Water Loss Specialist (WLS)

Water Loss Specialist (WLS)

Upcoming Course Dates

October 22-24,2019 -Mesa, Arizona

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RIA’s Water Loss Specialist (WLS) Advanced Certification Program is one of the four pillars of the enhanced Certified Restorer (CR) program

WLS incorporates a wide variety of vetted industry-related courses representing the four major Domains of Knowledge as part of its pre-requisite course requirements. Like all RIA advanced certification programs, the WLS includes a rigorous course of self-study, combined with live learning that culminates in an intensive week-long certification school where candidates learn from well-known industry leaders. At the conclusion of the week-long instruction, candidates will sit for the WLS exam.

The Water Loss Specialist (WLS) Advanced Certification Program is recognized by insurance companies, building owners and managers, as well as the public and governmental authorities as the premiere achievement of excellence.


Step 1: Meet the Pre-Qualifying Requirements Education & Work Experience

  • High school diploma or equivalent education; OR active RIA CMP or CR Certification
  • Five (5) years of verifiable work experience or three (3) of verifiable supervisory experience (Experience can include: restoration worker, project supervisor, estimator, consultant, inspector, restoration company manager, facility manager, restoration instructor)


Step 2: Complete the WLS Prerequisite Courses

To be eligible to take the WLS Prep Course and sit for the exam, you must complete one course in each of the following domains. A certificate of completion will be required as verification that each domain requirement has been satisfied.

Domain #1: Basic Skills in Water Damage Restoration (minimum of 12 contact hours)

a. RIA Certified Restorer (CR) Certification Prep Course

b. IICRC Water Restoration Technician Course (WRT)


Domain #2: Hands on Water Damage, Restoration & Drying Training (minimum of 18 contact hours)

a. IICRC Applied Structural Drying (ASD)

b. ADI Restorative Drying Training

c. ACAC CSDR / CSDS Certification

d. Restoration Sciences Academy (Dri-Eaz) 201 Restorative Drying Course

e. Reets Drying Academy Hands-on Water Damage Course


Domain #3: Microbial Remediation (minimum of 18 contact hours)

a. RIA CMP Certification Prep Course:

b. RIA MRS mold course

c. IICRC Applied Microbial Remediation Technician (AMRT)

d. IAQA mold training courses of at least 3-days in length.

e. American Council for Accredited Certification (ACAC) mold or higher level IEQ training courses of at least 3-days in length


Domain #4: Health & Safety Training (minimum of 12 contact hours)

a. IICRC Health and Safety Technician (HST) course

b. OSHA Haz-Com 10-hour Course

c. Other OSHA/Red Cross training equivalent (PPE, Respiratory Training, Confined Space, Lock-Out/TagOut, Bloodborne Pathogens, Fall Protection, etc.)


Domain #5: Building Science (minimum of 7 contact hours)

a. RIA Building Science Course


Domain #6: Project Management & Commercial Loss Training (minimum of 12 contact hours)

a. RIA Project and Risk Management course

b. IICRC Commercial Drying Specialist Course (CDS)

c. Equivalent industry project management course (ex. Violand Management’s Kent State University



Step 3: Take the WLS Prep Course and Exam

After you complete the Prep Course/Exam Registration, Click here to register for the next WLS course and exam. Be prepared to upload the following documents with your application:

1. Resume

2. Letter of Recommendation (from immediate Supervisor)

3. Certificate of completion for each domain of prerequisite courses

This is the final course for those pursuing their RIA advanced certification, the Water Loss Specialist, and incorporates lectures, specialized presentations from subject matter experts in their field, case studies and group study work.


Step 4: Complete the WLS Formal Report & Research Paper

Bring a draft of your Formal Report to the WLS Course and receive immediate guidance and advice. (Your WLS Report is acceptable to use here.) Finalize your Formal Report within 60 days of completing the course.  Click here for the WLS Formal Report and Research Paper Guidelines


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