PCRA/ICRA Certificate Program

Pre-Construction Risk Assessment – Infection Control Risk Assessment (PCRA/ICRA) Certificate Program

Kurt Jahrsdoerfer, Director of Engineering, Northwell Health – Lenox Hill Hospital

“I have recently had the opportunity to participate in the PCRA certificate program presented by Green Advantage. This program is an excellent initiative for improving construction within Healthcare facilities as well as any construction site. It is very important to raise the awareness to the construction industry of impacts within the site and its surrounding work areas. This program introduces you to infectious control and how the health of patients and staff can be at risk, the impacts of noise, coordination for utility shut downs and overall safety awareness to say the least. In my opinion, it is important for anyone working within healthcare to educate themselves to this information and this is a positive step in the right direction. In the future, I would like to see all contractors working within Healthcare meeting this PCRA certificate requirement.”

Why Seek a PCRA/ICRA Certificate?

Working toward the high quality represented by this certificate is important for your health and safety, your career, your company, and your customers. Demand for healthcare facility construction continues to rise. Hospitals and other healthcare facility owners want to comply with federal, state, and local requirements related to construction. In short, owners seek construction personnel who can deliver construction processes that protect the health and safety of patients, staff, and workers.

For licensing purposes, healthcare facilities are required to have a PCRA/ICRA process established. The PCRA/ICRA is used for any healthcare facility demolition, construction, or renovation. It is a formal protocol used to identify potential healthcare construction risks and create mitigation strategies to reduce or eliminate them. The PCRA/ICRA Certificate Program is designed to assist in meeting the intent and compliance requirements of the Joint Commission standard.

Green Advantage and Green Path Technical Institute, a training organization, have partnered to help meet this demand by providing PCRA/ICRA credentialed personnel in the construction industry. PCRA/ICRA Certificate holders have successfully demonstrated their foundational knowledge in PCRA/ICRA related construction principles and best practices.

Green Advantage is accredited to issue the PCRA/ICRA Certificate to those successfully completing the PCRA/ICRA Certificate Program by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) under ANSI/ASTM E2659-09. ANSI is the official U.S. representative to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). ANSI accreditation is nationally and internationally recognized as a mark of quality. It assures companies, customers and the general public that a certificate holder has completed the prescribed course of study in a manner that represents the best in quality education and training.

Earn a PCRA/ICRA Certificate

Earning a useful and respected Certificate is easy by taking 4 simple steps!
Step 1: Read the Certificate Program Handbook
Step 2: Create a login account and register for the training & exam
Step 3: Show up for your training and study the Training Manual
Step 4: Take the exam at the conclusion of training

PCRA/ICRA Certificate Learning Objectives

•    understanding the need for Pre-Construction Risk Assessment -Infection Control Risk Assessment
•    key concepts related to infection control during construction
•    pathogen transmission factors related to construction processes
•    unique construction challenges represented by the hospital environment
•    regulatory context for healthcare facility construction
•    application of PCRA to healthcare facility construction activity
•    details of the PCRA process
•    construction impacts on building systems
•    PCRA procedures
•    Interim Life Safety Measures
•    approaches and best practices to ensure health & safety during healthcare facility construction

Certificate Program

Certificate Program is for: Workers across trades who perform construction/deconstruction activity in healthcare facilities:

.   Entry level Construction Worker
.   Apprentice
.   Tradesperson
.   Journey Worker
.   Engineering Department
.   Environmental Services Management
.   Infectious Prevention/ Control Team
.   Safety Personnel
.   Facilities Project Manager
.   Construction Supervisor

Course focuses on: Determining and complying with Pre-Construction Risk Assessment and including Infection Control Risk Assessment for healthcare facilities

·  PCRA related construction principles
·  Best Practices to protect health & safety of patients, staff and workers during healthcare facility construction

To attain a Certificate, you must: Attend at least 12 hours of the 16 hour training and pass the exam at the conclusion of training
Exam length/format: 50 minute test time/25 multiple-choice questions
Fee for 16 hrs. training, Training Manual & exam: $650/person through February 29, 2020, $700/person beginning March 1, 2020
Term of Validity of Certificate: Certificate remains valid through June 20, 2022


Review our policies in the PCRA/ICRA Certificate Handbook. If you still have questions, please feel free to contact us at info@greenadvantage.org.


Click here to start the PCRA/ICRA Certificate Program registration.

Marketing Director Greg Conte receives his PCRA Certificate from SMART New Jersey Local 25 President Joe Demark. Greg was one of twelve successful candidates from Sheet Metal LU 25 to earn the this newly launched Green Advantage credential.