Whether you’re just starting in the inspection, cleaning, and restoration industry or looking to advance your career, IICRC certification offers endless opportunities. Mapping out your career path can be overwhelming, but it starts with a straightforward self-assessment. Begin by listing your areas of experience and expertise and identifying the certifications and education you currently possess. Are you on the path to becoming an IICRC Journeyman or earning a Master's designation in Water, Fire & Smoke, or Textiles? Perhaps you aspire to become a Flooring Inspector specializing in Carpet, Wood, & Laminate flooring, building moisture, and other substrates, or an expert in content restoration. For instance, the Contents Processing Technician certification covers diverse skills, focusing on content recovery and processing for items like electronics, area rugs, and upholstery. The IICRC offers certification courses to help further your career in these and many other areas.

100px-IICRC-logo.jpgConsider your strengths and what inspires you each day. Your career path is personal and should be driven by your passions and motivations, which are key ingredients for a fulfilling career. Once you’ve completed your self-assessment and have a clear understanding of your current position, it’s time to set your career goals. Start by prioritizing these goals based on their importance and the time required to achieve them. I often recommend starting with the end in mind and working backward. Define your ultimate career goal and where you see yourself in five years. Then, break it down into smaller, achievable goals you can work toward in three to six-month increments. For example, if you aspire to become a Flooring Inspector, think about what comes next after achieving this goal. Who could you align yourself with to create deeper connections within your profession?

Reflect on industry leaders you have met throughout your career. Think of those who gave you a new perspective or an idea, or those who pushed you to believe in yourself and not give up. Reflect on your professional journey and identify who stepped up to help during defining moments. Surround yourself with committed people, both men and women, who have achieved the goals you desire. Learn and grow from their leadership. Achieving success is not easy for anyone, and having a mentor can light the path for you, leading to the most enriching career.

Another valuable step is volunteering your time and expertise to contribute to writing standards or other educational content. This allows you to be part of a group of like-minded professionals focused on helping the industry as a whole. Sharing your knowledge can improve the industry and benefit everyone involved. Expanding your career is an ongoing and evolving process, especially as new technologies and processes are introduced. Get involved in our industry, build your brand, and network with other professionals. Practice continuous improvement, work hard, and recognize that our industry is one of the most dynamic, offering limitless opportunities for lifelong careers that lead to meaningful outcomes for you and the communities you serve.

Visit www.IICRC.org  to learn more about the IICRC Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration and its available opportunities.