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Senior Carpet Inspector (SCI)

The ASCI course is designed not only for those wishing to perform carpet inspections, but also for serious carpet cleaning company owners or managers who want to better understand all aspects of carpet performance and to deflect liabilityfrom their companies

This course will be held exclusively in Dalton, Georgia, the carpet capital of the world.  That’s the only place that future inspectors can tour extrusion and spinning mills, tufting mills, dyeing and finishing mills and testing laboratories, all as part of the course tuition.

The ASCI course covers both residential and light commercial inspections, with multiple case studies of actual claims covered on a step-by-step basis.  The course includes:

  • Introduction: scope and purpose of the course; role of the inspector; role of the commissioner; IICRC
  • Module 1 – Fibers: natural, synthetic, blends; carpet distortion and fiber characteristics; fiber identification (burn, chemical testing); fiber life cycle; fiber-related inspection issues
  • Module 2 – Yarn Manufacture: continuous filament v. staple yarn; inspections related to yarn
  • Module 3 – Backings: purpose; types; miscellaneous considerations; inspections related to backings
  • Module 4 – Report Writing: IICRC policies; report form; report sequence; documentation; basic English and grammar!
  • Module 5 – Carpet Construction: weaving; types of weaves; tufting; other constructions; pile designs (styles); construction-related inspection issues; rugs
  • Module 6 – Carpet Dyeing: dye types; methods; dye problems; characteristics of color; commercial color matching; reasons for color change; color transfer or variation; dye migration factors; dye migration avoidance; natural color loss; chemical color loss; dye-related inspection issues
  • Module 7 – Finishing: stain resist treatment; drying; backing lamination; fluorochemical application; curing; shearing; inspecting; shipping; finishing-related inspection issues
  • Mill and Laboratory Tours
  • Module 8 – Carpet Cushion: purpose; types; cushion-related inspection issues
  • Module 9 – Warranties: types; organizations; warranty categories
  • Module 10 – Inspection Tools and Equipment: basic inspection kit; supplemental equipment; spotting kit; test cleaning equipment; carpet repair kit; color repair kit; testing chemicals
  • Module 11 – Photography: equipment; essential to photograph; background; lighting; flash; inserting photos in claims reports; photos evidence
  • Module 12 – Specifying Carpet: fiber; face weight; pile design; color; pattern; cushion; installation method; specification-related inspection issues
  • Module 13 – Carpet Installation: methods; subflooring; procedures; installation-related inspection issues
  • Module 14 – Carpet Soiling: psychology; definitions; classes; new carpet odor; soil-related inspection issues
  • Module 15 – Carpet Maintenance: exterior, entry maintenance; vacuuming; maintenance spotting; interim v. restorative cleaning; maintenance-related inspection issues
  • Module 16 – Cleaning Basics: chemistry; principles; methods, inspection issues
  • Module 17 – Spot and Stain Removal: identification; principles; equipment and chemicals; agents, digesters, color removers; inspection-related issues
  • Module 18 – Inspecting Challenges: Shading, Oily Tracking, Yellowing, Filter Soiling and Fume Fading, Streaking, Browning, Rippling, Delamination
  • Module 19 – Litigation: Expert witness testimony
  • Module 20 – Marketing Inspection Services

Students begin writing claims on day 1 to enhance writing skills.  Every day begins with inspection reviews to reinforce training objectives, and ends with homework.  Multiple samples are included.

Course materials for all students include:

  • Complete and comprehensive student manual with all the technical details
  • IICRC S100 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Carpet Cleaning
  • IICRC Inspection Reference Guide
  • CRI 104 Commercial Carpet Installation Standard
  • CRI 105 Residential Carpet Installation Standard
  • The Cleaning, Restoration, Inspection and Safety (CRIS) Glossary
  • A complete setof examples of commercial and residential carpet claims with photo documentation, divided into sections to include:
    • manufacturing-related claims
    • specification-related claims
    • installation-related claims
    • end-user-related claims
    • maintenance and cleaning related claims
  • A complete memory stick containing all the claims referenced on the above for individual inspector use to ensure accurate and professional claims reports on the first attempt

The ASCI course is taught by internationally acclaimed instructor, lecturer and author Jeff Bishop, IICRC MTCs and SCIs: Guest instructors include Lew Migliore, Benny Wood, Sim Crisler, Lee Phillips, Gary Asbury – all experts in their fields.

Course Exam prerequisites are IICRC CCT and RRT certifications.  Students must bring their own computer for report writing.

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