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RIA release 5.2

May 02, 2012
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RIA Introduces New Online Water Loss Training Course

Rockville, MD – The Restoration Industry Association (RIA) announces the creation of an entry-level online training course addressing broad knowledge for those interested in the practice of water damage restoration.

Developed by RIA, in cooperation with ILS Corp, a pioneer in online industry-specific education, the Basic Water Loss Training Course is an affordable, entry-level online education program that provides excellent training for new or entry-level water loss field technicians, administrative personnel, human resources employees, marketing staff, or restoration professionals who want to enter and learn more about the water loss niche market.

The course includes eight modules focusing on different aspects of water loss:

• Overview of Water Loss Restoration
• Science and Fundamentals of Drying
• Communications & Public Relations
• Safety
• Water Loss Equipment
• Water Metering & Monitoring
• Contents Restoration
• Drying Procedures for Materials

The self-paced training modules range from 30-45 minutes in length and include testing at the conclusion of each module. Upon completion of all eight modules, the user receives a Certification of Completion.

“This venture was the brainchild of RIA past president, Rusty Amarante, CR. His vision was for RIA to offer basic training in water loss so employers could efficiently and productively train new hires in the fundamentals of water loss restoration,” said Cynthia Hereth, director of training & certification. “It’s been an honor to work with the Development Team and ILS Corp. on this project, and we’re thrilled to offer this affordable training to the restoration industry.”

Special recognition goes to the several RIA members who provided their expertise as members of the Development Task Force to create and/or review RIA’s Basic Water Loss online training program: Scott Black, CR, WLS; Robert Carroll, CR, WLS; Darren Foote, CR, WLS; Andrew Goldberg, CR, WLS; Richard Goulet, CR, WLS; Darren Hudema, CR, WLS; Brian Johns, CR, WLS; Art Johnson, CR, WLS; and Ben Yanker, CR, WLS.

Purchase price for the course is $149 and more details are available at For more information on the Restoration Industry Association, visit

The Restoration Industry Association has member firms worldwide. RIA provides industry leadership, supports science, and promotes best practices for cleaning and restoration. More information is available on the RIA website:

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