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S100 Ready for Informal Public Review

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification's (IICRC) S100 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Carpet Cleaning is now available for informal public review.


The S100 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Carpet Cleaning establishes minimum standards for professional on-location cleaning of installed textile floor coverings.


Reviewers, who will have 60 days to read and comment on the S100 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Carpet Cleaning, will be provided a copy of the Standard in PDF along with a format for making comments.


Doug Bradford, co-chair of the S100 Committee, said: “We need the cleaning and restoration industry’s involvement in reviewing the updated S100 Standard and Reference Guide. All comments will be considered, accepted in full, in part or not accepted with reason. We track each one, how the committee decided to use it or the reason for not using the comment. This information is then sent back to the reviewer.”


The first S100 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Carpet Cleaning was published in 1997 as the S-001. This is the fifth revision. The last revision was in 2002.  The final IICRC S100 document is scheduled for completion by early 2010 and will be ready for printing and circulation at that time.


If you are interested in being a reviewer for the S100 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Carpet Cleaning, please go to and register; instructions and information will then be sent to you.


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The Surgeon General Issues Call to Action for Health Homes

Why is the indoor environment important to our health?

M ost people are aware that outdoor air pollution can damage their health but may not know that indoor air pollution also can have
significant effects. EPA studies of human exposure to air pollutants indicate that indoor air levels of many pollutants may be 2-5
times and, occasionally, more than 100 times higher than outdoor levels. These levels of indoor air pollutants are of particular concern
because most people spend as much as 90% of their time indoors. The following are ten suggestions professional cleaners make for immediate
improvement of their clients’ indoor environmental quality (IEQ):

Read more: The Surgeon General Issues Call to Action for Health Homes

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Changes to the IICRC Continuing Education Requirements

The IICRC Board of Directors passed two resolutions that modify and streamline the IICRC Continuing Education Program. The result of the board action is to simplify the CEC program, making all Technician-level certifications fall under the same rules. Formerly, the AMRT designation had separate CEC requirements that were different from all other certifications. As a result of this recent board action, AMRT CEC requirements are now the same as every other certification category (2 CECs every 4 years). Furthermore, there is no longer a specific Mold Refresher CEC category. Any CEC event approved for cleaning/restoration credit can be applied to AMRT as it is with other cleaning/restoration categories.

There has been no change in the CEC requirement for Master level Technicians or Inspectors.

So to summarize; For all cleaning and restoration technician level certification categories, technicians are required to earn 2 continuing education credits (CECs) every 4 years (regardless of if they have one or several certifications up to master level). Master level designations and Inspector designations still require 2 CECs every 2 years.

A complete list of approved CEC events can be accessed at . Distance learning CEC opportunities are also available and can be located at . It is still required that in order to receive credit for attending a CEC event or completing a distance learning training, the registrant must submit proof of attendance/completion to IICRC in advance of the specified time limit. This can be done via an approved event sign in roster, a signed CEC event form (available at ), a certificate of completion, etc. that is forwarded to IICRC for recording.

If you have any questions about these changes to the CEC program, call or e-mail IICRC headquarters at 360-693-5675 or

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