There are 30 different IICRC certifications in total. All these certifications range from restoration to cleaning. Which one is right for you? What do they all mean? Let’s get back to the basics.
The first certification a restorer needs is the WRT certification. That stands for Water Damage Restoration Technician. Here’s the description of that course straight form the IICRC: “The Water Damage Restoration Technician course is designed to teach restoration personnel that perform remediation work, to give them a better concept of water damage, it’s effects and techniques for drying of structures. This course will give residential and commercial maintenance personnel the background to understand the procedures necessary to deal with water losses, sewer backflows, and contamination such as mold. (3-day course; 19 hours, not including exam time, lunch and breaks.)”
That course is a great start for anyone just entering the restoration industry. But, one thing to note is that it’s mostly classroom training. A great next step is the ASD certification. That’s where you start getting a lot of great practical knowledge.
So what does ASD stand for? Applied Structural Drying Technician. This certification is going to be the next step in any restorer’s journey. Something to note, however, is that you have to have your WRT certification before taking an ASD course.
What is taught in an ASD course? Again, here’s what the IICRC says: “The IICRC-approved Applied Structural Drying (ASD) course is designed to teach the effective, efficient and timely drying of water-damaged structures and contents, using comprehensive classroom and hands-on training, in order to facilitate appropriate decision making within a restorative drying environment. (3-daycourse; 21 hours, not including exam time, lunch and breaks.)”
The ASD is where you really get into the nitty-gritty. While there is classroom instruction, it is combined with the practical skills taught in a mock home, or preferably, a real flood house. You get to use real equipment to put into practice what you’ve been learning.
Now that we know what these certifications mean, are you ready to start your path as a restorer? Do you have technicians working for you who need training and certification? Then we’ve got you covered.
We are an IICRC approved school, and we offer a variety of courses. The main course we offer is actually a combination of the WRT course and ASD course in 5 days.It’s a great opportunity to get 2 critical certifications, in less time than it would take to do both separately. Already have a WRT certification? We also offer a 3-day ASD course on its own.We hope to see you at one of those courses!