Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Welcome to Restoration Certified’s comprehensive guide to IICRC Certification Frequently Asked Questions. Aspiring professionals in the restoration, cleaning, and inspection industries often find themselves navigating the complexities of IICRC certification requirements. At Restoration Certified, we understand the importance of clarity and transparency in this process.

In this blog, we aim to unravel the world of IICRC certification by addressing some of the most common questions that arise. Whether you're considering pursuing certification for the first time or seeking to expand your credentials, this guide will provide invaluable insights to help you make informed decisions about your career path.

From understanding the benefits of IICRC certification to exploring the various certification options available, we've got you covered. Join us as we delve into the intricacies of IICRC certification and empower you to take the next step towards professional excellence.

An IICRC certification, issued by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification, is a prestigious acknowledgment that an individual has completed rigorous training and passed a comprehensive exam in the inspection, cleaning, and restoration industry. It signifies a commitment to adhering to industry-recognized standards and best practices.

Becoming IICRC certified offers professionals in the inspection, cleaning, and restoration industry valuable advantages. It establishes industry recognition, builds trust, and provides access to advanced training. In essence, it's a valuable investment for professionals aiming to excel in the cleaning and restoration industry.

Being IICRC certified means that an individual has completed intensive technical training and has passed a comprehensive exam associated with their specific field within the inspection, cleaning, and restoration industry. By passing the IICRC certification examination, technicians showcase their expertise, ensuring clients that they are well-qualified to provide top-notch services under established industry benchmarks.

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Enrolling in an IICRC course is a straightforward process. To begin, visit our website at https://restorationcertified.com/iicrc-classes/. You'll find detailed information about the available courses, schedules, and registration procedures.If you have any questions or require assistance during the enrollment process, you may call our customer service phone number at 725-777-1746 or email our Restoration Certified support team at Help@RestorationCertified,com to guide you through the steps in securing your seat.

The first step to earning your IICRC certification is by enrolling in an IICRC course. Explore the available certification courses that align with your fields of interest, such as water damage restoration, fire & smoke restoration, contents processing, odor control, trauma, and crime scene, carpet cleaning, mold remediation, and many more. Choose between onsite or online classes based on your preferences and schedule. Enroll in the selected course and complete the comprehensive training provided by our experienced instructors. The final step involves successfully passing the certification exam associated with the chosen course. Upon successful completion, you'll be awarded an IICRC certification, signifying your commitment to industry standards and excellence in the inspection, cleaning, and restoration field.

The fees for IICRC certification vary based on the specific course and the associated certification exam. Typically, certification exam fees for most cleaning and restoration certification courses cost $80.00. The advanced restoration and inspection certification exam fees can cost up to $150.00.

Yes, IICRC Certifications can expire if not maintained properly.  It’s important to pay your annual renewal fee each year to keep your certification active. Certified individuals must also earn continuing education credits (CECs) to keep their IICRC certifications updated. All Certified Technicians are required to complete ongoing education to be eligible for renewal. The specific requirements vary based on the type of certification:

  • IICRC Technicians: Certified Technicians are required to earn 14 CEC credits every four years.
  • Advanced Certifications (MTC, MSR, MWR): Professionals holding advanced certifications such as Master Textile Cleaner (MTC), Master Fire and Smoke Restorer (MSR), or Master Water Restorer (MWR) need to earn 14 CEC credits every two years.
  • IICRC Inspectors: Certified Inspectors must earn 14 CEC credits every two years.

If your IICRC certification has expired, follow these steps to initiate the renewal process:

Navigate to the iicrc.org website and locate the "Sign In" option located in the top right corner of the screen. Sign in with your credentials and proceed to make the necessary renewal payment. If you're a Certified Technician accessing your account for the first time, please get in touch with [email protected] to obtain the required login credentials.

While experience is undoubtedly valuable, combining it with IICRC certification can further enhance your professional profile and contribute to long-term success in the inspection, cleaning, and restoration industry. IICRC will  only provide certification after course completion and passing the associated exam. To start your certification journey, visit https://restorationcertified.com/ and explore the multiple IICRC courses we offer online and onsite.

To keep your certifications active, it's essential to pay the annual renewal fee each year. Additionally, you must participate in Continuing Education Credit (CEC) classes or events to fulfill the continuing education credit hour requirements. For a full list of IICRC approved CEC courses, please visit our website at https://restorationcertified.com/.

For any specific questions or concerns regarding your renewal, you can reach out to the IICRC Renewals team by emailing [email protected]. They will provide the necessary assistance and guidance to ensure a smooth renewal process for your certifications.

If you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of losing your IICRC Certification Card, don’t worry! Simply reach out to  IICRC for assistance by clicking on this link: IICRC Contact Us. They will provide guidance on the replacement process and any necessary details.

Currently, the IICRC offers 27 certifications and 5 micro-credentials. For a detailed list of these certifications and credentials, please click here. The IICRC also offers three Master designations, the Master Water Restorer, Master Fire Restorer, and Master Textile Cleaner. For more information on these master designations, please click here.

Once earned, your IICRC certification(s) remain valid indefinitely, provided you actively maintain your certification status.

Keeping your IICRC certification up-to-date is easy! Just make sure to pay the annual renewal fee and fulfill any required IICRC Continuing Education Credits (CECs). This ensures you stay current in your skills and knowledge, keeping your certification valid and your expertise top-notch.

The cost of maintaining IICRC certifications depends on the level of certifications you've achieved. Generally, annual renewal fees range from $40.00 to $150.00. This fee is separate from any expenses related to obtaining Continuing Education Credits (CECs), which may include costs associated with CEC courses and events.

An IICRC CEC stands for 'continuing education credit.' Certified technicians are required by the IICRC to earn CECs to maintain their certification status. Each IICRC CEC is equivalent to one hour of online or in-person class education. At Restoration Certified, we offer the industry's broadest selection of CEC courses! Click https://restorationcertified.com/iicrc-classes/  to explore our CEC classes.

You can also earn CECs by attending industry trade shows and events where the IICRC is present. Simply visit the IICRC booth, register your attendance, and earn up to 2 IICRC CECs per event.

To maintain most cleaning and restoration certifications, technicians are required to accumulate a total of 14 Continuing Education Credits (CECs) every 4 years. Inspection certifications and Master Status, on the other hand, requires 14 CECs every 2 years for ongoing certification maintenance.

That's easy! visit www.RestorationCertified.com or click here to visit our page full of approved IICRC CEC courses! With over 25 courses available, ranging from 4 to 18 CECs, you have a variety of options to enhance your knowledge and meet your certification requirements!

If your IICRC certification has expired for less than 24 months, don't worry! The IICRC will help you reinstate your certification. Simply send an email to [email protected], requesting a certification renewal. They will assess the applicable fees and send you an invoice.

For certifications expired over 24 months, reach out by sending an email to [email protected] to request a reinstatement.