The RIA Convention and Expo: Redefining Community and Connection

The sold-out 2024 RIA International Convention and Expo witnessed a remarkable gathering of over 1,240 professionals, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders from across the country, giving way to the incredible momentum and buzz the industry is currently generating. Hosted in Dallas, Texas from April 8-10, the convention provided a platform for industry professionals to connect, learn from each other, and explore new opportunities. Not only did the RIA announce on-site that it had reached a record-breaking 1,600 members; the convention saw a record attendance for new attendees, with 530 (or 42.67% of the attendees) saying

New Standard Published: ANSI/IICRC S520 Standard for Professional Mold Remediation

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) announces the publication of a newly-revised ANSI-approved ANSI/IICRC S520 Standard for Professional Mold Remediation (4th edition, 2024). This Standard describes the procedures to be followed and the precautions to be taken when performing mold remediation in residential, commercial, and institutional buildings, and the systems and personal property contents of those structures. This Standard was written for use by those involved in the mold remediation industry, primarily for mold remediation companies and workers, and secondarily, for others who inspect or assess mold complaints, prepare remediation specifications,

The Restoration Dictionary: Part 2

Effective communication between the various stakeholders in our industry relies on the use of a shared language with clear meanings. Recognizing this need, the IICRC has developed the IICRC Standards, providing industry professionals with a common language and set of definitions. In this article, we’ll cover a few key terms that all cleaning and restoration professionals should know. If you missed it, make sure to review the first set of definitions in Part 1 of The Restoration Dictionary series. Abatement: This is the process of removing the presence of hazardous materials such as asbestos

Don’t Touch the Oscar: Going Beyond Technical Training for Technicians

In  the restoration industry, we work in people’s homes and offices. Our companies are in the most intimate and private portions of people’s lives during a time when stress is very high.  What could possibly go wrong?  To add to this equation, who are we sending out to spend the most time on the jobsite? Field technicians.  Most restorers struggle with attracting and retaining technicians. The job is hard and often thankless, and it is left to those who have minimal job skills, often come from tough backgrounds, and may be lacking in areas

IICRC Mold Remediation Certification Required Under New Virginia Law 

Governor Glenn Youngkin of Virginia signed HB 1270 into law. The new legislation, which will go into effect July 1, 2024, makes it a violation of the Virginia Consumer Protection Act “to sell or offer for sale services as a professional mold remediator, to be performed upon any residential dwelling, without holding a mold remediation certification from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC).”  The bill passed both the Virginia Senate and House of Delegates unanimously. “Several legislators told me that improper mold remediation was a common subject of calls they receive

IICRC Opens Nominations for the Board of Directors

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is now accepting nominations for its Board of Directors, which is a volunteer board serving to represent the interests of its Shareholders, Certified Firms and Registrants while leading the direction of the organization. Nominees should possess industry knowledge and experience, be willing to contribute to the mission and ideals of the IICRC and be available to serve a three-year term. Director nominees should be dedicated volunteers who are committed to achieving IICRC objectives, which include but are not limited to: Being the leading independent, non-profit

The IICRC Fire Damage Standards – Why You Should Prepare Now

Now is Time to Get Ready A professional remediation standard for fire damage will be published. You can count on it.  Never more sure about it, I wrote these words myself and published them in an article1: “Some fire professionals have been hearing about the first-ever internationally accredited fire restoration standard for a long time…Right now, work is underway…this much is certain: the standard for fire damage restoration is coming, and it is going to be impactful and important. But the process takes time….work started in very early 2014.” All that is true. Impactful,

Restoration Technical Institute (RTI) Announces Available Training Courses for 2nd Quarter of 2024

Restoration Technical Institute (RTI) announces available training courses for 2nd quarter of 2024. Visit our website for additional learning opportunities including health, safety and compliance courses, FREE webinars and more: https://courses.rtilearning.com/course-catalog IICRC Commercial Carpet Maintenance Technician (CCMT) – Virtual w/Dane Gregory RTI Learning | Elevate Your Expertise with IICRC CEC: Commercial Carpet Maintenance Technician (CCMT) Certification DATE: April 3-5, 2024 TIME: 10AM – 4PM (EST) COST: $349 IICRC Carpet Cleaning Technician (CCT) – Virtual w/Mark Violand RTI Learning | Master the Art of Carpet Cleaning DATE: April 9-10, 2024 TIME: 10AM – 6PM (EST)

HOMEE and Restoration Technical Institute (RTI) Launch HOMEE University

HOMEE, the leading Digital Marketplace & Claims Management platform for the Property and Casualty (P&C) insurance industry and Restoration Technical Institute (RTI), a Training and Software company, have joined forces to launch HOMEE University. The national partnership brings together HOMEE’s pioneering technology and approach that connects insurers, policyholders, and skilled service providers through the claims process with a range of training, tools, and resources that support contractors’ success. HOMEE University is a modern learning management system that includes a comprehensive library of training resources, reporting, and data analytics. HOMEE University combines HOMEE specific training

Restoration Technical Institute and The Language of Leadership, Launches a Leadership Academy for the Restoration, Cleaning, and Related Industries

Reading, PA-based Restoration Technical Institute (RTI) and The Language of Leadership, headquartered in Bend, OR, are thrilled to announce the launch of the Academy.   Erik Berglund, the visionary Founder and CEO of The Language of Leadership, has emerged as a leading authority in the field of effective leadership practices.  As a compliment to the programs that Erik has developed and launched, the Language of Leadership Academy for Restoration and related industries.  It is a safe virtual space where leaders can practice, receive coaching, and continue to learn and master the skill of leadership. 

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