Welcome to the WoolSafe Fiber Care Specialist On-line Training Course.
For more information about the International WoolSafe®program, articles and additional training go to the WoolSafe® Academy website @ www.woolsafeacademy.org.
The WoolSafe® program is actually threefold and includes chemical testing, technician training and company verification. Originally established in 1991 by the International Wool Secretariat (the Wool Bureau in North America ) - the WoolSafe® Organization launched an approval program for professional carpet cleaning products and technicians in October of 1998 in the UK. There are now more than 200 cleaning products that have been tested and approved for use on wool and other fine fabrics worldwide.
Many of these cleaning products are manufactured by suppliers you already use. You can view the list on the WoolSafe® site at www.woolsafeusa.org/suppliers. As you'll see, allot of them are "green" approved as well. All testing and approval of cleaning chemicals for use on wool is performed in the UK at WoolSafe®Headquarters in Otley.
Of course, there is more to cleaning wool carpet and rugs that just the chemicals used, this on-line course was developed and made available to learn more about cleaning and maintenance. Originally this course was taught in a face-to face format as they do in the UK and Australia , but obviously we here in North America have a challenge with distance, so we created the on-line course. The purpose of this course is to provide carpet cleaners with a convenient means for updating their knowledge on wool carpet cleaning and spotting, at the nominal cost of $199.95.
This on-line course is intended to supplement other training received such as the IICRC-approved Carpet Cleaning Technician (CCT), Upholstery Cleaning Technician (UFT), Rug Cleaning Technician (RCT) certification or other similar courses and is approved for 2 IICRC CECs in all categories.
To purchase the course, first you need to create a User Name and Password on the left side of this page. Be sure you remember your information so you can log in and out and finish the course at your own pace. Also, if you need IICRC CECs, this will be the area that you fill in your Technican number.
Once you have completed and saved this information, go back to the home page of this website. About half way down the page you will see a button that says "Buy Now." Complete the billing and purchase information. Once this process is complete, you will receive a purchase confirmation by e-mail. If you don't receive it within 24 hours, contact Ruth Travis @ 615-972-0250.
Always go back to the home page, log in and then click on the "My Courses" button. This will take you back to where you left off.
This on-line course is divided into 35 sections or modules. It is based on current information from numerous WoolSafe documents, the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification’s IICRC S300 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Upholstery Cleaning, the IICRC S100 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Carpet Cleaning and books written by Dr. Eric Brown and other well known industry authors.
Each module is followed by a self-evaluation in the form of multiple-choice questions, which are based on the information presented in the current module. Simply read the question and select the correct answer from the options provided. There is only one correct answer to each question.
Students should read the information presented in each Module carefully. Then, they should answer the multiple-choice questions at the end of each Module to test information retention. The question will be graded electronically for immediate feedback.
If the student selects the right answer, the program will indicate that the choice is correct. If the student chooses the wrong answer, the program will specify that the answer is wrong and recommend the student review the information again. At that point, the student will have to wait two hours to attempt to answer the question again; however, he or she can continue through the program.
Of course, the purpose for the wait is to prevent skipping over essential training information and simply answering questions. This defeats the purpose of the course. While a passing grade is 90% or higher, the objective is to achieve 100%, since there is no limit to the number of times an individual exam question can be attempted.
About the Authors of this Program
Paul Bakker – WoolSafe Chairman
Paul Bakker is Chairman of The WoolSafe Organization which was founded in 1991 and based in England. Other offices are located in Europe, North America and Australia.
Paul worked for 24 years for the International Wool Secretariat as a carpet technologist, specializing in carpet performance, coloration, hygiene and maintenance. He helped develope wool carpet printing, antistatic, soil resist and stain blocking technologies.
For 3 years he was Wools of New Zealand’s Manager Contract Carpet Development.Paul acted as a member and later chairman of the British Standards Institute committee that developed BS 4088, Carpet Cleaning Products.
He was chairman from 1989-2000 of the International Standards Organization technical committee that developed four international standards for carpet soiling and cleaning.Paul served as a consultant to ISO TC 129, Floorings, on carpet maintenance standard development from 2006 to 2010
Ruth Travis – WoolSafe North American Director
Ruth Travis holds a degree in Textiles from the University of Tennessee. She began her career in the industry by founding a diversified carpet and fabric cleaning business, Interior Care, in Chattanooga, Tennessee in 1988. She began selling rugs in 1995 with the founding of her rug sales outlet, the Rug Exchange. RL Seminars, Inc. was founded by Ruth in 1998.
Since 1988, Ruth has written dozens of articles for industry trade magazines. She has served as President of the Society of Cleaning and Restoration Technicians for five terms. She also served as President, Vice-President and Marketing Chair of the IICRC and was instrumental in creating or revising many of its current 22 certification categories. She currently is an IICRC-approved Master Textile Cleaner, Senior Carpet Inspector, IICRC-Approved Instructor for Color Repair Technician and Rug Cleaning Technician Certification Categories. She has participated in writing the S300 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Upholstery Cleaning for the industry in 2000, and in the revisions of IICRC S100 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Carpet Cleaning in 2002 and 2011.
After fulfilling her duties as IICRC President from 2006-2008, Ruth became the Director of WoolSafe in North America. She is also a rug care consultant for Chase Carpet Care in Denver, Colorado and Procare of Nashville, Tennessee.