The Certified Restorer Body of Knowledge

The complete guide for those pursing excellence in restoration education and training. 

The restoration profession has grown rapidly over the past four decades – with more and more public and private organizations requiring the services of qualified restoration contractors and specifically, the training and expertise of Certified Restorers.  Solid knowledge of professional restoration procedures, combined with a growing understanding of the science associated with restoration methods, have moved the profession to a higher profile with the public and private sector, insurance companies, government agencies, and humanitarian groups.

As awareness of the restoration industry increases, an obligation to the end users is recognized by the restoration industry and its affiliated organizations. The restoration profession has expanded from its early years of hands-on field and carpet cleaning training to today’s need for consistently updated, expanded, and specific knowledge of fire and smoke damage restoration, water damage restoration, mold remediation, and personal property restoration. This awareness has accelerated the need for uniform restoration education across the country. 

The 21st Century Certified Restorer requires an updated comprehensive education, based on a realistic analysis of the expanding restoration industry, and the competencies needed to keep pace with changes is the dynamics of business, finance, operations, and technical procedures.  Uniformity in an expanding body of knowledge and the development of corresponding educational programs had to be created to graduate Certified Restorers who are educated in a wide range of knowledge domains and practices.

This Body of Knowledge was generated, according to guiding principles of cognitive learning theory in an instructional design framework. The CR BoK document has undergone extensive revisions in addition to an unbiased peer review by a 25 – member Peer Review Team and an extensive open industry peer review process and comment period.

The RIA Certified Restorer Body of Knowledge is a trailblazing document for the restoration industry. Available free to the industry from RIA, this document is intended to provide an update on the changing and expanding restoration industry. It is organized to cover primary knowledge sections that follow core competencies and levels of understanding. Also conveyed are how elements of the restoration profession are interrelated, enabling the Certified Restorer to succeed.

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