Professional Kitchen Exhaust Cleaning Certification

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Certification. How does a company get it? Who monitors it? Is it worth it?

Unfortunately the word “certification” is being misrepresented in the commercial kitchen exhaust cleaning industry. One would think, if a company was claiming to be “Certified” then it would have employees knowledgeable and trained in what they are doing. This is not always the case.

I have personally seen companies claiming to be “Certified” by some associations they belong to, but those associations do not actually certify any companies. I have seen other companies use stickers that you can easily purchase on line, but there is nothing behind them.

Do your research. Always ask the company claiming to be certified, who they are certified with. Then contact that company to ensure they are a certifying body and that that company is actually certified by them. Also ask what they have to do to maintain their certification. In some cases they just pay a fee and get the stickers. Legitimate certifications must have an obligation on the certified company to maintain their certification by acquiring continuing education credits (CEC’s). The CEC’s will validate the company is staying current with cleaning techniques and NFPA 96 Standards.

Pressure Kleen was the first Canadian company, over 23 years ago, to be certified by the International Kitchen Exhaust Cleaning Association (IKECA); the first company to have on staff a Certified Exhaust Cleaning Specialist (CECS) and a Certified Exhaust System Inspector (CESI). That means almost 25 years of continuing education credits to ensure we are serving our customers with the highest professionalism and cleaning restaurant kitchens to the highest standard.

Yes, it has been worth it.

8 Comments


Sean boechhler

I have been cleaning hoods for over 18 years for a saskatchwen company. Not knowing this was needed. Now i have started a buisness myself would like to look into this training. I need to know where i can take this certification in saskatchewan.

    Anita

    Give us a call if you need help with that process. Bill Doherty, our President will be happy to help guide you.

    Bill Doherty

    We highly recommend getting certified with the International Kitchen Exhaust Cleaning Association (IKECA). They are recognized as the leaders in the industry for their dedication to the professional development of kitchen exhaust cleaning companies. As the past president of the Canadian chapter and a member for over 25 years, I encourage companies that wish to be the best in their field to join IKECA. Learn more at http://www.ikeca.org/

    Anita

    Thank you for visiting our website, Uriel. I understand you are interested in becoming a certified kitchen exhaust cleaning professional. After extensive on-the-job training, our technicians are certified through the International Kitchen Exhaust Cleaning Association (IKECA). If you already have the training and feel you are ready, you may want to visit http://www.ikeca.com to learn more about their association and becoming a member. If you do not yet have the experience, then please give our HR department a call. We are always looking for aspiring technicians to join our team.

Raja uzair ikram

Hey I’m interested in getting IKECA certified, please send me details with price and where to go in calgary thanks

    Anita

    Hi Raja,

    We have had interest across Canada about how to become a certified Kitchen Exhaust Cleaner. IKECA, the International Kitchen Exhaust Cleaning Association can provide the necessary tests by mail for employees of members. Several levels of certification can be achieved including Professional Exhaust Cleaning Technician (PECT), Certified Exhaust Cleaning Specialist (CECS) and Certified Exhaust System Inspector (CESI). DeAnn Cox, Associate Direct, Membership & Certification can be contacted by phone: (215) 564-3484 x2225 or email dcox@fernley.com

    Every IKECA member is committed to providing a complete cleaning of the entire system– from the hood in the kitchen to the fan on the roof. They follow the most complete cleaning and inspection standards in the industry found in NFPA-96, the International Mechanical Code and International Fire Code.

    Many companies simply provide a quick and easy “hood cleaning” service which does not include the duct work or rooftop fan. This may keep the interior of the kitchen looking sharp, but it does little to secure fire safety and reduce health threats. They don’t clean the entire system and aren’t committed to the same high standards as IKECA members. With 55% of all restaurant fires starting in the kitchen, it is more important than ever to make sure the exhaust is cleaned by properly trained, qualified and certified professionals that are committed to clean to the highest standards in the industry.

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