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Certified Restorer ® (CR)

Certified Restorer® (CR)

Upcoming Course Dates

November 11-13,2019 -Bartlett, TN

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RIA’s capstone certification, the Certified Restorer (CR) is the penultimate achievement in comprehensive restoration, project management and consulting mastery.  This three-day program is geared towards advanced restoration professionals seeking to establish their in-depth expertise of leadership and insurance damage related restoration business management acumen. The RIA CR Curriculum is built upon its four restoration pillars – water, fire, environmental, and contents.  Learn from experts and network with peers to both grow a profitable and productive restoration company, as well as set the foundation for a strong industry related consulting career.  The CR program provides a warm, interactive environment leading to a lifelong relationship with your fellow students; a place where experienced restoration professionals can explore the business needs of their organization, while insuring the health, safety and productive of employees and customer satisfaction. The learning experience extends beyond the classroom program, as candidates for the CR capstone certification complete a comprehensive final exam onsite during the last day of class and a formal report within 180 days of the course, definitively establishing their mastery of the subject of structural and contents restoration. 


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

  • High school diploma or equivalent education; OR active RIA CMP or WLS Certification 
  • Five (5) years of verifiable work experience or three (3) of verifiable supervisory experience (Experience can include: restoration worker, project supervisor, estimator, consultant, inspector, restoration company manager, facility manager, restoration instructor)


Step 2: Complete the Certified Restorer Prerequisite Courses

To be eligible to take the CR Prep Course and sit for the exam, you must complete one course in each of the following domains. A certificate of completion will be required as verification that each domain requirement has been satisfied.

1. Domain #1: Basic Skills in Fire, Smoke & Water Damage Restoration

a. IICRC Fire & Smoke (FST) AND IICRC Water Restoration Technician Course (WRT)


2. Domain #2: Structural Restoration (pick one)

a. RIA Building Science Workshop or Building Science Corporation 2-day seminar

b. RIA Water Loss Specialist (WLS) (required for sign-ups after 2020)


3. Domain #3: Contents Restoration (pick one)

a. RIA Contents Science & Theory Course

b. RIA Contents Loss Specialist (CLS) (required for sing-ups after 2020)


4. Domain #4: Health & Safety Training (minimum of 12 contact hours)

a. OSHA 10-hr Haz-Com Course

b. IICRC Health & Safety Technician (HST) course

c. Other OSHA/Red Cross training equivalent (Confined Space, Lock-Out/Tag-Out, etc.: minimum of 10 hours training required)


5. Domain #5: Project Management

a. RIA Project & Risk Management Course or RIA-approved Project Management course or industry equivalent

 b. IICRC Commercial Drying Specialist (CDS) Course


Step 3: Take the CR Prep Course and Exam

After you complete the Prep Courses, click here to register for the next CR course and exam. Be prepared to upload the following documents with your application:

1. Resume

2. Letter of Recommendation (from immediate Supervisor)

3. Certificate of completion for each domain of prerequisite courses

This is the final course for those pursuing their RIA’s capstone certification, the Certified Restorer (CR), and incorporates lectures, specialized presentations from subject matter experts in their field, case studies and group study work.


Step 4: Complete the CR Formal Report

Bring a draft of your Formal Report to the CR Prep Course and receive immediate guidance and advice. Finalize your Formal Report within 180 days of completing the course.


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