About Us

Who We Are

At Learn To Restore, we help build better businesses. 

Our instructors and consultants are experts in the property restoration industry. Our years of experience building businesses and helping others build theirs gives us a unique perspective to help take your business to the next level. Learn more about us below!

Teaching a Water Damage Class

Our Team

Darren Foote

Darren Foote

President, Instructor & Consultant

Josh Foote

Josh Foote

Operations Manager

vJessika James-Goern

Jessika James-Goern

Instructor & Consultant

Anthony Ramos Spanish WRT Instructor

Anthony Ramos


About Us & Our Memberships

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Darren Foote was born and raised in Reno, Nevada, where he currently resides with his wife of 32 years. They have 5 children and 2 grandchildren.

He owned and operated a property maintenance company while still in High School. In 1988 he became the co-founder of a construction company specializing in insurance-related repairs (wind/water/fire/smoke) with offices in Reno and Las Vegas. Responsible for the company’s 24-hour emergency water and smoke damage cleanup services, Darren received his IICRC WRT certification in 1994. This opened his eyes to the exciting potentials of water damage remediation using the proper equipment and science, which, coupled with his experience in the construction industry, gave him a passion for structural drying which has never left him.

In 2007, after over 20 years as owner/operator of Foote Brothers Construction and Water Extraction Technologies (W.E.T.)  a Restoration/Construction company with offices in Nevada and Utah, W.E.T. was acquired by BELFOR Property Restoration, the largest restoration company in the world. Darren retained ownership of Remediation Training & Consulting, which was founded in 2006.

Darren became the General Manager for Remediation in Reno and Salt Lake City for BELFOR, and later become the Director of Training and later the Head of Technical Training for BELFOR USA and 1-800WATERDAMAGE, providing and overseeing staff training, quality assurance implementation, and technical support for existing and acquired offices and new franchisees. Darren also provided project management & quality control on CAT Losses. He also co-developed and implemented the Classification and Competency Program for BELFOR personnel and the on-line training system.

Darren owns and operates Remediation Training Institute, an IICRC approved school and provides industry training and consulting throughout the United States and Canada for technicians, Insurance Agents, Adjusters, Facility Managers, Risk Managers, Real Estate Agents, and other industry professionals.

Darren has personally completed thousands of successful water damage jobs with clients ranging from individual homeowners, to large homebuilders, hospitals, hotels, school districts and government buildings. His knowledge and passion are evident in his presentations. Darren has presented many classes, workshops, and seminars, live and online. He has also been retained in numerous cases as an expert witness or to provide job/estimate analysis and review.

Industry Service

IICRC WRT Technical Advisory Committee Vice-Chair

RIA Education Sub-Committee Chairman

Listed Contributor ANSI/IICRC S500 2015 4th Edition

Consensus Body Member ANSI/IICRC S500 5th Edition

IICRC Remediation/Restoration Standards Vice-Chair


RIA Certified Restorer (CR) #526

RIA Water Loss Specialist (WLS) #107

ACAC Council-certified Microbial Remediation Supervisor (CMRS)  #702117

ACAC Council-certified Structural Drying Supervisor (CSDS)  #1201024

ASHE Healthcare Construction Certificate (HCC)

IICRC Approved Instructor WRT & ASD

IICRC Certified Master Water Restorer (MWR)

IICRC Certified Master Fire/Smoke Restorer (MSR)

IICRC Certified Water Damage Restoration (WRT)

IICRC Certified Fire & Smoke Restoration (FSRT)

IICRC Certified Applied Microbial Remediation (AMRT)

IICRC Certified Applied Structural Drying (ASD)

IICRC Certified Health & Safety (HST) (10 hour OSHA)

IICRC Odor Control (OCT)

IICRC Carpet Repair and Reinstallation (RRT)

IICRC Carpet Cleaning (CCT)

IICRC Certified Upholstery and Fabric Cleaning (UFT)

IICRC Certified Journeyman Textile Cleaner (JTC)

IICRC Trauma & Crime Scene (TCST)

CTS Successful Subrogation I & II (and approved Instructor)

EPA Certified Renovator (RRP) #R-I-18599-10-00290 (intentionally lapsed)

OSHA 30 Hour Trained #600463310

EPA AHERA Accredited Asbestos Inspector #25473IR (intentionally lapsed)

Accepted/Designated Expert Witness

Major Projects/CAT Response​

Reno/Sparks Nevada Flooding 1997

Reno/Sparks Nevada Flooding 2005

Roseville Mall Fire/Water Damage 2010

Nashville Floods 2010

Superstorm Sandy 2012

Boston Blizzard 2015

Hurricane Matthew 2016

Hurricane Harvey 2017

California Wildfires 2017

Josh Foote works in consulting and is our operations admin. He has several IICRC certifications, has owned his own water damage restoration franchise and worked with many large companies in the property restoration industry. 

Jessika M. James has been in the cleaning and restoration industry for over 32 years, opening her first cleaning, restoration, and bio-remediation company along with her brother in 1984 in the Northern California bay area.

Jessika has managed the education programs for national and global industry leaders such as Prochem, Kaiser Permanente, Marriott, and was the Senior Training Specialist for Kärcher, North America focusing on building cleaning and maintenance, indoor air quality assessments, infection prevention/control and microbial decontamination. Presently, she is the CEO of Inspection Specialists, a firm that is dedicated to serving the cleaning, restoration, indoor environmental, infection control, and insurance industries through training and certified structural and environmental inspections.

Among her many accomplishments in the industry, Jessika has earned the status of IICRC Approved Instructor and teaches many cleaning, restoration, and bio-remediation certification classes. She is an IICRC Master Textile Cleaner, Master Water Restorer and Master Fire & Smoke Restorer, ACAC Certified Indoor Environmentalist, Mold Remediator and Certified Mold Professional.  In 2016-2018 Jessika was honored to be acknowledged by Restoration and Remediation Magazine’s Recognizing Women in Restoration—The Best of the Best, as well as voted IICRC Favorite Instructor.

Jessika is very active in the industry and is presently serving on the Board of Directors of the IICRC, as well as leading the UFT, CPT, and Basis Skills (BS) committees, and volunteers her time speaking at industry events such as The Experience, ISSA, CFI, NACA and other trade association and insurance related education events. She is a contract trainer for LearnToRestore.com.

Anthony Ramos grew up in the restoration industry with his father teaching him about air movers and dehumidifiers when he was a child. Since then, his love for the industry, and helping others, has become his passion.

His family has owned several restoration businesses for nearly two decades in the Southern California area. Anthony has worked his way from a technician to becoming the General Manager and Owner of his family’s restoration company. In this process, he has worked in every position in the restoration company and has learned from hands-on experience and technical training.

Receiving his first IICRC WRT certification in 2010, Anthony has become an IICRC Triple Master, holding the IICRC Master Water Restorer, Master Fire & Smoke Restorer, and Master Textile Cleaner designations. Anthony is also an IICRC Approved instructor and teaches the Water Restoration Technician (WRT) course in English and Spanish. He is a contract trainer for LearnToRestore.com.