Water Restoration Technician


The Water Damage Restoration Technician (WRT) certification demonstrates knowledge to perform restoration work and an understanding of water damage, its effects, and techniques for drying structures. Upon achieving this certification, you demonstrate you have the background to understand the procedures necessary to deal with water losses, sewer backflows, and contamination such as mold. All materials taught in the IICRC Water Damage Restoration Course are in line with the IICRC S500 Water Damage Restoration Standards. The WRT course will give residential and commercial restoration personnel the foundational knowledge needed to understand the procedures necessary to deal with water losses, sewer back flows, and initial steps to dealing with contamination such as mold.

What the course content includes:

  • The basics – sources of water damage, categories and classes of water damage, and basic principles of water damage restoration
  • The tools and equipment of restoration – safety, inspection, extraction, air flow, dehumidification, temperature control and the use of heat in drying
  • Micro-organisms and dealing with dangerous and hazardous materials and unwanted substances – terminology, conditions for growth of mold and other unwanted substances, the safe, legal, and effective use of anti- microbials and disinfectants, basic guidance for dealing with mold, hazardous materials, and other unwanted substance
  • The science of drying and the decision-making process – Psychrometry – terminology, heat and vapor pressure, using the psychometric chart, and practical application
  • Understanding various materials and their drying characteristics – carpet and cushion, hard surface flooring, drywall, finishes, framing and structural materials, and contents – restoration versus replacement
  • Communication with the insured and insurance adjusters and agents – what exactly are the relationships and who are you responsible to, inspecting the loss, reporting progress from the job site, and legal and contractual obligations


There are no course prerequisites for this certification

Master Designation

This class is required to obtain Master Water Restorer Designation. For more information on Master Designation Status, visit https://iicrc.org/iicrcmaster/

Where can I use this certification?

  • To complete a water loss in a residential home
  • Explain to an insurance adjuster the proper procedures for and differences between a category 1, category 2 or category 3 water loss
  • Identify and change drying plans based upon the science of drying

What if I am already certified in this category?

This course qualifies for 14 IICRC CECs

What if I want to achieve IICRC Certification in this Category?

The IICRC On-Line certification exam available for an additional charge (fee must be paid to the IICRC prior to the class start date). The present fee for the IICRC Certification Test is $80 (subject to change based upon IICRC policy) and is payable at the time of the exam directly to the IICRC. You must receive a 75% or higher score to achieve certification status. Here is a link to an on-line video from the IICRC that explains how this will happen: https://youtu.be/9dT4DRsxYx4

What is the length of the class, the dates, and the times for the class?

The number of class days and the hours each day for the class are customized for each class. Please see specific class details for length, date, and time. The class is
comprised of four, six hour days of training. Starting time is 7:30 am Pacific time to 1:30 pm Pacific time, each of the four days.

What does the course fee cover?

Includes admission for one person. Student must provide own computer device with camera, microphone and high- speed internet connection. Online classes are non-refundable

What happens after I register for the class and what materials will I be provided with?

The week before the school, your instructor will communicate directly with you and provide you with all the downloads you need for the school plus specific directions on how and where to log-in for the school. Your course manual and all supporting documents will be provided to you in a PDF format. You may want to print them out on your own printer prior to the school if you need a printed copy. All the provided materials are yours to keep.

Cancellation Policy

Customers may receive a full 100% refund on registration fees (allow 2-3 weeks for refund processing to your credit card) if cancellation notice is received a MINIMUM of 14 days prior to the class. If cancellation is received within 14 days of the scheduled class, there will be no refund on registration fees due to the commitments we and the instructor have incurred. If HydraMaster, or the teaching instructor must cancel the class for unforeseen reasons, customers will receive a 100% refund of their registration feed.

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About Your CCT Instructor: Barry Costa

Barry Costa lives in Kingman, Arizona with his wife Carol. Barry holds a BS degree in education from Springfield College and was a public- school teacher for 10 years and received the “Excellence in Education” Award by the State of NH and Physical Education Teacher of the Year by the New Hampshire Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. Barry began his career in the carpet installation, cleaning, restoration industry in the mid 1960’s with his father’s business and continued as the owner of Carpet & Cleaning Craftsman, Inc. in Peterborough, NH until December 1999. Barry’s certifications within the cleaning and restoration industries include: IICRC certified Master Cleaner; Master Restorer; Senior Carpet Inspector. Barry was also an approved OSHA General Industry Outreach Trainer. An IICRC approved instructor in the areas of Carpet Repair and Reinstallation; Water Damage Restoration, Barry has instructed across the United States, Canada, the U.K., and Australia. The recipient of the “John Maucieri Excellence in Education,” “George Cervenka Volunteerism Award,” “2003 CleanFax Person of the Year”, “The Ralph Bloss Humanitarian Award”, as well as other honors bestowed in this industry including “Instructor of the Year”, twice voted by his peers in the IICRC.

Barry is a contributing author to the national water damage standard’s S500-94 and S500 2nd edition and the newly revised ANSI/IICRC S500 3rd edition as well as S100, S300, S520 and the newly approved ANSI/IICRC approved S520 2nd edition. Barry was also the vice chair of the new S600 Carpet Installation Standard. Barry has been a key speaker at many restorative symposiums, conventions, and special events, and has authored many articles in I.C.S. and CleanFax magazines.

He served and chaired many national committees within the cleaning and restoration industry including the Examinations and Standards Chairman for the IICRC, responsible bringing in its current grading and test analysis process (Scantron). Barry also chaired the Standards Committee for the IICRC and was responsible in leading the organization with a talented team to bring ANSI (American National Standards Institute) accreditation of the IICRC Standards Writing Process. This committee successfully brought two standards to this level of third-party accreditation (S500 and S520). Barry was a member of the Board of Directors of the IICRC and is currently the past Certification Council chair, past Education Committee Vice-Chair, and past Executive Committee member of the IICRC.to be the best cleaners in the World.

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