May 2016 For Your Information: Industry news and updates




IICRC certification continues to be recognized and recommended by name by many major insurance companies, flooring manufacturers and industry trade groups as the premier credentialing program for the inspection, cleaning and restoration industries.

If you are looking for information regarding where to find IICRC-approved training and certification classes, visit the IICRC website at The site provides class descriptions and a searchable list of when and where training is available. Over 27,000 professionals attend IICRC-approved training classes and submit IICRC standardized exams for processing each year. Certification categories include water damage restoration, applied structural drying, fire and smoke restoration, carpet cleaning, upholstery cleaning and many more.

Do you have questions about IICRC standards, what they are and why they’re important? The IICRC has recently published a new video called Why Standards Matter, which discusses the fundamental role standards play in everything the IICRC does as well as how people can get involved in the standards-setting process. You can view the video on the IICRC’s YouTube page at


Ralph Bloss award nomination period is open

Ralph BlossBIRMINGHAM, AL — The nomination period is now open for the Ralph Bloss Humanitarian Award, presented each year to a floor care industry member who demonstrates the inspiring charitable practices of the late, beloved industry legend.

Only members of the industry may nominate another member of the industry for the award. This is not an award simply recognizing achievement within the industry, but rather nominees should be involved in humanitarian efforts within his or her community and with other cleaning and restoration professionals.

The 2015 Ralph Bloss Humanitarian Award winners were Larry and Tryna Cooper of Meetings & Events and The Experience. Other past winners are:

  • Steve Toburen, Jon-Don
  • Rich Piltch, ARS Restoration Specialists
  • Randall Linton, Interior Care Services
  • Neil Atkinson, Chase Carpet Care
  • Karl Bohr, Sr., Best Karpet Klean
  • John and Lora Olson, Superior Cleaning Solutions
  • Gary Gilman, SteamMaster Restoration and Cleaning
  • Craig Kersemeier, K-tech Kleening and Restoration
  • Cary Adler, Four Star Cleaning and Restoration
  • Bob Bonwell, Advantage Marketing Inc.
  • Barry Costa, The Costa Group Inc.
  • Tom Hill, T. Hill & Associates
  • Al Bradham, Carpet Care Services.

To access the online form or to find the downloadable form to make a nomination, visit

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