Certification and Recognition

THE EXTRA MILE – Recognizing Dry Cleaners who have earned special recognition for their commitment to their profession and their communities

The parent organization of the Illinois Professional Drycleaners & Launderers, the Drycleaning & Laundry Institute (formerly International Fabricare Institute, IFI), has developed a number of certification programs that provide formal recognition for dry cleaners who have undertaken special courses of study and passed examinations giving them the rank of Certified Professional Drycleaner, Certified Environmental Drycleaner, and Certified Professional Wetcleaner. These programs enhance the image of the industry by enhancing the professional skills of members and acknowledge the accomplishment of those who go beyond compliance into the realm of achievement

Certified Professional Dry Cleaners
Cleaners who have earned CPD certification have demonstrated their knowledge of professional dry cleaning and the implementation of prescribed dry cleaning standards in their physical plant facilities and safe equipment operations.
Certified Environmental Dry Cleaners
CED certification attests to the cleaner's knowledge of environmentally appropriate ways of operating dry cleaning equipment, disposing of hazardous wastes, and complying with all industry-related EPA and OSHA regulations.
Certified Professional Wet Cleaners
Professional wet cleaning is a water-based technology that requires special care of fibers and fabrics, and special skills in processes. CPW certification shows that the cleaner has adopted this environmentally sound cleaning method that goes beyond laundry, and has developed proficiency in its application to a variety of fibers and fabrics.
Award of Excellence
The International Award of Excellence is a point-based system to recognize and reward quality in cleaning and customer service. Cleaners who apply and demonstrate that they meet the quality requirements and create new levels of expectation for treating customers as valued patrons win in multiple ways: they are honored with the Award certificate, they raise the image of the industry, and they encourage more people to dry clean more garments!

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