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The purpose of the WoolSafe® Fiber Care Specialist Training Course is to provide professional cleaners with a convenient means for advancing their knowledge of wool-rich carpet, rug and upholstery cleaning. The course is intended to supplement training received in the IICRC-approved Carpet Cleaning Technician (CCT) and Upholstery Cleaning Technician (UFT) certification courses. The course is approved for 14-IICRC CECs in the cleaning, restoration or inspection categories. ENROLL

What's Included

This course is divided into a number of sections or modules and includes subjects such as:

  • History of Wool
  • Characteristics of Wool
  • Wool Cleanability
  • Wool Fiber Structure
  • Limitations of Wool
  • Chemical Damage
  • Abrasive Damage
  • Pets and Wool
  • Specialty Spotting
  • Wool Cleaning Related Challenges and
  • WoolSafe® Approved Cleaning Products
  • WoolSafe® Program


Fiber-Care-Specialist-N.A150WoolSafe®Fiber Care Specialist approval is conditional upon passing the course exam with an 90% or higher. Once approved, the WoolSafe® Fiber Care Specialist’s company is then eligible to apply as a WoolSafe® Approved Service Provider. Their company contact information will be listed on the International Registry at www.woolsafe.org/usa and they have permission to use the WoolSafe® mark in all their company promotion.

Getting Started

The course is $199.95 and may be purchased on line. Following these simple steps to get started:

1. Register with Rug Lady Seminars. 

2. Enroll in the course 

3. Pay Make your payment with credit or debit card, or a pre-purchased voucher

4. Take the course and get certified. Sign in as a student and your courses will be listed. 

Group Purchases

If you are purchasing a course for someone else or for several students, you may now purchase vouchers. These are one-time coupons you provide to the student.

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WoolSafe Service Provider 

Let customers know that you are certified to clean wool carpets and rugs.

Register now and pay your annual fee, or click below to renew. You must be a certified WoolSafe Fiber Care Specialist in order to become a service provider.

The Book

woolsafeCover lp175Companion book to the WoolSafe Fiber Care Specialist Training Course. The only thing missing are the videos and quizzes.

 Print Edition  $79.95 + $5 shipping  

Digital Edition  $79.95  


About the Authors

PGHBakkerPaul Bakker – WoolSafe Chairman

Paul Bakker is Chairman of The WoolSafe Organization which was founded in 1991 and based in England. Other offices are located in Europe, North America and Australia

Paul worked for 24 years for the International Wool Secretariat as a carpet technologist, specializing in carpet performance, coloration, hygiene and maintenance. He helped develop wool carpet printing, antistatic, soil resist and stain blocking technologies.

For 3 years he was Wools of New Zealand’s Manager Contract Carpet Development.

Paul acted as a member and later chairman of the British Standards Institute committee that developed BS 4088, Carpet Cleaning Products. He was chairman from 1989-2000 of the International Standards Organization technical committee that developed four international standards for carpet soiling and cleaning.

Paul served as a consultant to ISO TC 129, Floorings, on carpet maintenance standard development from 2006 - 2010.

RuthTravis 2016Ruth Travis – WoolSafe North American Director

Ruth Travis holds a degree in Textiles from the University of Tennessee. She began her career in the industry by founding a diversified carpet and fabric cleaning business, Interior Care, in Chattanooga, Tennessee in 1988. She began selling rugs in 1995 with the founding of her rug sales outlet, the Rug Exchange. RL Seminars, Inc. was founded by Ruth in 1998.

Since 1988, Ruth has written dozens of articles for industry trade magazines. She has served as President of the Society of Cleaning and Restoration Technicians for five terms. She also served as President, Vice-President and Marketing Chair of the IICRC and was instrumental in creating or revising many of its current 22 certification categories. She currently is an IICRC-approved Master Textile Cleaner, Senior Carpet Inspector, instructor for Color Repair Technician and Rug Cleaning Technician Certification Categories.

In 2012 she became a Master Rug Cleaner.

She has participated in writing the S300 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Upholstery Cleaning for the industry in 2000, and in the revisions of IICRC S100 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Carpet Cleaning in 2002 and 20011.

After fulfilling her duties as IICRC President from 2006-2008, Ruth became the Director of WoolSafe in North America.  Since June 2011, she has been working as a fabric and rug care consultant for Chase Carpet and Rug Care in Denver, Colorado.