Restoration Industry Association Fire Loss Specialist (FLS) Certification Program


Fire Loss Specialist Program

Restoration Industry Association (RIA)'s Fire Loss Specialist Advanced Certification Program is one of the four pillars of the enhanced Certified Restorer (CR) program. Who are the industry’s leading subject matter experts, how did they acquire this reputation, how can you work to becoming a recognized industry leader? The Restoration Industry Association (RIA) saw a need for specialized education and developed an advanced fire restoration course.

There are many informative technical courses and certifications that lead to becoming a Master Fire and Smoke Restorer. However, there has not been a course that deals with contracts, ethics, project management, report writing and consulting in the discipline of fire damage. The Fire Loss Specialist (FLS) course covers a wide array of subjects including those listed above. This designation is for those individuals who wish to advance their career and become a recognized subject matter expert in this field.

With the completion of this 3-day course, you will be granted 19.5 CEC credits. 

Be sure to review our FLS Candidates guide for exam info, formal report requirements, FAQ's and more!

View the FLS Course Outline

Register Today! October 5-7, 2022

Step 1: Meet Pre-Qualifying Requirements (Education & Work Experience)

  • High school diploma or equivalent education 
  • Training school that teaches courses similar to contents and restoration
  • Five years of verifiable work experience or three years verifiable supervisory experience, project supervisor, estimator, consultant, inspector, restoration company manager, facility manager, restoration instructor. 

Note: This pillar program is recommended for those with 5 years or more of active experience in the Restoration Industry.

Step 2: Complete the FLS Prerequisite Courses

All 2022 candidates and beyond have 30-days prior to the course to complete the required prerequisites in order to become certified. If you have any questions, please contact us at for upcoming course offerings and assistance. 

To be eligible to receive the FLS certification, candidates must complete the course requirements in each of the following domains. A certificate of completion will be required as verification that each domain requirement has been satisfied.


Prerequisite Courses

Domain #1
Basic Skills in Fire Restoration

Both of the following required: 

Domain #2
Hands on Restoration Training
(24 Contact Hours)

The following can be used to meet the 24 contact hour requirement:

Domain #3
Health and Safety
Choose one of the following:
Domain #4
Project Management

Choose one of the following:

Domain #5
Building Science
Domain #6 Microbial Remediation

Choose one of the following:

Step 3: Take the FLS Prep Course and Exam

Candidates must apply and register for the FLS Prep Course & Exam. Be prepared to upload the following documents with your application:

  • Resume
  • Prerequisite certificates of completion for each domain (if you have completed any at this time)

This is the final course for those pursuing their RIA advanced certification, the Fire Loss Specialist, and incorporates lectures, specialized presentations from subject matter experts in their field, case studies and group study work.

Step 4: Complete the FLS Formal Report

Bring a draft of your Formal Report to the FLS Course and receive immediate guidance and advice. Finalize your Formal Report within 180 days of completing the course. You must submit your Formal Report at least 60 days prior to the RIA Convention in order to be pinned at the RIA Pinning Ceremony.

Restoration Fire Loss Reference Documents