Fire Loss Specialist (FLS) Advanced Pillar Designation

2024 Fire Loss Specialist Course

The Restoration Industry Association (RIA)'s Fire Loss Specialist Advanced Pillar Designation is one of the four pillars of the enhanced Certified Restorer (CR) program. 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 emergency response management, scoping and estimating, pre-structural restoration phase management, project management, odor removal, and abatement, impact of heat and smoke on the built environment, fire restoration in unique environments and much more. This designation is for those individuals who wish to advance their careers and become a recognized subject matter expert in this field.

How to Achieve the FLS Designation

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

Step 1. Submit Candidate Application & Required Work Verification

Candidates for the FLS 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.

Complete the Candidate Application & Work Verification

Step 2. Complete FLS 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 November 4, 2024 in order to participate in the FLS training course. 


Prerequisite Courses

Domain #1: Basic Skills in Fire Restoration

Both of the following are required: 

Domain #2: Hands-on Restoration Training

Both of the following are required: 

Domain #3: Health and Safety

Choose one of the following:

Domain #4: Project Management

Choose one of the following:

Domain #5: Building Science

Mandatory Requirement:


Domain #6: Microbial Remediation Choose one of the following:

Step 3. Attend the FLS Training Course (2024)

Fire Loss Specialist (FLS) Designation In-Person Training Course
December 3-5, 2024
Las Vegas, NV (IICRC)
4043 S Eastern Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89119
(Light breakfast and lunch will be provided)
19.5 CE Credits Awarded for Attendance

Course Hotel:

There is a Corporate Discount of 15% available through IICRC at the Palms Hotel and Casino.  The discount rate link is below:

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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 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 FLS Exam

The FLS 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 a Formal Report

Upon passing the FLS exam, candidates must submit the FLS Formal Report within 60 days of completing the course. Once the FLS Formal Report is approved, candidates will then receive their FLS designation and be eligible to be pinned at the RIA Designation Pinning Ceremony at the RIA Convention.


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