Major Developments from the Advocacy and Government Affairs (AGA) Committee 

The Restoration Industry Association’s (RIA) Advocacy and Government Affairs (AGA) committee recently accomplished two different objectives that will help push the industry forward.

First, Ed Cross, Esq. was appointed as the official Restoration Contractor Advocate representing RIA’s Advocacy and Government Affairs (AGA) Committee. In this role, he will now be empowered to take carefully crafted position statements from the industry and advocate on our behalf, at the highest levels. With a background in restoration disputes and litigation, we are excited to have him in this role and are confident in his ability to lead us forward.

Second, RIA released the first AGA position on third-party administrator (TPA) changes in scope to prevent inconsistencies between contractors, third-party administrators, and insurance carriers.

Learn more about these latest developments and committee’s progress at

Obtain an RIA Certification in 2020

The Restoration Industry Association’s (RIA) advanced certificates are the premier providers of property and content damage restoration, remediation, reconstruction, and specialty cleaning services to the public. Obtaining a RIA certification will stand you apart as an expert in specific areas of loss we see in the restoration industry.

Certified Restorer (CR)

CR certification

The CR certification focuses on damage repair and raising committed restorers to a higher level of professional ability. The CR program is widely recognized as the preeminent training program in damage repair.

Water Loss Specialist (WLS)

Water Loss Specialist

Recognized by insurance companies, building owners, managers and public and government authorities, the WLS certification is known as the premier achievement of excellence.

Certified Mold Professional (CMP)

Certified Mold Professional

The CMP Certification emphasizes the interrelatedness of building systems and the predominance of situations where indoor environmental quality is impacted by multiple problems or contaminants.

Contents Loss Specialist (CLS)

Contents Loss Specialist

This certification program brings a systematic approach to how contents are dealt with.

Learn more about RIA certifications at