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Our cleaning and restoration instructors are all IICRC certified professionals and have had long and respected careers in the industry. Each instructor holds training certifications in the cleaning and restoration of fire and flood-damaged buildings.

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Chris Curto, MSR, WSR

Chris Curto, MSR, WSR

INSTRUCTOR/SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR

Chris has over 30 years’ experience in the restoration industry, both as an owner and in the field, performing restoration and cleaning services before there were any IICRC standards. He grew up in the family cleaning and restoration business as a third-generation cleaner and second-generation restorer. Chris is triple Master Certified by the IICRC and is an approved IICRC instructor for Water Restoration Technician and Applied Structural Drying classes. He is involved in the industry working on IICRC committees developing new classes and continues to be active in the field working, testing and consulting for water damage, mold, odor, cleaning, and indoor air quality.

Chris’ experience in both water damage restoration and mold remediation, along with construction, gives him a full-spectrum, balanced approach. He has a unique perspective having performed restoration services pre-IICRC and can share the value of understanding and following the standards. As a restoration business owner, he can offer guidance when the job seems to run contrary to the IICRC standards. Being passionate about education, he offers a fully comprehensive hands-on class with real-world experience in a relaxed environment. He has trained technicians, adjusters, project managers, owners, indoor environmental specialists, lawyers, sales, estimators and administrators, guaranteeing that even the seasoned veteran will learn a little something in class.

David Oakes, CSCI, MCT, MRT, RCMH

David Oakes, CSCI, MCT, MRT, RCMH

INSTRUCTOR
David has worked in the field of cleaning and restoration since 1973. He owned and operated a full-service cleaning and restoration firm for 42 years, which provided fire and water damage restoration services. David has worked on both commercial and residential restorative drying jobs in all capacities. He also does consulting for both insurance companies and restoration contractors. David is admitted as an expert witness in State and Federal Court.

David is an IICRC Certified Senior Carpet Inspector, Master Cleaning Technician, Master Restoration Technician and is a Certified Restorer and Certified Mechanical Hygienist by the RIA. As an IICRC-approved instructor, he teaches the RSA Restorative Drying (WRT), Applied Structural Drying (ASD), Carpet Cleaning Technician (CCT), Odor Control Technician (OCT), Fire and Smoke Restoration Technician (FSRT) and Trauma and Crime Scene Technician (TCST) courses. David was the Vice Chairman of the ANSI/S540 Trauma and Crime Scene Cleanup Standard and Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) Chairman for development of the TCST certification program.

Kevin Fisher, MWR, MFSR, WLS

Kevin Fisher, MWR, MFSR, WLS

INSTRUCTOR
Kevin is an approved IICRC instructor in the categories of Applied Structural Drying (ASD) and Water Damage Restoration (WRT), and is the co-author of The New Guide to Restorative Drying as well as many other industry publications. He has been actively involved in educating restoration professionals since 1999. Kevin is a certified Master Water Restorer, Master Fire and Smoke Restorer and a Water Loss Specialist. He holds a Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Tennessee Technological University, and spent nine years teaching science at the secondary and college level before joining the restoration industry.

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