ROCKVILLE, MD — The Board of Directors of the Restoration Industry Association (RIA) has voted to transfer ownership and administration of its Certified Rug Specialist certification program to the Association of Rug Care Specialists (ARCS), according to a press release.
The move is effective January 5, 2012, the release stated.
"Given the RIA''s focus on the restoration sector, our board unanimously agreed that it is in the best interests of the rug care industry to transition this program without cost from our organization to the Association of Rug Care Specialists," said Timothy Shaw, RIA''s executive director.
"We know the CRS will be in good hands with ARCS and we eagerly anticipate seeing the certification program grow under ARCS'' leadership," Shaw added.
According to the release, under the terms of the agreement, RIA will transfer to ARCS the rights to CRS trademarks, logos and pins, as well as the Industry Guide and Recommended Practice for Rug Cleaning Guide that is the basis for the certification program.
"We are grateful for the support of the RIA Board in making this transition a reality. Their decision is indicative of the cooperative spirit that exists between our two organizations," said Bill Foulds, president of ARCS.
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