ICRI had its origins at a World of Concrete seminar in February 1988, during which attendees voiced their frustration about the lack of standards and guidelines for concrete repair. They also expressed their concern over the proliferation of unqualified contractors entering the industry. These contractors were not properly trained in concrete repair and were underbidding them without proper knowledge of surface preparation, equipment, materials, techniques, etc.
In response to these concerns, the International Association of Concrete Repair Specialists was formed, with a formal organizational meeting in Naperville, Illinois, on May 21, 1988, which was attended by 66 repair specialists. In 1993 the name was changed to the International Concrete Repair Institute.
The organizing members agreed on a statement of purpose, which is:
To improve the quality of concrete restoration, repair and protection, through education of, and communication among, the members and those who use their services.
The philosophy of the group is that if the quality of work is improved, and purchasers of repair services feel that they are obtaining a durable product, the demand for their products and services will increase and the image of the concrete repair industry will be elevated.
The founders also insisted that all classes and categories of membership be treated equally. Initially it was to have been a contractors organization, but the immediate interest of engineers, manufacturers, and others in its formation and success made it obvious that it should be open to all. Every attempt is made to ensure equitable representation, and the ICRI Board of Directors and all committees are made up of members from all disciplines and all geographical areas.