Guest Post – Grow Your Business through Training & Certification

Sep 12, 2019

This is a guest blog post from our friends at Zack Academy. If you or someone on your team is searching for a certification training class wherever you are in the U.S, you’ve got to visit Zack Academy.  For example, I did a quick search for a WRT class in PA and found this listing for upcoming dates at Restoration Technical Institute in Reading, PA.


Every company wants to stand out from the competition and increase their sales, but it can be hard to do in the restoration industry. However, it’s possible to set your company apart from others and one of the easiest ways to stand out is to designate your expertise with certification training.

The IICRC is an international organization that sets industry standards for the cleaning and restoration industry. IICRC training is recognized by many insurance agencies as a seal of quality work. Whether you’ve never taken an IICRC course or you’re a certified IICRC Master, there are many courses available that can add value to your company. Read on to learn how these four select IICRC courses can bring your company more business and increase your value to your clients.


Contents Processing and Pack Out:

For companies that struggle with inventory or documentation, this Contents Processing and Pack Out course can save time and money. In this course, participants learn how to perform a pack out, which is a common restoration service that involves removing damaged items from a project and cleaning them offsite. You will learn how to estimate and document more accurately, using digital inventory systems and different methods for transportation, cleaning, and warehouse functions. Participants receive customizable documents for on-the-job use. After this training, your company can add or revamp a Contents Processing service for your clients.

Participants who successfully complete this course earn 14.0 IICRC Continuing Education Credits (CECS). Coincidentally, that’s the amount of CECS you need every four years to maintain your IICRC technician certification. Overall, consider this course if you want to increase the volume of business your company can handle.


Health and Safety Technician (HST):

This course covers many of the safety requirements your company should be aware of before landing a job. This includes common safety violations, hazard prevention, and best practices.

The HST training includes completing a respiratory protection plan in class for your company. This written document is required for almost all types of restoration work and companies can be fined by OSHA without it. Instead of paying money to have someone else draft up this legal document, you can sit down with industry experts who will show you how to do it yourself. Participants will also walk out of this course with an OSHA 10-Hour General Industry card.

Furthermore, course participants also get to practice with real respirators. Respirators come in different sizes and styles, and buying the wrong one can be a costly mistake. You can save time and money by having an experienced instructor fit you for a respiratory during class.

Lastly many of the IICRC Certification Tracks to get an advanced level Master Certification require HST training. These IICRC Journeyman and Master tracks are a great way to set yourself apart from the pack and designate your expertise in the cleaning and restoration industry. Overall, this course provides an important base of knowledge in one class and shouldn’t be passed up.


Applied Microbial Remediation Technician (AMRT):

If you already have your Water Damage Restoration Technician (WRT) certification, the Applied Microbial Remediation Technician (AMRT) course is a logical service your company can provide. Participants of this course learn how remediate mold, sewage, and other Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) issues.

As most microbial growth is caused by the presence of moisture, chances are your water damage clients have mold on their properties, too. With this course, you can learn the best ways to address this mold and improve indoor air quality, becoming a “one-stop shop” for your clients. If you’re interested in improving on the skills you already have, consider this course.


Odor Control Technician (OCT):

In almost every restoration project, there are unpleasant odors to be found. Whether it’s mold and mildew, smoke damage, or chemical odors from spills, these odors can permeate a property and make it never really feel clean.

In the Odor Control Technician course, participants will learn the science of removing odors from a variety of materials and surfaces. Having this skill set provides an easy upsell to your existing clients or provide an avenue of new business. This course is an entry-level IICRC course with no prerequisites. If you’re looking to add more value to your company, consider the Odor Control Technician course.

These are just a few of the many IICRC courses available to help take your cleaning company to the next level. Be sure to check out a full list of options here, and learn which courses to take next based on your experience level.


About Zack Academy

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