The “ANSI/IICRC S520 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Mold Remediation - Second Edition” is now published and can be purchased either directly from IICRC or from many local suppliers. The S520 is available in both paper and electronic format.

In order to help the industry understand how to use this guarded industry standard and to get the word out regarding how it is different from the first edition, IICRC is coordinating a series of special workshops across North America in the months ahead. The dates and locations of these workshops are listed in the table below. For details on specific workshops or for registration information, call (303) 469-0306 x104 or visit Special discounts are available for IICRC Certified Firms. These workshops qualify for IICRC Continuing Education Credits in the cleaning, restoration, and microbial categories.

IICRC representatives are planning to be on-site at the Surfaces Convention and Trade Show in Las Vegas, Feb. 3-5. Surfaces is a great opportunity to get current on all the latest information on carpet, wood, ceramic, laminate and stone flooring materials on the market. Stop by the IICRC booth and sign in for Continuing Education Credits (CECs) and network with industry leaders.

We have been made aware that many companies in the cleaning and restoration industries are having a difficult time getting affordable yet comprehensive business insurance packages. IICRC has been working with ARMR insurance brokers to identify special insurance options for IICRC Certified Firms. Visit for a link to information on special pricing and packages designed for cleaning and restoration companies.

As we begin a new year, IICRC is looking forward to continued growth in available certifications but also in increased recognition of our certifications by insurance companies, government agencies, and manufacturers. In the last 12 months IICRC has processed more than 2,500 certification exams from more than1,500 classes. There are now more than 47,000 active IICRC Certified Technicians in the field.

The IICRC Government Affairs Committee continues to monitor the activities of several state governments working in various ways to regulate the restoration industry. Those of particular interest right now are Maryland, Florida, Kentucky, New Hampshire and Texas. We are working to encourage IICRC standards and certification to be recognized and even endorsed wherever possible.

The next IICRC Certification Council and board meetings are scheduled for May 17-19, in Clearwater Beach, Fla., immediately following the Connections Conference and Exhibition.