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Larry Cooper President of Textile Consultants Leaving the IICRC after 27 Years of Service
VANCOUVER, Wash. (June 16, 2011) - The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) announced today that Larry Cooper, president of Textile Consultants, will leave the IICRC after 27 years of service and contracting at the end of 2011. Cooper served as vice president of IICUC, the former name of the IICRC, in 1984 and president from 1985 to 1988. He served on the IICRC Board of Directors for 19 years and provided leadership during the major growth and development years of the organization. When Cooper took over as president there were 300 Certified Technicians and today there are more than 54,000. Cooper, serving as the first chairman of the Instructors and Schools Committee, helped write the first IICRC carpet inspector course and test; he also worked to develop curriculum and the platform for the format of the IICRC today. Coopers wife, Tryna, also served on the IICUC/IICRC board for 10 years as secretary from 1984 to 1994. Cooper recruited many of the association shareholder organizations to the IICRC and has worked closely with them over the years. He has represented the IICUC and IICRC worldwide giving more than 500 presentations representing the organization and the cleaning and restoration industry. Cooper served as chairman of the IICRC Standards Committee from 1990 until he was hired as a consultant for the organization in 2003 to oversee the writing of standards for the IICRC. He was responsible for implementing the accreditation of the IICRC with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Since 1990, Cooper has been directly in charge of the development, committee organization and approval process for the IICRC S100 Carpet Cleaning Standard and Reference Guide, the IICRC S300 Upholstery Cleaning Standard and Reference Guide, the IICRC S500 Water Damage Restoration Standard and Reference Guide, and the IICRC S520 Mold Remediation Standard and Reference Guide. Currently, the standards committee is working to complete an IICRC S600 Carpet Installation Standard and Reference Guide and the IICRC S800 Carpet Inspector Standard and Reference Guide. Cooper will continue to work through 2012 to complete the IICRC S600 Standard under an agreement with the IICRC. I have had an amazing opportunity to serve with some great people building an industry. I worked with nine presidents of IICRC including: Eric Rottmeister, Mike West, Bob Wittkamp, Mike Lynch, Dan Bernazzani, Dane Gregory, Lee Zimmerman, Ruth Travis, and Paul Pearce. I was also able to work with two great executive administrators, Kenway Mead and Tom Hill and their staffs, said Larry Cooper. Working with all of these great industry leaders and two amazing standard chairmen, Barry Costa and Jim Holland, has been an amazing journey that contributed to my lifetime goal of growing and uplifting the cleaning and restoration Industry.

Larry Cooper currently owns/partners in Textile Consultants, Meetings and Events, LLC (manages the Connections Conventions and Trade Shows), Restoration Journeys and Journeys for Conscious Living. Recently, Cooper started the Professional Cleaning and Restoration Network to provide operational, sales training and technical support in the commercial floor covering maintenance industry and the water damage restoration industry. He will spend his future time and efforts continuing to work in his current businesses and working to improve and uplift the world, one person at a time. Cooper stated that the greatest honor in my life has been getting the opportunity to work with my family and friends every day and seeing them grow to become leaders and huge contributors in their own personal endeavors.

New Mold Licensing Requirements in Florida

IICRC AMRT Certified Technicians need to register by March 1, 2011 VANCOUVER, Wash. (January 7, 2011) - The state of Florida has begun to implement new licensing requirements for those who conduct mold remediation services in the state. All professionals that wish to conduct this type of service in Florida will need to be licensed by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) moving forward. Current IICRC registrants with AMRT certification that do work in Florida are eligible to be grandfathered in with no additional certification needed if they submit an application for a license to the DBPR by March 1, 2011 and meet the additional requirements. The requirements for being grandfathered can be found by visiting the DBPR website. An application for a license can be downloaded here. The IICRC also recommends that registrants with an AMRT certification that may not live in Florida but may do work there currently or in the future apply for a license by March 1, 2011. Information for nonresidents can be found here. Presently, the IICRC is working with the DBPR to become an approved provider of certification exams, but is not currently approved under Initial Licensing in the new regulations; therefore, registrants will not be eligible to perform mold remediation services in Florida with only an AMRT certification if not licensed beginning March 1, 2011. We are working diligently to pursue approval from the DBPR to provide mold remediation certification that meets the states requirements and hope to come to a resolution as soon as possible, said Dan Bernazzani, IICRC government affairs liaison. We applaud the state of Florida for implementing legislation that protects consumers from unscrupulous professionals that seek to take advantage of property owners, particularly in a state that regularly deals with mold issues. We know that well be able to come to a conclusion that recognizes the IICRC, an internationally respected provider of mold remediation certification, as an approved provider in Florida. To meet the requirements set forth by the DBPR, IICRC is continuing to work towards its goal of securing accreditation as a certification body from the American National Standards Institute, the leading authoritative body of U.S. standards and conformity assessment systems. IICRC is currently an ANSI accredited standard setting body. We firmly believe that seeking ANSI accreditation for our certifications is in the best interest of our registrants and consumers, said IICRC Chairman Paul Pearce. Securing ANSI accreditation will not only meet the requirements of the Florida DBPR, but add an additional layer of rigor to the IICRCs current respected and credible certifications.

IICRC Education Task Force Forming

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