(Wood Dale, IL, May 7, 2010) – Disaster Kleenup International, Inc., North America's largest disaster restoration contracting organization, today announced that Richard D. Goulet, WLS, of DKI Member Company Archer Cleaning & Restoration Services and Shawn Silliman, of DKI Member Company First Restoration Services of Asheville, were both awarded the Certified Restorer (CR) designation from the Restoration Industry Association.

The Certified Restorer (CR) Certification Program is widely recognized as the pre-eminent training program in damage repair and focuses on raising committed restorers to a higher level of professional ability. The program is a week-long master's course in damage repair offered to experienced contractors and restorers.

The course curriculum addresses both buildings and personal property and covers the structure and nature of materials and how they are affected by various perils. A section on restoration theory addresses the processes by which residue odors are removed. Toxic contamination, allergic response, water damage, contracts and insurance are also covered.

All candidates to the Certified Restorer (CR) Program must be actively involved in restoration work at the time of application and have 3 or more years of active experience in disaster damage restoration as a technician, supervisor or estimator. In addition to class attendance, each candidate must pass a rigorous exam and submit a formal restoration report on an actual job which demonstrates their restoration prowess.

“We are very pleased to see that Members of the DKI organization continue to be leaders in the field of restoration and strive for excellence,” said Dale Sailer, president of DKI. “The Certified Restorer designation continues to be the most highly recognized in our industry and DKI is proud to have 70 out of the 320 active Certified Restorers in the US as part of the DKI Membership.”

The Restoration Industry Association held its formal induction ceremony March 25, 2010, during its National Conference.