Environmental Risk Specialist (ERS) Advanced Pillar Designation

2024 Environmental Risk Specialist Course

The RIA's Environmental Risk Specialist (ERS) Advanced Pillar Designation is the newest, and final, of the four pillars of the enhanced Certified Restorer (CR) program. The Environmental Risk Specialist (ERS) designation course will prepare the Environmental Specialist to navigate resources, industry guidelines, and regulations. The course provides the student with awareness and understanding of the environmental hazards, including Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosives (CBRNE), and risks associated with disaster sites. This course is an excellent opportunity for students in the industry to gain a fundamental understanding of evaluating front-end risks associated with such events.

How to Achieve the ERS Designation

To achieve the ERS Designation, students must complete the following:

Step 1. Submit Candidate Application & Required Work Verification

Candidates for the ERS must meet the pre-qualifying education & work experience requirements which include the following:

  • High school diploma or equivalent education
  • Either five years of verifiable work experience or three years of verifiable supervisory experience, project supervisor, estimator, consultant, inspector, restoration company manager, facility manager, restoration instructor.

This designation program is recommended for those with five years or more of active experience in the restoration industry.

Candidate Application & Required Work Verification

Candidates must submit a Candidate Application & Required Work Verification which includes the submission of the following information:

  • A resume documenting the required work experience
  • Submission of two (2) work project summaries documenting field experience and the work experience necessary for the designation they are attempting to register for.  

Candidates must submit the application at least 60 days before the start of the designation course.

Information Needed on the Project Summaries

  • Project Name
  • Project City/State
  • Project Date (Year and Month)
  • Project Type (Choose from a menu, check all that apply)
  • Applicants' titles and duties
  • Project Summary (300 words or less including the summary of the problem, an explanation of responsibilities, and a statement of outcome in the first person

Review Process

Once candidates have submitted the Candidate Application & Required Work Verification the application and work experience documentation will be verified by the work verification committee within 10 business days. If the application is approved, the RIA staff will provide registration access to the candidate where they will be prompted to pay the registration fee and submit all prerequisite documents. RIA staff will notify the applicant if the application has been denied. Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.


Step 2. Complete ERS Prerequisites

Once the candidate application is approved, candidates will receive access to the registration system where they will be able to submit the prerequisite documentation. All prerequisite requirements and documentation must be submitted by September 2, 2024 in order to participate in the ERS training course.


Prerequisite Courses

Domain #1: Microbial Remediation

Choose one of the following:

Domain #2: Safety Training
(Minimum 73 contact hours)

Must be a minimum of 73 contact hours in the following:

  • OSHA 30 Hour General Industry or Construction (30 Contact Hours)
  • OSHA Respiratory Protection Training & Fit Testing (OSHA 1910.134) (2-4 Contact Hours)
  • OSHA Hazwopper 40-hour - (OSHA 1910.120) (40 Contact Hours)
  • BloodBorne Pathogens - (OSHA 1910.1030) (1-4 Contact Hours)
  • International equivalent to OSHA (approval required)

Domain #3: Water Training
(Minimum 19 contact hours)

Mandatory Requirement: 

Domain #4: Project Management
(Minimum 12 Contact Hours)

Must be a minimum of 12 contact hours in any of the following:

Domain #5: Fire
(Minimum 21 contact hours)

Must be a minimum of 21 contact hours in any of the following:

Step 3. Attend the ERS Training Course (2024)

Environmental Risk Specialist (ERS) Designation In-Person Training Course
October 2-4, 2024
Chicago, IL (Aramsco)
11222 Melrose Ave Ste 200, Franklin Park, IL 60131
(Light breakfast and lunch will be provided)
19.5 CE Credits Awarded for Attendance

Course Hotel:
Holiday Inn Express – O’Hare
811 E. Grand Ave,  Bensenville, IL 60106
Mention Aramsco Corporate Rate

Course Instructor
Scott Vogel
Instructor Bio

Course Fees
$1540 - RIA Member
$1855 - Nonmember

Course Cancelation and Refund Policy
The training course availability is limited to 30 attendees. Please be sure you are available to attend when registering. Cancelations must be made in writing to info@restorationindustry.org. Cancelations received less than 30 days prior to the course start date will not be granted a refund. Cancelations received 30 days prior to the course start date will be granted a full refund minus a $100 administrative fee. In the unlikely event the course must be canceled or rescheduled, RIA will contact you to register you in a comparable program.

Step 4. Pass the ERS Exam

The ERS Exam will be administered will be administered by the IICRC via online proctoring and candidates will have two weeks after the course to complete the exam. An additional exam registration fee of $250 applies.

Step 5. Submit Risk Assessment Assignment

Upon passing the ERS exam, students will submit a risk assessment assignment for review and approval. Upon approval, the student will receive their ERS Designation and be eligible for participating in the RIA Designation Pinning Ceremony at the RIA Convention.

Have questions? Contact us at info@restorationindustry.org