Frequently Asked Questions
Here we hope to add answers to any questions we receive about the IFRC. Please contact us if you have a question not addressed here or elsewhere on our website.
The core intent behind creating the Institute For Renovation Contractors is to address the diminishing pool of skilled residential renovation talent. The organization’s goals are many, but ultimately IFRC seeks to expose people to renovation contracting opportunities as a substantial alternative to college. Also, to contribute to reducing the extreme shortage of skilled workers in the residential contracting field.
Yes, the IFRC is a recognized non-profit organization recognized by the US Internal Revenue Service since 2016.
The IFRC seeks help in virtually any area, from education to administration, leadership, and beyond. For 2023, the Board hopes to have the needed leadership to work with all the interested corporate, military, civil, and edu expressing interest in supporting our mission. If you know anything about contracting, safety, running a small business, and organizing a group of volunteers for excellence and teamwork, then we need you! We need all of those skills and many more. We need pencil pushers and hammer swingers!
Our top priority is establishing safety credentials in the residential renovation contractor industry. Roofing, siding, and window replacement can be dangerous professions unless well-known OSHA safety protocols have not been learned and followed. Safety is a win/win/win.
The second priority is to create an effective means for validating the skill level of those claiming experience in renovation contracting. This includes verifying the experience level, evaluating knowledge level in written exams, and verifying by testing hands-on skills level. Learn it. Prove it. Use it.
Third on the list of IFRC priorities is to help small business contractors build business skills to run profitable businesses and manage people successfully. Technology has become a real advantage to those contractors who know how to use it effectively. But effective cashflow management, credit, maintenance, buy vs. lease, insurance, etc., make for a healthy business, community member, and employer.
Lastly, we see significant value in supporting the restoration of relevant vocational and shop training in more schools nationwide. Power tools purpose and safety, construction math, building science, job site safety, and more would help expose kids to more rich career possibilities. There’s more to an education than a college degree and student loan debt.