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Updated: Apr 6, 2023

Do you know how to spot the difference between an amateur and a reputable disaster cleanup and restoration company? Few people do. You can identify this by a specific certification that’s called the Institution of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC for short). This international non-profit organization establishes and promotes globally recognized standards and certifications for the industry. IICRC's headquarters is in Las Vegas, Nevada and they offer training, certification programs, and events. To become certified, applicants must meet certain criteria such as being insured and licensed besides passing stringent testing. If you need to hire a credible restoration and cleaning company, make sure that the company has an IICRC certification. We put together this short guide to help you better understand the importance of an IICRC certification.

The Highest Standards In The Industry

The IICRC serves to develop common industry language, terminology, and concepts to create universal standards and field guides for the industry. The IICRC has developed and published over 15 standards, such as the BSR/IICRC S530 – Standard for Indoor Environmental Assessment for Suspected Mold Contamination Structures and the BSR/IICRC S590 – Standard for HVAC Cleaning and Decontamination in a Water-Damaged Environment. They also produce the Field Guide for Safety and Health for Disaster Restoration Professionals and the Safety and Health for Professional Cleaners.

Certification You Can Rely On

When it comes to hiring a restoration and disaster cleanup company, there are plenty of choices out there. Every city has a number of specialists available, but not all are created equal. If you want to hire the most reputable company, you need to look for the IICRC logo. Why? Because an IICRC Certification is the highest level of service that a professional cleanup and restoration firm can hold. If you’re looking for a mold remediation specialist and they aren't IICRC certified, you should be wary. You never want to leave it to an amateur to take care of your HVAC cleaning or remediation work, especially when it involves the air you breathe in your home.

Stringent Training

When you hire an IICRC certified firm or technician, it means that they’ve gone through training and testing at the highest industry levels. The certification process is a lengthy and thorough one. It involves multi-day classes with both classroom instruction and hands-on training followed by an examination.

Continual Training

In order to maintain this certification, companies must complete additional courses each year to stay up-to-date on all the latest industry advancements. IICRC Certified firms also receive access to monthly webinars and marketing tools that provide all of the latest information and technological advancements, techniques, tools, and equipment in the industry.

IICRC Protects You

Not all trade industries have licensing requirements. This means that anyone could start a mold remediation company, even without the required skills or knowledge to do the job right. This can have a major impact on the health and safety of you and your family. Fortunately, the IICRC certification organization ensures that when you hire a certified firm or technician, that you have indeed hired an expert who has been trained and certified to work within the highest levels of standards in the industry.

You wouldn’t hire a plumber or electrician who isn’t properly trained, insured, and certified. So, why would you hire a cleaning and restoration professional who lacks certification? At APD Roofing, our Chief Operations Manager is a Licensed Insurance Adjuster since 2004 (Texas and Florida licensed) as well as IICRC certified. When you call us at <833 766 3932> you can be certain that you’ve hired an industry expert in water and smoke damage remediation, cleanup, duct cleaning, and structural drying and mold treatment. And for help with the restoration and rebuild, our General Contracting division can assist as well. When you need help with any water or smoke damage remediation needs, whether residential or commercial, don’t delay, call APD Roofing today!


Lead Claims Consultant, IICRC Certified

APD Roofing Houston


Office Manager

APD Roofing


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