School Is NEVER Out for the TRUE Restoration PROFESSIONAL
Even though our kids will be out of school for the summer in a few months, we are always aware of the importance of a good education. School doesn’t just teach facts and figures. You learn skills that allow you to accomplish many basic tasks. Math, reading, problem-solving and learning to work with others are skills that most of us learned in school.
Perhaps the most important skill that school teaches us is how to learn. We learn to read, ask questions, test theories and discuss ideas as a means of expanding our knowledge. Imagine what would happen if a child was never taught these basic skills. It would be difficult to learn to drive, fill out a job application, read a menu, count money, use a computer or smart phone, travel abroad or shop without acquiring the skills you learn in school.
But learning doesn’t stop when you graduate from high school or college. You still need to acquire specific skills and knowledge in your chosen field of endeavor in order to achieve excellence. That is when specialized training is needed. Can you imagine hiring a surgeon who only received on-the-job-training? What about an automobile mechanic who watched some online videos to learn how to fix your car?
Professions like cosmetology, plumbing, home building, childcare and many others require training, certification and in some cases, licensing. It should come as no surprise that training and certification are available for professional disaster restoration technicians, too. This training and certification come from an organization called the Institute of Inspection Cleaning
and Restoration Certification or IICRC.
Unlike those other professions, however, training and certification are not legal requirements for water, fire and smoke restorers. That is why many professional restoration companies never invest the money and time in their employees to get this valuable training.
Clean Pro Cleaning & Restoration technicians are different. We believe in the value of classroom learning in addition to our field training. In the classroom, technicians learn to identify the
different classes and categories of damage. This is important so that they select the proper techniques and equipment to restore the structure.
They learn about health and safety, basic building construction, psychrometry (the science of air, temperature, humidity and their effects on buildings and people) and more.
In a typical 2- or 3-day IICRC course, our technicians get practical hands-on demonstrations by a seasoned instructor with many years in the industry. This allows the students to reap the benefits of decades of experience without the risk of problems on the job. There are separate courses for certification in each of several restoration categories including:
basic water damage, health and safety, fire and smoke restoration, mold remediation, odor removal, applied structural drying as well as commercial drying.
Once the course is completed, our Technicians must pass a monitored 150- to 200-question exam to qualify for certification in that discipline. But that is not the end of it. The IICRC requires ongoing education to maintain certification. So our Technicians keep learning even after they have achieved certification. This assures you, our valued clients, that we are up to date on the latest in the restoration industry.
As you can probably imagine, education is not free. It requires a significant investment of time and money to keep our team at the top of our profession. Clean Pro Cleaning & Restoration believes you, our clients, are worth it