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Certified Restorer ® (CR)

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.


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

a. RIA Building Science Workshop

b. RIA’s Water Loss Specialist (WLS)

c. Building Science Corporation 2-day seminar


3. Domain #3: Contents Restoration

a. RIA Contents Science & Theory Course


4. Domain #4: Health & Safety Training

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

b. IICRC Commercial Drying Specialist (CDS) Course

c. RIA-approved Project Management course or industry equivalent


Step 3: Take the CR Prep Course and Exam

Step 3A

Complete the CR Application and Prep Course/Exam Registration here. 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

Step 3B

After you complete the Prep Course/Exam Registration, click here to register for the next CR course and exam. This is final course for those pursuing their RIA advanced certification, the Certified Restorer (CR), this six -day Prep course 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. (Your WLS Report is acceptable to use here.) Finalize your Formal Report within 60 days of completing the course.


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