There is a lot of positive energy and a lot going on at IICRC.
The S500 Water Damage Restoration Standard is in revision and preparing for the public comment phase and the S520 Mold Remediation Standard is also currently being revised and updated. Inquiries regarding IICRC standards can be directed to OOCRC Standards Director Mili Washington at Mili@iicrc.org.
The IICRC Certification Council and Board of Directors meeting were held in Las Vegas April 21-23. Several courses and exams are being reviewed and updated by the IICRC Certification Council Technical Advisory Committees (TACs). Anyone interested in volunteering expertise on a TAC can contact IICRC Education Director Valerie Fries-Wade at Valerie@iicrc.org for more details and/or a committee application.
The Las Vegas meetings were held in conjunction with the Restoration Industry Association (RIA) conference as part of the IICRC program to continue to build on strong industry relationships. The IICRC has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) and cooperation with several like minded industry related organizations. These MOUs are part of IICRC chairman Darrell Paulson’s overall plan of working to strengthen industry relationships and refine and implement industry practices.
The IICRC Certified Mold Removal Specialist (MRS) exam is now complete and available for candidates to apply. Details are available on the IICRC web site www.iicrc.org.
The IICRC marketing committee and contracted marketing company are working with the IICRC Certified Firm committee to develop a specialized marketing toolkit exclusively for IICRC Certified Firms. This will provide tools and resources for Certified Firms to promote their individual companies highlighting their Certification Credentials and other positive attributes. Details will be forwarded to IICRC Certified Firms as the program is refined.
IICRC Marketing and Communications is also developing a “disaster response” program that will promote the value of using IICRC Certified Firms and Technicians following a natural disaster.
The IICRC Board of Directors has established a new Insurance Industry Advisory Panel designed to foster open communication, networking and cooperation between the property loss insurance industry and the restoration industry. There is a continuing need for good communication and understanding of the challenges and strengths of this important relationship.