My name is Mark Baird. I am the founder of HirePatriots.com. I write about everything that helps US veterans, the organizations that support them, and US small businesses.
Free Certification Courses for US Veterans
Being military trained is an advantage. In many cases, it will get you an interview. But being the “best qualified” is what gets you the job. This is also true with business owners. The certifications they possess make them stand above their competition.
US Military Maintenance now provides 7 advanced certification courses for free to all US Military Maintenance Owners and their employees. These are all available online through our membership with the International Janitorial Cleaning Services Association.
In addition, we provide you with equipment, a customized website, marketing, advertising, branding, referrals; all cleaning business forms; help with bidding, contract negotiation, bill collection, insurance claims, bonding issues, and forming a for-profit corporation; background checks on your staff, personal training and mentoring, and support from and networking with other USMM owners.– In addition, you receive all these certification courses for free:
IJCSA Master Certification (IMC) - The most comprehensive in depth online cleaning and janitorial certification program available today. 250+ questions w/ 110written essay questions. Verbal oral exam. Average test certification time 4 hours. Average course study time 20 hours. All course materials available online.
Bloodborne Certification (BPC) Bloodborne Pathogens Certification OSHA I And OSHA II Approved. Are you at risk of exposure? Stay OSHA compliant. As someone who may come in contact with blood, you are required by OSHA to be trained in Bloodborne pathogens. OSHA fines for non-compliance can be as high as $70,000. Avoid fines and stay compliant with effective training that will help keep you safe and up to date. Average test certification time 1 hour. Average course study time 2 hours. All course materials available online.
Carpet Cleaning Certification (CCC) This IJCSA Carpet Cleaning Certification course covers basic to advanced carpet cleaning techniques and will enable you to be confident on every job no matter what the customer asks you or what carpet cleaning challenges are encountered. Training is focused on the green cleaning process along with standard carpet cleaning practices. Covered in this course is how to remove stubborn stains, how to prevent stains from returning, and the techniques to clean all carpet, upholstery & rugs. Average test certification time 2 hours. Average course study time 10-12 hours. All course materials available online
Mold Inspection & Remediation Services (MIRS)- Provides members the ability to identify and correct potential mold infestation in a residential home or commercial building. This IJCSA course will provide you with a fundamental knowledge about fungi and the potential health risks of toxic mold. 80 hours as required by law. All course materials available online.
Green Cleaning Company Certification (GCC)- Residential and commercial consumers are no longer satisfied with services saying they are green companies. In some commercial situations a certification is required for you to clean their building, so they stay current with their own certification process. Green cleaning is now the most popular choice for service providers based on health and environmental reasons. Average test certification time 2 hours. Average course study time 5-6 hours. All course materials available online.
Chemical Hazards Certification (CHC) Improve your understanding of the underlying health and environmental impacts of chemical hazards by reviewing the toxic effects of materials and the basic mechanism of MSDS. Average test certification time 2 hours. Average course study time 3 hours. All course materials available online.
Customer Service Certification (CSC) A company's reputation is only as good as the customer service it provides. Please a customer, and your client base will swell with relatives and neighbors who catch wind of your top-notch service. But upset one, and brace yourself for disaster. Average test certification time 1 hour. Average course study time 1 hour. All course materials available online.
US Military Maintenance is a business created for US veterans to own. It is not a franchise. It is total business ownership and management.
I founded US Military Maintenance just a year ago, after 35 years of building up and selling 6 janitorial businesses. Currently, I am assisting 23 US veterans at various stages of building their USMM businesses across America. Dozens of US veterans are employed by them. Our first USMM owner, Joe Padlo (USMC) in Jacksonville, FL to reach his one-year mark is making $250K. Our second veteran to reach his one-year mark is Richard Hedges (US Army), in rural Kentucky. He has multiple employees that maintain his accounts. Richard is able to manage his business from home. Both of these US veterans provide “inspection ready” quality work. They have developed great reputations that result in frequent referrals. Their business accounts, their income, and the number of other US veterans that they employ grows every month!
I have devoted my life to employing US veterans, finding them a good job, or getting them started successfully in business. If you are interested in starting a US Military Maintenance business, contact me:
At your service,
From President Bush: The Congressional Medal of Merit
From President Obama: President's National Leadership Medal
From San Diego: The Visionary Award for Creating Economic Development
From the Chamber of Commerce: The Extra Mile Award
From ABC TV: The Leadership Award