• Duration: 5 days long
  • Time commitment: 8 hours per day
  • Subject: Water Restoration
  • Language: English

Certification You Will Earn

  • IICRC Commercial Drying Specialist. (CDS)


  • WRT.

    Special note to Participants: Commercial drying projects frequently has many more potential hazards and safety risks that are not generally encountered on residential projects. These hazards may include but not be limited to higher voltages, confined spaces, energized machinery, hazardous chemicals, heavy equipment and forklifts. The CDS course is not intended to be a health and safety course, nor will it cover all of the potential hazards that may be encountered on commercial projects. It is required of participants to comply with all applicable local, state/provincial and national safety rules and regulations. The participant is strongly advised to research and complete appropriate training programs (e.g. HST, OSHA 10-hour, Canadian HST) prior to participating in the CDS course.

Course description

Commercial Drying Specialist (CDS) is an advanced drying concepts and management course. The focus of this class is on commercial, industrial, and multi-unit residential buildings. The goal of this course is to teach students the composition of commercial structures, advanced inspection techniques, advanced psychrometric charting, and the project management details required to manage a large drying project. Concepts are derived from the theories and concepts expressed in the ANSI/IICRC S500-2015 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Water Damage Restoration. These events usually include a hands-on exploration of large desiccant equipment in conjunction with portable electrical generation.  Students receive a copy of the current edition of the Leadership in Restorative Drying CDS Cliff Notes student workbook. A discounted rate is available to all students of this course if they wish to purchase the industry’s first and only “triple” workbook approved for use in the IICRC WRT, ASD and CDS courses. This book is also recommended reading material for those that wish to attain their ACAC CSDR and CSDS certifications. (See www.acac.org ) (Suggested Retail: $249) A typical student is an improved or novice project manager. NOTE: While advanced psychrometry / enthalpy and large commercial equipment are heavily explored in this class, this course is not intended for restorative drying technicians. This course is designed for those who wish to improve their project management skills on commercial drying projects.


  • $12,500.00