Is there an organization that instructs on hard surface cleaning?
Yes. The IICRC or Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification is a non-profit organization known throughout the globe. They partner with other trade associations to establish and promote industry standards and certifications in installation, inspection, cleaning and restoration. They do this through IICRC-approved schools and instructors who have shown the ability to meet and uphold industry standards.
What class does the IICRC offer regarding hard surface cleaning?
The IICRC offers the Floor Care Technician (FCT) course. In this two-day course, the student will learn various hard flooring types, industry principals and procedures, safety, liability and health issues, floor care regarding hard surfaces, and the proper tools, equipment and chemicals that are appropriate for the job, as well as other industry resources. They will also learn how to inspect the floor for trouble spots and come up with a solution. This is an introductory-level course, and no pre-requisites are needed to take the class.
Is there a need for a firm and their technicians to receive FCT certification?
A growing number of customers would answer yes. As homes age, so does their flooring. Many older homes have unique flooring types, and even with age, some homeowners choose to keep it. This is where hiring a knowledgeable certified technician can make a difference.
Is it easy to find a local FCT course?
The IICRC’s website gives a listing of its approved schools and instructors. It also lists its course and certification tracks. The website will also list when and where the next course will be available. This makes it easy to plan a technicians training time in advance.