How to Become a Restoration Expert

A restoration expert is someone who excels in professional remediation services. From complicated jobs like asbestos remediation to something as simple as cleaning carpets, this person takes pride in a job well done. Remediation experts can also help in emergency situations such as flooding or fire damage.

The IICRC, or Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, is the premier certification to have in hand when applying for jobs in the restoration expert industry. Although most employers do not require postsecondary education, having a high school education is certainly needed and any postsecondary is a bonus.

The following are some courses the IICRC offers for those wanting to be restoration experts.


  1. Water Damage Restoration Technician
    This course is a prerequisite for many other courses, including applied microbial remediation technician and applied structural drying. It will teach you what exactly happens when water gets into a structure, and the best way to dry it without damage. It will also provide you with a background on water losses, sewer backflows and mold.
  2. Fire and Smoke Restoration Technician
    This course will not only teach you how to reduce the odor and effects of fire and smoke, it will provide you guidelines on how to price each job, depending on the amount of time and effort needed to fix the problem. Remember, the more courses and background you have the more valuable employee you are.
  3. Health and Safety Technician
    This course is ideal for anyone entering the restoration or mold remediation industry. It will help you be safe while working with sewage and mold. Some of the topics in the course are confined spaces, hazardous materials, blood-borne pathogens, inspections, citations and penalties.

Some schools provide combined certifications, such as WRT and ASD, which are Water Damage Restoration and Applied Structural Drying.

All of the above courses are very short – the Center for Disaster Recovery, based in Ontario, has the combined WRT and ASD certifications listed at taking only five days to complete. There are schools throughout Canada that offer IICRC-approved courses; go to the IICRC website for more information.

Once you have completed the IICRC certification in whatever industry of remediation you are interested in, you can start applying for jobs. Some employers require you to own your own vehicle, or may have their own types of certifications and on-the-job training to complete. Always apply to more than one employer!

The IICRC also requires you to keep your education up to date; most schools will offer updating seminars, or you can ask your employer.

A restoration expert is a very rewarding career, especially when dealing with emergency situations. You will be able to restore a house with fire or flood damage to its normal livable conditions, and make a decent wage in the meantime.

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