How many of you have completed the WRT course but not the ASD class? What is the biggest reason if you have yet to take it? ( cost- locations-dates-etc.)
Many seem to think WRT is all they need. Maybe it gives them a Certification that they can wave in the right faces.
My opinion. WRT is a good start. Take the principles you learn in this class and get on with the real education……. more advanced classes (ASD) and experience applying these principles in the field….. working in a company that knows and supports them.
I have a different take on the results derived from the IICRC water courses. This is what I tell students:
The WRT and ASD courses are positively elementary in my opinion and should not be viewed as advanced by any stretch of imagination. They are basic fundamentals of understanding for the start of a true restorative drying tradesman.
I would also say that the message some people believe the ASD class teaches is misunderstood. ASD is not an “in-place” drying class. We are supposed to be teaching the floating of carpet in addition to when in place drying is inappropriate. If we do the math – in-place drying is only a viable option on a VERY SMALL percentage of a restorer’s “real jobs.” My casual polls in the classroom show that in place drying is only an option on about 10% – 20% of the water damage jobs a restorer will encounter! (See the In-Place Drying Summary and Conclusion on page 315, 316 of the S500-2006) So, why all this focus on such an insignificant component of the restorer’s daily opportunities?!… I wonder if an increase in drying equipment sales had something to do with the history of this course…?!
Since there’s no requirement for certifications in most States much beyond a contractors license [some do not even require that], most insurance companies are clueless and/or seemingly careless with regards to your certifications. So many companies can get by just fine even without WRT, which sadly is not only a disservice to their client, but also to our industry as a whole.
You should never think that you know enough about anything you do, and since your already invested in WRT there’s no reason not to take ASD. There’s quite a bit more hands on learning in that course that can be put to immediate and beneficial use to yourself and your company.
But don’t rest on ASD alone. It’s just a one of several valuable stepping stones to becoming a competent restorer.
Having credentials earned through ongoing education, and being able to apply those skills in real time will always set you apart from the rest in a positive light.