IICRC, a non-profit organization, is a certification program with a set of standards facilitating cleaning, inspection and restoration through their industries. It protects consumer interests and professionals working in it. Customers select companies with IICRC certifications to do business with for there is security and surety. There are numerous classifications and levels accompanied by certifications; – IICRC Master Status, Master Textile Cleaner, among others. The application process requires all workers and professionals to be certified, then the business can be certified. A trustworthy and reliable business needs proper documentation and proof of insurance showing education and training requirements are met. All technicians involved require additional follow-ups and extensive training undertaken documented. In addition, an appropriate complaint system for customers must be strategically deployed and properly maintained addressing issues in a timely manner. It should be well-documented and commentative.
Of the IICRC certification classification, a technician for Water Damage Restoration (WRT) helps to consolidate a business reputation. It provides a competitive edge and ample room to increase to depend on the levels of authorization one would necessitate. Completing this course secures a company a Master Water Restorer or Journeyman Water Restorer certification. These courses are prerequisites for other levels of accreditation like Applied Microbial Remediation Technician (AMRT) and Applied Structural Drying Technician (ASD) course among others. IICRC works with Water Damage Central Houston to facilitate these courses that are taken and adhered to in Houston. WRT course teaches the characteristics of water damage and the techniques of drying affected structures. These steps, requirements, and equipment are necessary for dying a water damaged structure and facilitate the buildings return to pre-damaged conditions. This needs to be understood clearly. Teachings to deal with mold and similar health issues due to heavy moisture in an environment are provided in the course. WRT is a three-day course or a 19-hour course-time plus supplementary exam preparation time.
After the WRT, one can add another level of certification called Applied Structural Drying Technician (ASD) course. This course involves the effective drying of water-damaged buildings and materials. Professionals are instructed to make appropriate decisions dealing with water damaged properties in classrooms including hands-on training. This is a three-day course or 21 hours of course time plus additional exam preparation. This ASD can be concurrently taught with WRT in a five-day course, which includes 31-hour course-time plus additional exam prep time. One has to have finished and passed the WRT course for it is its prerequisite. Another course to be considered includes Building Moisture Thermography (BMT), a scientific course teaching technicians indoor air quality inspection, mold remediation, water damage restoration and more using thermal-imaging. The use and application of thermodynamics, use of infra-red camera equipment and the fundamental principles of psychrometry are taught. BMT course typically takes two days which includes a 14-hour course time plus additional exam prep time.
Applied Microbial Remediation Technician (AMR) involves sewage and mold remediation requiring a specific skill set and set of actions. The course encompasses the necessary aspects in the restoration of property or homes associated with microbial issues from mold and sewage contamination. AMR is a four-day course including 28 hours of course time and exam prep time. To enroll in this course typically requires the successful completion and pass of WRT or WRT/ASD courses. These courses among others promote customer relations and trust. More so, the business is entered into the IICRC database of certified professionals. As the desired result, customers and potential clients establish meaningful relationships promoting effective, safe working environments. Water Damage Central Houston works together with ICCRC to promote these courses for more lasting benefit in Houston.