Cleaning Industry Partners
The NCCA support and have associations with many organisations. The following list of organisations either support or are supported by the NCCA and co-operate with us to achieve mutual goals. It should be noted that not all of these organisations are non-profit.
IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification)
The IICRC was formed in 1972 to serve as an independent, non-profit certification body, to set and promote high standards and ethics and to advance communication and technical proficiency within the inspection, cleaning and restoration service industry. Based in the United States of America, the IICRC is represented across much of the western world.
The IICRC is a standards and certification body and not a trade association. It consequently has no members. It does however have “registrants”. Registrants are individuals who have taken and passed IICRC courses and exams.
There are currently seventeen certifications including:
- Applied Structural Drying Technician
- Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
- Carpet Cleaning Technician
- Commercial Carpet Maintenance Technician
- Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
- Water Damage Restoration Technician
- Odour Control Technician
- Carpet Colour Repair Technician
- Carpet Repair & Reinstallation Technician
- Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
- Floor Care Technician (Hard Surfaces)
- Health and Safety Technician
- Substrate Subfloor Introduction
- Marble and Stone Inspector
- Resilient Flooring Inspector
- Ceramic Tile Inspector
The IICRC are owned by regional, national and international trade associations including the (UK’s) National Carpet Cleaners Association. Each entity owns a block of 500 shares and has one vote on the Board of Directors. No one has controlling interest. Through its shareholding, the NCCA is able to influence international standards in the cleaning and restoration industry.
The NCCA is an approved IICRC school.
The British Cleaning Council
The British Cleaning Council is the voice of the whole UK cleaning industry. It was established in 1982 to coordinate the affairs of the industry and to be responsible at home and abroad on industry matters.
The council provides a forum for members to meet and work together to raise the profile of the industry and help it gain the credibility it deserves. It also promotes and encourages improvements in health, hygiene and general cleanliness standards.
The NCCA is one of 16 members of the BCC.
The WOOLSAFE Organisation is a world-wide organisation dedicated to the promotion of quality care for wool carpets and rugs through the testing and approval of carpet maintenance products and the training and accreditation of carpet cleaning companies. It is a resource for information about carpets and carpet care, based in the UK and with offices in North America, Europe and Australia.
The NCCA supports the aims and objectives of The Woolsafe Organisation. It frequently co-operates with the Woolsafe organisation in mutually beneficial programmes. NCCA members are encouraged to participate and join in the Woolsafe programme.
Woolsafe approved technicians are able to display this logo.
To become a Woolsafe certified technician, candidates must be fully trained in all carpet cleaning techniques and have been in business continuously for a period of at least 5 years.
They must attend a WOOLSAFE training course, pass the exit exam and meet other requirements relating to their business and professional associations.
Products laboratory tested by Woolsafe and approved as suitable for use on wool fibres display this logo on the packaging:
The Association of Master Upholsterers and Soft Furnishers
The AMUSF, founded in 1947, is a Trade Association for the soft furnishing and upholstery sector in the United Kingdom.
AMU and NCCA work together to address upholstery related maintenance issues.
Federation of Window Cleaners
Having been established for over half a century, the National Federation of Master Window and General Cleaners has decided through consultation with its membership and other industry representatives, that it is time to modify its image to reflect the changes within the industry. As a result it has changed its name and adopted a new logo.
The federation is an authoritative organisation specifically concerned with the window cleaning industry and its subsidiary services, and now includes general cleaners.
The British Institute of Cleaning Science
The Institute, which is headquartered in Northampton, is the largest independent, professional and educational body within the cleaning industry. Founded in 1961, its mission is ‘the raising of status and standards of the cleaning industry, through education’. The BICSc, as it is known, is not a Trade Association but an independent body with members in all areas of the cleaning industry, including Local Authorities, Contract Cleaners, Manufacturers, Suppliers, Trainers and by no means least, cleaning operatives themselves.
BICSc is a member of The British Cleaning Council as is the NCCA.
The Carpet Foundation
The Carpet Foundation represents the premier group of British based carpet manufacturers on a technical and promotional basis, who between them produce 60% of all carpets made in the UK amounting to £350 million sales and collectively with more than 1,000 years of carpet manufacturing experience.
These companies share the same product, design, and quality values and together they have developed the quality mark and a nationwide register of carpet retail specialists to give you assurance that you are purchasing a quality carpet.
National Institute of Carpet and Floorlayers
The N.I.C.F is an association of professional carpet and floor layers. They promote excellence in the field of carpet and floorlaying and offer their members and relevant industry organizations a range of benefits, products and services.