RIA Certified Restorer-Indoor Environment Hazard Control


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A Certified RestorerSM is an individual qualified by training and experience who investigates and assesses damage to property after fire, smoke, water or similar perils. The person is trained in all aspects of restoration as it relates to the renovation or repair of commercial, residential or historic buildings and personal property after fire, water, and crime scene damage, among other catastrophes.

The Certified Restorer has a broad knowledge of all aspects of damage repair as it relates to the overall health of the indoor environment, structural integrity, and safety of occupants. The individual must demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the building envelope, contents (including rugs, carpets and furniture), as well as related issues concerning water damage, smoke, soot, indoor air quality, as well as heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems. 

The Certified Restorer must have demonstrated at least three years of field experience and documented three different restoration projects he or she was personally involved in during the previous two years. The individual must have completed a minimum of 120 hours of pre-requisite course training which addresses both buildings and personal property and is based on the structure and nature of materials as well as the effects of various perils. He or she must also pass a certification exam with a score of 80% or better, and then author a formal report on issues affecting the restoration industry in publishable form.  The person must also adhere to a Code of Ethics. 

The Certified Restorer Credential is run by the Restoration Industry Association (RIA). RIA launched the program in 1980 and made major improvements in 2007. These improvements allow other organizations to deliver the prerequisite course training under RIA’s oversight. Typically, NCHH is concerned about programs that require testing that is closely tied to a specific training program. However, the RIA’s change in 2007 provides enough separation. In addition, RIA plans to further separate the training and the certification to avoid conflict. On balance, the program has sufficient strength and credibility to offset these concerns. 

RIA also manages the Water Loss Specialist.  It is designed for Certified Restorers who specialize in water loss.

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Credential programs related to healthy homes but not assessment or hazard control.

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