With nearly 4.5 million U.S. homes in high or extreme risk of wildfire, it’s important to have the proper restoration certifications to give customers peace of mind during wildfire season. The IICRC offers a Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration Technician certification within the restoration division. 

In addition to the FST Certification, the IICRC’s Disaster Resource Center features valuable information about how to prepare for wildfires, including emergency supply checklists, preparation timelines, evacuation plans and what to expect post-wildfire.

For more information about certifications, visit www.iicrc.org/IICRCCertifications. To view the Disaster Resource Center, visit www.iicrc.org/IICRCResources.


Become IICRC Certified in the Comfort of Your Own Home

Looking for a class, but it’s not in your area? The IICRC provides a convenient way to attend IICRC classes remotely with Live-Stream courses. Virtual classrooms are limited to 20 participants, so don’t delay!

Courses include: Building Moisture Thermography (BMT), Carpet Cleaning Technician (CCT), Commercial Drying Specialist (CDS), Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration Technician (FSRT), House Cleaning Technician (HCT), Health and Safety Technician (HST), Intro to Substrate and Subfloor Inspection (ISSI), Odor Control Technician (OCT), Rug Cleaning Technician (RCT), Carpet Repair and Reinstallation Technician (RRT), Stone, Masonry and Ceramic Tile Cleaning Technician (SMT), Trauma and Crime Scene Technician (TCST), Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician (UFT), Wood Floor Maintenance Technician (WFMT), and Water Damage Restoration Technician (WRT).

For more information, visit iicrc.org/livestreaming.


Re-Testing How-To

Having difficulty setting up a retest? Head to the IICRC website to find a step-by-step guide on how to retest under the “Tools” navigation bar. To test with a proctor or IICRC Approved Instructor, schedule a time with an instructor and then email the Retest Department with the following information:

  • Email subject line:  “IICRC Approved Instructor Retest”
  • Name and date of birth
  • Attach a copy of your photo ID or passport to the email
  • The original Instructor’s full name
  • The original Course name and date the Course was taken
  • The Retest Instructor’s full name
  • The Retest Course, date, and location

For more information, visit www.iicrc.org/Retests.


Chats with the Chairman

Chairman of the Board, Kevin Pearson, is hosting a monthly video series that features interviews with some of the leading members of the cleaning, restoration and inspection industries. The live episodes air on the 15th of each month and feature laid-back conversations regarding trending topics in the cleaning, restoration and inspection industries.

The videos can be found on the IICRC website and YouTube page. To stay updated on upcoming Chats with the Chairman, subscribe to the “TheIICRC” on YouTube or visit www.iicrc.org/VideoLibrary.

One can also visit www.iicrc.org/chatswiththechairman for more information.


RESCHEDULED: 2020 Standards Summit

IICRC Standards summit

Due to COVID-19 concerns, the IICRC rescheduled its second-annual Standards Summit. The event located at the Tuscany Suites and Casino in Las Vegas will take place March 4 and 5, 2021 and features presentations from Dr. Felicia L. Cianciarulo, Ph.D. Professor of Biology at Carlow University, Andrew Rynhart, CEO Tamex Ltd., and Michael (Mickey) Lee, WLS, CSDS, Mickey Lee Consulting LLC.

For additional updates, visit: www.iicrc.org/2020StandardsSummit