Popular with individuals who like problem solving, working with their hands and making a real difference, the restoration and remediation industry offers a rewarding career path. There is high demand for skilled technicians across a wide range of projects — from flooded residential buildings to smoke-damaged structures. No two days, or jobs, are exactly the same, which keeps things interesting. But that also means that the work requires a high level of technical skill, scientific knowledge and strategic decision making.
For those new to the industry, these skills can be developed and improved through specialized training. Certifications are offered through classes accredited by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (commonly referred to as the “IICRC”). Certifications demonstrate a high level of expertise, commitment to the industry and help build trust with potential customers. Certification options include:
Water Damage Restoration Technician (WRT)
This class provides a strong foundation in understanding the causes and structural impact of water damage, proper drying techniques and profit-boosting practices for building a successful career.
Applied Structural Drying (ASD)
This class provides more advanced insight into proper water drying techniques. Students gain in-depth understanding of the science behind water damage and learn how to make strategic decisions in the restorative drying environment.
This class combines information taught in both the Water Damage Restoration Technician and Applied Structural Drying courses to provide both foundational and advanced information. Students cover a variety of topics, including water losses, sewer backflows, mold and contamination.
Fire and Smoke Restoration Technician (FSRT)
In this class, students learn effective techniques for restoring structures damaged by fire and smoke, in addition to powerful odor control techniques. Students also have the opportunity to learn about specific instruments and equipment used on the job site.
Carpet Cleaning Technician (CCT)
This class teaches students about pre-inspection, fabric identification, basic cleaning chemicals and equipment and proper cleaning techniques and procedures. The class typically covers both residential environments and commercial environments.
Floor Care Technician (FCT)
This is an introductory level class designed to teach students about how to care for a variety of hard surfaces. Typically, training will include an overview of the industry, health and safety topics, liability, floor covering materials, industrial equipment, chemicals and floor care principles.
Trauma & Crime Scene Technician (TCST)
This class provides an overview of how to stay safe and work efficiently. Students gain an overview of trauma and crime scene cleanup, health concerns and safe practices, biocide and antimicrobial technology, documentation, risk management, administrative procedures, inspection and proper equipment.
If you’re ready to build your skills — or even make the leap to start a new career path — IICRC training can help strengthen your expertise. Learn more about the IICRC and find an upcoming class. At Atex, we offer hands-on IICRC training at both our Houston and Austin, Texas locations. We welcome students from near and far, whether in Texas or beyond. Check out our schedule to see upcoming classes.