IICRC and RIA announce strategic partnership

The agreement calls for the two organisations to work together to elevate the restoration industry.

The Restoration Industry Association (RIA) and the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) have announced a strategic partnership to enable each organisation to focus on its core mission to help elevate knowledge and professionalism within the industry.

Pursuant to the partnership, RIA will develop its educational programs, but the administration of its respected designations will be done by IICRC. In addition, IICRC will be able to offer and market RIA programs not only to RIA members, but to IICRC certified firms and IICRC registrants.

IICRC will also form a consensus body for the BSR/IICRC S700: Standard for Professional Smoke and Fire Restoration. Thanks to this strategic partnership, an ANSI-approved fire standard will be brought to the marketplace.

The leadership from both RIA and IICRC will form an Industry Advocacy Task Force to identify issues, and the means of addressing such issues, for the mutual benefit of RIA’s and IICRC’s constituency.

The IICRC is a global, ANSI-accredited Standards Developing Organization (SDO) that credentials individuals in 20+ categories within the inspection, cleaning and restoration industries.

Representing more than 54,000 certified technicians and 6000 certified firms in 22 countries, the IICRC, in partnership with regional and international trade associations, represents the entire industry.

The RIA is the largest trade association representing the restoration and reconstruction industry with more than 1100 member firms worldwide.

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