Disasters happen, unfortunately, and owners of homes and businesses often rely on damage restoration specialists to step in to repair and rebuild the destruction that is inevitably left behind. The quality of work performed can make a huge difference when it comes to your customers’ ability to successfully resume their lives, and hopefully, pass along a strong endorsement for your company. Therefore, it is crucial to be highly skilled and informed about the latest industry trends, equipment, processes and procedures so you can have an advantage over your competitors.
Networking and obtaining a myriad of important and useful industry knowledge through educational seminars and training certification classes makes being associated with an industry specific trade organization an attractive drawing card for business owners and professionals. Going this extra mile helps to ensure customers that you are providing the highest quality of service available in your area.
See below for a list of a few of the trade associations and organizations that you may want to consider joining to get your business name out there and increase your customer base.
Restoration Industry Association (RIA)
(USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand)
The Restoration Industry Association, founded in 1946, is the industry’s oldest and largest non-profit trade association. With approximately 1,000 member companies, RIA offers educational seminars, training and certification, networking and advocacy initiatives, as well as access to annual conferences and trade shows. Members are encouraged to volunteer for committee assignments to help advance the goals of the organization, which include joining management, event planning, education, and advocacy committees to help ensure that RIA is delivering the highest quality programs to its members.
There are three levels of membership: Ordinary Membership; Associate Membership; and Honorary Membership. Details about each level can be found at www.restorationindustry.org.au/membership-benefits/
National Organization of Restoration & Remediation Professionals (NORRP)
The National Organization of Restoration & Remediation Professionals (NORRP) is a non-profit organization that aims to provide industry professionals with specialized training for the most up to date remediation and restoration techniques, current equipment, and successful ways to do cost estimates for projects in order to ensure that the restoration industry continues to develop and flourish into the future. Members of NORRP work together to be a united voice to influence government laws, regulations, and licensing agreements that impact the entire industry as a whole.
There are many benefits to becoming a member of NORRP, such as discounts on equipment, rentals, supplies, training and classes, as well as access to invaluable information found on their exclusive website.
The six membership levels are as follows:
Support Partner Membership: $750/year
Individual Contractor Membership: $500/year
Corporation Membership: $1,000/year
Individual Technician Membership: $100/year
Company Membership: $750/year
Individual Consumer Membership: $50/year
Society of Cleaning & Restoration Technicians (SCRT)
(USA, Canada, England, Australia)
The mission of the Society of Cleaning & Restoration Technicians is to ensure the success of its members through the dissemination of information related to marketing, management and cleaning and restoration techniques so they can excel in the industry. SCRT also helps to connect people with cleaning and restoration companies to provide more of a community. While SCRT is an international trade organization, there are also regional chapters throughout the country.
Members receive discounts on trade shows, educational classes and seminars, as well as access to technical publications and newsletters.
There are four levels of membership to SCRT. Specific details regarding each level can be found on their website at https://www.scrt.org/join.
Regular NEW (Cleaners & Restorers): $325/year
Regular Renewal (Cleaners & Restorers): $275/year
Associate NEW (Vendors): $445/year
Associate Renewal (Vendors): $395/year