Water Extraction Requires A Special Skill Set And Knowledge
Water extraction from flooring and/or structures requires a special skill set and knowledge. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and its partner schools can help technicians acquire the technical and practical know-how necessary to perform the procedure through certification programs.
Prospective students can learn this valuable craft by enrolling in the Water Damage Restoration Technician (WRT) certification course. Over the course of the program, students become familiar with liquid damage and its effects, as well the methods commonly used to dry structures and flooring. The class covers water extraction as well as ways to combat complex issues like mold contamination. This three-day class must be attended in person.
The WRT course can be taken alone or in concert with an Applied Structural Drying Technician (ASD) certification class. The ASD class complements the WRT course with additional classroom and hands-on instruction in areas like drying techniques and extraction tools. Students enrolled in the dual-certification course WRT/ASD must pass both the WRT and the ASD exam at the end of the five-day seminar to become certified.
The WRT certification can subsequently be applied toward, and is a prerequisite for, advanced designations like Journeyman and Master Water Restorer.
Continuing education classes offered through IICRC-accredited schools offer the opportunity for additional, ongoing education in this specialty field. WRT graduates must earn a minimum of 2 continuing education credits every four years to retain their certified status. This ensures that IICRC certified technicians remain knowledgeable and up-to-date about industry trends, innovative methodologies and technological advancements.
IICRC certification gives technicians a competitive edge. By earning the right to display the CleanTrust™ logo, graduates establish themselves as trained professionals with superior knowledge and impeccable ethics.