IICRC Certification - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Earning an IICRC certification is the first step in your restoration training! The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, is a non-profit organization that writes and publishes industry standards, advocates for the cleaning and restoration industries, and issues certifications. When a student takes an IICRC certification course with LearnToRestore.com, they will be prepared to take the corresponding exam after the class. Upon passing the exam, the IICRC will issue a certification. Below are some of our most frequently asked questions (FAQs). Learn more about the training and certifications available to you, and if you have any questions, let us know!

IICRC Classes

What does IICRC stand for?

IICRC stands for the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification. The IICRC is a non-profit standards organization that writes standards, certification exams, and issues certifications.

An IICRC certification is issued after a student completes an IICRC-approved course and passes the corresponding exam. These certifications are issued for a variety of topics in inspection, cleaning, and restoration. 

Yes, you can take the IICRC test online! If you complete a live-stream online course, you are required to take the exam online through the IICRC exam portal after class ends. You will have 45 days from the last day of class to take the exam. However, if you take an in-person course, the exam will be taken on the last day of class.

Each certification course is a different length, but they are between 1-5 days. For example, the OCT (Odor Control Technician) course is 1 day, and the WRT/ASD Combo (Water Restoration Technician/Applied Structural Drying) course is 5 days. See the class page to view our class schedule and course length.

After passing the exam, the IICRC takes 4-6 weeks to process and issue your certification. After your certification is processed, it will be mailed to you and may take 7-10 business days to receive.

You must receive a score of 75% or higher to pass the exam and receive your certification.

If you don’t receive a passing score of 75% or higher, you can retake the exam with up to two additional attempts. Each exam attempt requires an additional exam fee. If you fail the exam 3 times total, you must retake the course before you can take the test again.

The IICRC charges an $80 exam fee prior to taking the exam (the AMRT and Inspection exam fee is $150). 

After registering for the course, you will receive an email with a link to the IICRC exam registration page. You can also register for an exam!

You should register for your IICRC exam prior to class starting.If you need help with the exam registration email exams@iicrcnet.org.

Yes, IICRC certifications will expire if they are not renewed. The renewal process consists of paying a yearly fee to the IICRC and earning Continuing Education Credits (CECs). 

Yes, IICRC exams are multiple-choice. Each question will consist of several potential answers and students must choose the correct answer. 

Earning an IICRC certification consists of taking an IICRC-approved course and passing the corresponding exam. After passing the exam, the student will receive a certification in that category. To get started in your restoration certification journey, find an IICRC class!

The IICRC Master Designation is issued to students who have completed the master track program and have been certified for the required time. There are currently three IICRC Master Designations – Master Water Restorer (MWR), Master Fire & Smoke Restorer (MSR), and Master Textile Cleaner (MTC). Each master track program consists of earning multiple IICRC certifications. 

To keep your IICRC certification active, you must pay yearly renewal fee to the IICRC. You must also earn Continuing Education Credits (CECs). Certified technicians are required to earn 14 CECs every four years. If you have an inspector certification or a master designation, you are required to earn 14 CECs every two years. 

The IICRC renewal fee is based on how many certification you hold.

  • 1-2 Certifications: $46/year
  • 3-4 Certifications: $58/year
  • 5+ Certifications: $70/year
  • AMRT Certification: $72/year
  • If you have Master Status: An additional $12/year
  • Certified Firm: $199/year

You can earn CECs by attending industry events such as tradeshows, earning an additional IICRC certification in another category, or completing a self-paced CEC course. 

If your IICRC certification has expired for less than 24 months, email renewals@iicrcnet.org to get a copy of your invoice so you can renew your certification.

If your certification has expired for more than 24 months, email reinstatements@iicrcnet.org and request a reinstatement. 

Yes! Your company can become an IICRC Certified Firm. This gives you several benefits including the use of the IICRC logo on your marketing materials, access to webinars, being listed on the IICRC Glocal Locator, and more! 

IICRC Certification Courses

Earn your IICRC Certification online or in-person with LearnToRestore.com

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