Certified Restorer® (CR)


The Certified Restorer® (CR) Certification Program focuses on damage repair and raising committed restorers to a higher level of professional ability.

Education and study address both buildings and personal contents property, and are based on the structure and nature of materials, and the effects of various perils. Restoration theory addresses the mechanisms by which residue odors are removed. Toxic contamination, allergic response, water damage, contracts and insurance are also covered.

The CERTIFIED RESTORER Certification Program is widely recognized as the pre-eminent training program in damage repair.


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Join the CR Class of 2014/15!

RIA is offering Candidates a unique opportunity to earn the Certified Restorer (CR) Certification by March 1, 2015 with the award made at the Annual Conference in Las Vegas, May 6-8, 2015. 

If you have already completed these pre-requisites for the certification OR this other list of pre-requisites, you are eligible to join the 2014/15 Class scheduled for February 23–28, 2015 in Fort Mill, SC. This course is designed for those who are ready to prove they are CR material and willing to work on an accelerated timetable to complete the CR requirements leading to certification.  Seats are limited.

Your mentors, Ken Larsen, CR, WLS, CSDS, Director of Education, DKI Services Corporation and Norris Gearhart, CR, Chief Operating Office at TOMI Environmental Solutions will lead you through the exam prep course and the CR Formal Report exercise.  

Normally submitted during the final phase of the certification process, the class of 2014/15 has the unique opportunity of presenting their formal report for review at the CR Prep-Course. Larsen and Gearhart will review your report onsite and provide you individual feedback and guidance enabling you to make your report worthy of bearing the CR stamp/seal displaying your personal CR Certification Number. It is absolutely possible that your report can be approved before you even do your exam!

Also for the first time, this class will be taking their exam online meaning your results will be immediate. 

Course details:

Course Dates:  Monday-Saturday, February 23-28, 2015
Course Location:  Sunbelt Rentals, Fort Mill, SC
Course Cost:  $1,695 Members/$2,195 Non-Members
Includes all course materials, five days of instruction; Formal Report writing mentoring, lunch each day, class dinner, final exam.
Hotel:  Hyatt Place-Arrowood, Charlotte, NC 
 Daily room rate $89.00 with Sunbelt Rentals Discount if booked by December 31, 2014

More information, registration details, and a link to the application can be found by clicking here.

Those with questions are invited to email Bill Prather at wprather@restorationindustry.org.

General question and inquires can be emailed to: certification@restorationindustry.org.

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