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Achieving A Certification For Carpet Cleaning

One of the smartest moves a technician can make is attaining certification for carpet cleaning. The textile treatment industry is one in which reputation is paramount, and technicians can separate themselves from others in their field by training with some of the best. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) focuses on helping professionals who have the initiative to improve their service and techniques. Once the technician has passed an IICRC course and becomes a registrant of the institute, they will join a select group of industry experts.

How can a technician attain certification for carpet cleaning through the IICRC?

The IICRC offers classes in more than two dozen disciplines, including courses that cover residential and commercial textile treatment. All a technician has to do is sign up for a carpet cleaning technician (CCT) course in their area. Unlike most educational facilities, the IICRC makes convenience a priority for industry professionals. Instead of teaching out of a central location, the IICRC handles its instruction through a network of authorized teachers and schools. The IICRC’s approved instructors have demonstrated familiarity with the Institute’s standards and are capable of passing this knowledge on. This instructor network extends around the world, and technicians can find an IICRC-approved school on nearly every continent.  

The CCT course is only two days long and provides 14 hours of total instruction time. During the CCT, professionals will learn theory and a variety of useful skills. Some of this knowledge includes yarn and fiber identification, recognition of particular textile finishes and styles, familiarity with a number of soiling conditions and how to approach each situation best. The CCT also devotes a lot of time to methodology, including learning about the latest treatment equipment, cleaning solutions and techniques. By the time a professional has completed the CCT, they will be able to handle most residential jobs, and with time in the field, this ability will only improve. The CCT is also the IICRC’s foundational course, paving the way for other IICRC training courses, like odor removal, color repair, and flooring installation.

At the end of the CCT course, students will have to pass a written examination to prove their knowledge of the skills and methodologies covered. Once a technician accomplishes this, they will have to apply for recognition by the IICRC, a process that doesn’t take long. After this step, the technician is officially a registrant of the Institute.

Achieving certification for carpet cleaning can change a professional’s fortunes considerably. It should be no surprise that consumers prefer to hire professionals who have proper education. In the textile treatment industry, this is especially important, and a large segment of the population won’t seriously consider a professional who does not have this recognition. This can make working in the industry a daunting task without IICRC support, but with it, a technician will have the most respected industry organization on their side.

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