The Restoration Industry Association (RIA) has approved the formation of an Australasian Council, giving its Australia and New Zealand counterparts a seat on the board of directors and “the opportunity to help influence the RIA on a global scale”.
It follows the launch of an Australian and NZ Steering Committee in October 2015, initially set up to support current and new local Australian and New Zealand members.
The Australia and NZ Steering Committee has worked to develop training opportunities, member benefits as well as local industry events, and has started to lift the profile and professionalism of the restoration industry in Australia and New Zealand.
New Zealand has been actively involved in this development and, according to the association, RIA will be furthering its NZ presence and support and is looking forward to seeing the growth of NZ RIA membership in the coming months.
RIA Australian Training Subcommittee, Christine Boak told INCLEAN Australia earlier this year that part of RIA’s overarching plan is to launch locally RIA run courses, conducted by Australian and international RIA qualified trainers, as well as to strengthen its online training system, adding New Zealand programs were also in the works, with training programs set to be held in conjunction with the NZ Carpet Cleaning Conference.
As an RIA member, businesses and restoration professionals are encouraged to expand knowledge through RIA training programs, network with other RIA members globally and to take advantage of the benefits our local Australasian Council have developed for restoration business owners.
RIA said it’s devoted to its slogan, “We make it better, we promise” and RIA’s role in the development of the restoration industry in Australia and NZ is now official with the formation of the new local council.
Globally, RIA represents more than 20,000 cleaning and restoration professionals from 1100 member firms specialising in textiles, environmental issues, and restoration.
This first appeared in INCLEAN NZ.