Jon-Don, a leading supplier of commercial supplies, equipment, consumables, and know-how to specialty contractors will host the final classes for Barry Costa of Costa Group Education’s live stream IICRC Water Restoration Technician (WRT) training in 2024 before his retirement.

Barry announced his plans to retire at the end of 2024 after more than 50 years in the restoration industry and 38 years of teaching. Throughout his distinguished career in the cleaning and restoration industry, Barry has served on and chaired many national committees, been a contributing author to the national water damage standards, been a key speaker at conventions and special events, and authored many articles in industry publications.

Since becoming an IICRC approved instructor in 1986, Barry has taught thousands of cleaning and restoration contractors around the world, helping them to earn certifications in carpet repair and reinstallation and water damage restoration, and numerous other certifications. Barry taught in-person WRT training for many years before moving to exclusively live stream/online training in 2020.

“Barry is an absolute legend in the cleaning and restoration industry and quite literally wrote the book on water damage restoration standards. The positive impact he has had on the industry and his students is simply immeasurable,” said Alexandra Gualtieri, Director of Content, Training, and Communications for Jon-Don. “Jon-Don has had the pleasure of working with Barry for more than 20 years, and we are honored to host the final WRT classes of his career.”

"What a ride! I am grateful to Jon-Don for having hosted so many of my classes throughout the years. Their commitment to serving the restoration industry and the success of their customers has been the foundation of a strong and long-term partnership," Barry Costa said. “A huge thank you to all the companies that sent their staff members to my classes, and of course, to all my students that I was blessed to have over the years.”

Students interested in signing up for one of Barry’s final live stream WRT classes can find the available schedule of dates on Jon-Don's Training Hub at