PCRA/ICRA Certificate Program

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

Leaders Urge All Healthcare Construction Personnel to Possess an ANSI-accredited PCRA/ICRA Credential

The Joint Commission accredits over 20,000 healthcare facilities in the United States. Accreditation by the Joint Commission strengthens community confidence in the quality and safety of healthcare, treatment, and services. In the Joint Commission’s “Environment of Care News” publication for November and December, 2019, the authors call for all construction personnel participating in pre-construction, maintenance, and construction activities on healthcare facilities to demonstrate their competence by possessing a PCRA/ICRA, ANSI/ASTM-accredited credential.

Green Advantage is very pleased to offer the only PCRA/ICRA, ANSI/ASTM-accredited credential available in the US.

REGISTER HERE for the PCRA/ICRA certificate program that includes an asynchronous, online webinar training and the associated exam. This 12 hour training can be scheduled at your convenience and taken at your own pace, at work or at home, using a PC. For example, the 12 hours of training can be taken in one day, or staggered in smaller time periods over several weeks. The asynchronous training is offered by Stellar Performance, LLC and authorized by Green Advantage. A PCRA/ICRA training manual will be issued to all those who register. PCRA/ICRA exams are administered online through remote live proctoring after a registrant completes training.

Why Seek a PCRA/ICRA Certificate?

The worldwide pandemic of the coronavirus more than ever makes state-of-the-art health care construction paramount. 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. Both regulators and owners seek workers who have proven familiarity with current best practices that will ensure healthcare construction delivery that protects the health and safety of patients, staff, workers, and the general public.

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.

Both regulators and owners seek workers who have proven familiarity with current best practices that will ensure healthcare construction delivery that protects the health and safety of patients, staff, workers, and the general public. 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 PCRA/ICRA Certificate Handbook
Step 2: Create a login account and register for the training & exam
Step 3: Both regulators and owners seek workers who have proven familiarity with current best practices that will ensure healthcare construction delivery that protects the health and safety of patients, staff, workers, and the general public.
Step 4: Take the exam after completing the training

PCRA/ICRA Certificate Learning Objectives

•    understanding the need for Pre-Construction Risk Assessment – Infection Control Risk Assessment
•    knowledgeable about key concepts related to infection control during construction
•    recognition of the pathogen transmission factors related to construction processes
•    awareness of the unique construction challenges represented by the hospital environment
•    familiarity with the regulatory context for healthcare facility construction
•    application of PCRA to healthcare facility construction activity
•    cognizance of the details of the PCRA process
•    awareness of construction impacts on building systems
•    familiarity with PCRA procedures
•    familiarity with Interim Life Safety Measures
•    knowledgeable about 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:

•       Construction Workers

•       Apprentices

•       Journey Workers

•       Tradespersons

•       Property Restoration Personnel

•       Construction Supervisors

•       Environmental Services Management

•       Infectious Prevention/ Control Team Members

•       Maintenance Personnel

•       Safety Personnel

•       Facility Managers 

Course focuses on: Determining and complying with Pre-Construction Risk Assessment/Infection Control Risk Assessment protocols and best practices for healthcare facility construction and maintenance.
To attain a Certificate, you must:

Attend 12 hours of GA-authorized training and pass the exam after completing the training.

Training Delivery and Instructional Qualifications:

The Training Manual and asynchronous training were developed by two educational instructors, Maruja Torres-Antonini, PhD, and Matthew Sweirtz, MS, NCIDQ. The PCRA/ICRA Certificate Program is overseen by the Green Advantage National Healthcare Construction Credentialing Board.

The asynchronous training is divided into 16 modules. A section of the Training Manual will be read to you and illustrations will be reviewed as a part of each module. A few questions are at the end of each module. Once the questions are answered correctly, you will advance to the next module. The training can be taken at your own pace. For example, you can take the training in one day or one module a day for 16 days.

Exam administration/length/format: PCRA/ICRA exams are administered online through remote live proctoring after a registrant completes training.

 

There is 90-minute exam time limit with 40 multiple-choice questions.

Exam retakes; price and terms subject to change: Exam retakes cost $50. Upon request from any candidate who fails the exam, Green Advantage provides a listing of concepts to emphasize in the training manual review that are based upon the exam items scored incorrectly.
Fee for 12 hours of asynchronous online training, Training Manual & exam: prices subject to change

$450/person

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Time limit for completion of the training, the exam, and exam retakes: Once registration (includes payment or use of a voucher code) is made, you have six months from the date of payment to complete the training and take the exam, including exam retakes.
Term of Validity of Certificate: Certificates are valid for five years from the date that they are earned.

Policies

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

Register

REGISTER HERE to receive a PCRA/ICRA Training Manual, take the online webinar training and the exam.