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October 2015 MoU Spotlight

IICRC MoU Spotlight

What is an MoU? An MoU is a Memorandum of Understanding. The IICRC forms strategic partnerships through the use of MoUs with organizations that lead to the Institute’s standards and certifications use in other industries. MoUs also expand the global reach and value of the Institute by fostering long-term relationships in other countries with organizations that share our mission and values.

As part of an ongoing series, the Institute will highlight a new MoU in each issue of the IICRCToday. Who’s up this month? The Restoration Industry Association

Restoration Industry Association (RIA)
Marc Selvitelli, Executive Director

What is RIA / what is your mission?
The Restoration Industry Association is the oldest and largest non-profit, professional trade association dedicated to providing and promoting best practices in the industry through advocacy, standards and professional qualifications. Representing over 20,000 cleaning and restoration professionals, RIA provides credibility, education and business improvement events to maximize industry exposure and advance knowledge in the cleaning and restoration industry.

RIA’s mission is: “The restoration contractor’s foremost resource for advanced education, professional practices, member advocacy and cultivation of industry relationships.”  

Who is RIA’s audience?
Our members represent a wide variety of cleaning and restoration professionals ranging from expertise in textiles and environmental issues to forensics and content restoration. Membership levels range from contractor members, to franchisor and franchisee and to vendors.

What are three things RIA is working on in the upcoming year?
RIA is anticipating a busy and exciting 2016!
•    RIA celebrates its 70th anniversary in 2016. Special events commemorating the occasion are slated for the International Restoration Convention and Industry Expo. Be sure to join us in Orlando, Florida, March 21-23, 2016, at the industry’s premier event designed to bring together restoration and reconstruction professionals along with vendors, for networking and education.

•    RIA will be continuing to expand our educational offerings with a number of new and revamped courses scheduled for next year. Be on the lookout for educational classes in your region.

•    Our certification programs continue to help restoration and cleaning professional stand out in the industry. We will soon release the revised Body of Knowledge for the industry’s premiere certification, the Certified Restorer (CR). Visit our website for more information about our certifications; the Certified Restorer, Water Loss Specialist and Certified Mold Professional.

Where can we see you next?
Be on the lookout for registration information for the International Restoration Convention and Industry Expo. Along with the Expo, visit our website for information regarding educational offerings and upcoming webinars.

For more information about RIA, visit  

For more information about the IICRC’s MoUs, visit

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