WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician
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)
With weather patterns becoming increasingly erratic, the water damage restoration industry is inundated with work and opportunity. According to the National Climatic Data Center, in 2013, in the United States of America, there were seven natural disasters where overall damages exceeded $1 billion . In early 2013, severe weather tore through Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, and Tennessee. Ten tornadoes were confirmed and most of the damage sustained was from wind, hail, and rain. There was flooding in Colorado where several cities and towns were ravaged due to record rainfall. In short, all across this country, at any given time, there is a great deal of restoration work to be done.
Gross profit margins for the restoration industry in 2013 sat right at 42%, according to the Clean Fax Restoration Benchmarking Survey Report 2014. The survey showed over 86% of restoration businesses having estimated annual revenues no less than $100,000, and at least 26% raking in over $1,000,000 per year. Of all the restoration businesses surveyed, 92% were certified by an industry association like the IICRC or an institute such as the Carpet and Rug Institute, or both. 76.8% of all companies surveyed required their technicians to complete the IICRC WRT course, and 50% of them required the ASD course. These classes are clearly the foundation of knowledge upon which quality businesses are built.