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IICRC® Commercial Drying Specialist (CDS) - $1,195.00

Instructor; Chuck Boutal

(Prerequisite: IICRC Certification in WRT)

The Commercial Drying Specialist (CDS) course is designed to build upon knowledge gained during the IICRC-WRT certification process.  This course is intended for professionals engaged in commercial containment and restoration.  It is designed to teach damage inspection and evaluation, work flow management, process administration and technical methods of drying in commercial environments.   Course instruction will address commercial, industrial, institutional and complex residential structures and contents along with furniture, fixtures and equipment (FFE).

The participant is also strongly advised to complete applicable training programs for the participant’s region such as OSHA-10 hour Health and Safety Technician (HST) or Canadian HST training prior to participating in the CDS course as the participant will be required to comply with all applicable local, state or provincial and national safety rules and regulations regarding commercial drying.

Course content will be taken from current ANSI/IICRC S500 Standard Reference Guide for Professional Water Damage Restoration, scientific, technical and industry resources and other reference media.  This course will enable the participant to obtain IICRC-CDS certification

The  CDS course is conducted over a 5 day period encompassing 32 hours of actual course instruction with additional time required for exam periods, lunch and meal breaks.

Topics covered include:

principles of drying
differences between residential and commercial structures project management, project and technical coordination
definitions of commercial, industrial, institutional and complex residential structures
hvac systems, components, mechanics
documentation and analysis
negotiation and communication
health and safety
re-assessment during the project
safety plan
hazard control and communication
engineering controls
project management
planning, staging and project set up
site considerations
calculations, energy, sizing, equipment
microbiological considerations
commercial construction practices
drying complex structures, systems and materials
advanced psychrometry & moisture mechanics in materials
drying complex structures, systems and materials
commercial mechanical systems and air management
equipment options
climate control
air flow and control
temporary power generation and distribution
case scenarios, including:

complex residential

There is a test fee of $65.00, payable directly to IICRC® on the final day of the course, prior to receiving your certificate.

Lunches and snacks are provided.

Be sure to read our Registration Terms & Conditions for more information on cancellation and refund policies.