A career in water damage restoration combines the skill set of effective property restoration along with the capability of responding to a property owner’s fears and concerns about how to move forward after catastrophic setbacks from fires or floods have caused extensive hardship. Restoration technicians essentially assess what can be saved in the aftermath of these kinds of scenarios. Since technicians are responsible for removing moisture, attending to and assessing structural features and removing materials such as damaged lumber, flooring and wallboard, in-depth training on water specific issues is required.
Water Damage Restoration Technician Training
In order to sufficiently and correctly clean and repair property, water damage restoration technicians will successfully complete training in safety programs, structural drying course material, and participate in a number of hours of hands on training. In order to be accepted into an accredited training program, a water damage restoration journeyman candidate will need to complete a minimum of 1 year of active experience in the industry before attempting certification. Since restoring water damaged property encompasses almost exclusive water damage duties, candidates will need to experience first hand the steps to take for standing water, standard use of fans or dehumidifiers and how to run basic industry equipment like a hygrometer, sanitizers and cleaning solutions.
The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, IICRC
IICRC, is a specific training program accreditation standard that once a technician completes, will demonstrate to consumers that they are part of the prestigious CleanTrust standard and that services provided by the technician are guaranteed to be best-practice techniques and the highest-quality approach to water damage restoration available. When a journeyman candidate participates in an IICRC certified technician training program, they will initially take on over 18 hours of education specific to water damaged structures alone. Following training that outlines procedures for stopping conditions such as back-flows, contamination and flooding, prospective technicians will next learn about cleaning, repairs and re-installation of flooring. After rigorous coverage of technique, will eventually come the “Master Water Restorer” certification however, professional water damage restoration technicians will need to work in a variety of settings, both commercial and residential for three years along with congruent, active, good-standing credentials in order to proceed with the final master-level subject matter when desired.
A certified, professional water damage restoration technician is backed by the academic portion of knowledge that validates the very skills that they experience every day in the field. Namely, experience in job-site inspection and performing drying techniques as outlined by IICRC. Technicians who provide emergency response and cleanup after damage enjoy a line of work that is rewarding and that provides endless employment opportunities. The technician career path itself is equally limitless, with prospective positions for water damage restoration technicians to develop into crew-chiefs, superintendents or self-contractors.