncanson as Chairman and President of the Board. As Chair, Duncanson will also serve as Chairman of the Executive Committee which includes: Craig Kersemeier, first vice president; Kevin Pearson, second vice president; Paul Pearce, third vice president; Joe Dobbins, treasurer; Lonnie McDonald, secretary and Tony Wheelwright, immediate past Chairman.

New to the elections this year is the inclusion of an IICRC instructor as an honorary Board member. Heiferman will serve in that role. This decision was made by the new Board in an effort to increase transparency and improve the instructor program.

“This is going to be a year of exciting change for the Institute,” said IICRC Chairman Pete Duncanson. “With all of the new faces on the Board and their combined expertise, the IICRC is in a good place to take the Institute to the next level and continue its role as a leader in the industry.”

Additional members of the 2015-2016 Board of Directors include:
 Peter Crosa
 Joe Hughes
 Craig Jasper
 Patrick Moffett
 Steve Moran
 Randy Rapp

For more information about the IICRC, please visit, or contact Jennifer Petersen at .

About IICRC The IICRC is a global, ANSI-accredited Standards Developing Organization (SDO) that credentials individuals in 20+ categories within the inspection, cleaning and restoration industries. Representing more than 54,000 certified technicians and 6,000 Certified Firms in 22 countries, the IICRC, in partnership with regional and international trade associations, represents the entire industry. The IICRC does not own schools, employ instructors, produce training materials or promote specific product brands, cleaning methods or systems. For more information, visit
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"After the Smoke Clears" book released

For Immediate Release

Clean Care Seminars is proud to announce the latest update of its classic company training program,After the Smoke Clears (ASC).  ASC is the culmination of over 3 years of research and revision.  ASC:

         has 407-pages including a comprehensive table of contents and subject index;

         is divided into four sections: general fire concepts and safety; structural restoration; contents restoration, and smoke deodorization;

         contains about 800 pictures of actual fire and smoke damage situations and diagrams; 

         at the end of each chapter, there’s a comprehension quiz that can be used to train new technicians;

         is a complete fire and smoke desk reference to answer questions from fire crews as they arise;

         is the primary reference document for the IICRC FSRT exam, which helps prepare restorers for that certification course, and

         is comprehensively footnoted to validate technical information.

ASC is written by Jeff Bishop, a 44-year veteran of the disaster restoration industry, and internationally acclaimed author and trainer.

After the Smoke Clears provides restoration supervisors and technicians with a convenient means for updating their technical and procedural knowledge on fire and smoke restoration concepts, principles and procedures.  It supplements and considerably expands the training received in the IICRC-approved Fire and Smoke Restoration Technician (FSRT) certification course. 

ASC is the technical resource that supplements the restoration management, administration, marketing, sales and pricing information contained in Clean Care Seminars’ two-volume set for owners and managers entitled, “Fire’s Out! . . Now What? . .”

SCRT members can save 10% on Clean Care Seminars’ educational products, including on-line training. 

For additional information, visit or call toll free at 800.455.4278. 

July, 2015

For Immediate Release

Contact: Cindy Linden


WoolSafe Offers Discount to SCRT Members

How Can SCRT Members Become Affiliated With the International "WoolSafe" Organization?

The WoolSafe® program is actually threefold  . . . and includes chemical testing, technician training and company verification.  Originally established in 1991 by the International Wool Secretariat (the Wool Bureau in North America ) - the WoolSafe® Organization launched an approval program for professional carpet cleaning products and technicians in October of 1998.  There are now more than 160 cleaning products that have been tested and approved for use on wool and other fine fabrics.  Many of them are manufactured by suppliers you already use. 

So the first step in having your company become a 
Service Provider is to learn about wool and its care bytaking the on-line course at .  

WoolSafe® Fiber Care Specialist Training Course provides professional cleaners with a convenient and cost effective means for advancing their knowledge of wool-rich carpet, high-value rug and upholstery cleaning.  Students are able to complete the course at their own pace from a home or office computer.  The course is intended to supplement training received in other courses, and it is approved for 2-IICRC CECs in the cleaning, restoration or inspection categories. 
This course is divided into 35 sections or modules and includes subjects such as:  
Wool Characteristics 
Wool Yarn Production 
Wool Cleanability 
Wool Fiber Structure 
Limitations of Wool   
Chemical and Abrasive Damage 
Wool and Pets

Insect damage 
Specialty Spotting 
Wool Cleaning-Related Challenges and Solutions 
WoolSafe® Approved Cleaning Products 
WoolSafe® Program

Each of the 35 modules is followed by self-evaluation multiple-choice questions, which are based on the information presented in the current module.  Students simply read each question and select the correct answer from the options provided.  The question is graded electronically for immediate feedback.  Once the course is successfully completed, students receive a completion certificate to send to the IICRC for two CECs.  The graduate student will also receive a certificate of completion from WoolSafe®.

The course is available   Go there to create a user profile on the left side of the page, then go back to the front page, then 1/2 way down the page click on "Buy Now" and then check out through PayPal with your credit card.  SCRT members receives 20% off the course fee by using the code "SCRT."  

Then, once at least one person in a company has passed the course, the company may apply to become a WoolSafe® Service Provider. The annual fee is $125.00 per year and the company and name of WoolSafe® trained technician(s) will be listed on both the WoolSafe®  and Wools of New Zealand websites, the new i-Phone app and referenced on the Housekeeping Channel website.  We also provide a link to your company’s website if you have one. 
The WoolSafe® Approved Service Provider program is open to the following:
·         Carpet and rug cleaning companies - Independent cleaning companies, which obtain their cleaning equipment and/or supplies from one or more sources. 
·         Carpet and rug cleaning franchisees - Companies using one particular cleaning/maintenance system, which may be a franchised or a licensed system. 
·         In-house carpet and rug cleaners - In-house carpet maintenance divisions responsible for the cleaning and maintenance of carpet and rugs in the building(s) their company occupies.
To qualify for WoolSafe® Service Provider approval, companies must:

*offer professional cleaning services on a full-time basis; 
*have employees who have received appropriate technical and practical training in cleaning,

*have proper business licensing, liability insurance, consumer complaint follow-up policy, subscribe to a Code of Ethics,
*be members of a trade or professional association or organization (like ICRA), including franchises, which is recognized by The WoolSafe® Organization,
*encourage all employees to attend a WoolSafe®-Training Course, taught by a WoolSafe®-Approved Trainer either in-person or on-line, and pass the course exam, 

*use WoolSafe®-approved products when cleaning or maintaining wool or wool-rich carpet, rugs or upholstery.

The company will receive a certificate to display in their office and authority to use the WoolSafe® logo in advertising.  Their company information will be listed on the WoolSafe website ( as well as the Wools of New Zealand ( websites.  Becoming a WoolSafe Service Provider will give the company additional recognition and credibility with clients, retailers and designers.

ICRA Offers Certification

Certification - You Now Have Options
Recently, the industry has been asking for another option for certification. The International Cleaning and Restoration Association (ICRA) is now offering certification based upon written exams (cognitive assessments) in addition to their Performance Assessments as part of a new "Comprehensive Certification Program." A group of industry leaders have been working on this new program since the beginning of the year.
ICRA will recognize (grandfather in) your certifications
If you have any certifications listed on the ICRA Certification Recognition Program webpage, ICRA will accept a copy of your certificate or ID card as a basis for issuing you an equivalent ICRA certification. No need to take another class or exam. Certifications from other certifying bodies, not listed on the website, will be evaluated on a case by case basis.
Certification Recognition Program
  • ICRA will "grandfather" your certifications from other certifying organizations at a flat fee of $40.00 regardless of the number of certifications that you have.  No requirement to attend another course or take another exam.
ICRA Schools and exams
Your Company can become an ICRA Registered Firm!
  • Your company can register as an ICRA Registered Firm for $129. The ICRA Registered Firm program offers many benefits including discounts on programs and membership. The program is recognized by the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) as well as other related industry groups.  
  • To apply as an ICRA Registered Firm go to:
If you have ANY questions concerning ICRA certification or filling out the online forms, please do not hesitate to call ICRA at (916) 736-1100 x 312. If you prefer, you can email the ICRA at 
We ask for your understanding and patience as we further develop this massive program. There is a lot of work to accomplish.
Much more to come!!!

Barry Costa
2nd Vice President
ICRA Assessment Board Chair

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