by Doug Rucker Doug Rucker

Pressure Washing School FAQ’s

For the last 11 years, we have been holding our monthly school in Houston, Texas. Here are some Pressure Washing School FAQ’s that will help you with questions you may have. Please feel free to text me at 2818833630 or email at pressurecleaningschool@gmail.com if you have questions you don’t find here. 

When are the schools?

This monthly school in Houston is held once a month and usually on the second Monday and Tuesday of every month. The 2022 Schedule is as follows:  January 10-11, February 14-15, March 14-15, April 11-12, May 9-10,, June 13-14,, July 11-12, August 8-9, September 12-13, October 10-11, November 7-8, and December 5-6.

What is the cost to attend the monthly schools?

The price is $750.00.

If you are bringing an additional attendee, the price is $375.00, per additional attendee.

What type of training happens at the monthly school?

I teach Residential Exterior Cleaning only. This includes House Washing, Roof Cleaning, Driveway Cleaning, I do not teach commercial, fleet wash, kitchen hood cleaning, wood restoration, but we do go over wood cleaning, or any other type of pressure washing service. It is purely residential cleaning only.

What type of training will I receive?

You will receive “hands on” field training as well as classroom training. One day of training is held either outside at my home, or on an actual job site, as we teach you how we clean a roof, a house, and a driveway. During this training, we will go over Spraying Techniques, Soft Washing, Pressure Washing, Different Chemical Application methods for Soft Washing and Pressure Washing, how we set up on a job site, planning and visualizing the job, Chemical Mix Ratios, what I look for when I am bidding a job as well as what I look for protecting the property, plants, pets and more. This training is done at my home or on a job site when available. Attire for this day is work type clothes and something you would not mind getting spotted since we may use bleach for cleaning.  November through February, be sure to bring cold weather attire, as the weather here can be cold one day and 80 degrees the next. In the event of rain on the field training day, we may switch the class room and field training day.  If there is rain both days, then extended class room time will be given at the training center. 

Day Two

The second day of training is classroom training and is held at our office. The classroom portion consists of PowerPoint presentations that cover House Washing and Roof Cleaning, equipment needed, mixing ratios, different application methods, bidding residential jobs, preparing the job site, identifying surfaces, stains and best application methods, and more. We also have PowerPoint presentations that will cover roof cleaning, concrete cleaning, and plant and property protection.

Each day starts at about 8:30am, unless advised a different start time, and we usually finish by 12:00-1:00 each day. Please do not arrive earlier than 8:30am or the designated start time given to you. You will receive a text message or email the Saturday or Sunday prior to the school with the location we will meet at. In the event of rain on the field training day, we may switch the class room and field training day.  If there is rain both days, then extended class room time will be given at the training center. You are also granted access to the class room portions via video, so you can review once you leave the school.

Travel and Lodging Recommendations

I recommend that you fly into the Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) as it is only 10-15 from my house. The hotel that I recommend is the Courtyard Marriott Kingwood, 130 Northpark Plaza, Kingwood Tx 77339.  (281) 973-1790.  Room Rates are $89.00 per night, (price subject to change) using the code DougRuckerSchool. This hotel is just 5 minutes from my office, and has plenty of eating, shopping and even a movie theatre nearby. They have a shuttle available to pick you up from the airport, when available, as well as take you anywhere within 5 miles of the Hotel during your stay. There are many other choices for lodging near me; you would just want to stay in the Kingwood/Humble area, as close to the 59/Northpark exit as possible. I advise that you plan to arrive sometime Sunday afternoon and plan to leave, if flying, no earlier than 3-4pm on Tuesday after the class.

Transportation

The Courtyard Marriott offers a shuttle to and from the airport, when available.  You can also choose to take a cab or Uber to your hotel.  A rental car is also an option to consider, if you plan to tour the Houston area during your free time.  On Tuesday, once the school has concluded, you will need to make arrangements for transportation back to the airport.

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Online Video Pressure Washing School’s

Is there any additional training after the school and, if so, what is the cost?

The only additional training that you can purchase is my online video school. In fact you may want to consider purchasing it first. The online school has all the classroom classes I teach here in Houston, and over 260 additional training videos. It is a lifetime, one-time membership of $549.00 (price subject to change), and you get access to all current videos and future videos. There are also FREE certification tests you can take after each module. The certification tests are FREE, and there is one each for Roof Cleaning, House Washing, Hardscape & Concrete Cleaning, and Plant and Property Protection. If you decide to take the tests, and you pass, you can post a listing on our directory located here: https://www.pressurecleaningschool.com/directory/. We would need you to email us your logo in Digital Format to pressurecleaningschool@gmail.com  Membership to this online school also get’s you access to me for further mentoring or coaching anytime you need me at no additional charge. 

Length of Video Classes

The Roof Cleaning class portions are about 1 and 1/2 hours spread over 4 videos. House Washing Class is about 2 and 1/2 hours spread over 5 videos. Concrete is about 30 minutes spread over 2 videos. Plant Protection is about 1 hours with 2 videos.  There are also many other training videos under these classes, but those are the main ones that you take to prepare you for the tests.  After taking and passing the tests, you can print a certificate to use for your business.

Attending my school here in Houston, or any other of my schools, DOES NOT give you free access to the online video school. It is a separate purchase. Please don’t assume that just because you pay to attend the school here that the online video school comes with that purchase. IT DOES NOT . This is why I say you may want to consider the online video school first.

Another Online Video School Choice

For those that may not be able to afford the life-time membership course,  you can choose to pay for the individual classes separately.  The prices vary depending on the course, and you have access to only the classes needed to take the tests.  It is not a lifetime membership, and access to the courses and videos are 2 weeks to complete the course(s) from the time you register.  Once the 2 weeks expire, you no longer have access to the videos or classes.  You can check out this online power wash school at Pressure Washing School Courses.

Even More Additional Training

Any student that attends my school will have access to me anytime they need additional help at no extra charge. This means you can text me, email me, or call me anytime you have questions, whether it be about equipment selection, bidding a job, how to clean something, etc. I also offer video conferencing when needed as well. Whatever you need, I am here to help you succeed. If I don’t know the answer, I will help you get it. I am here to help your new business be successful and to teach you how to clean using the proper process and procedures.  Remember that just because the school ends, the education does not.

Is there a Certification?

You will receive a Certificate of Attendance for Exterior Cleaning. You can also, after passing the tests, have a listing on our Web Site directory. This is not required. It is only an option if you’d like to have your business listed as a Certified Graduate. 

Difference Maker School

From time to time, I will host a Difference Maker School.  This school is held at at my training center,  where we can host more people than at my normal monthly schools.  This allows more students to attend, but at a lower cost.  The Difference Maker school is designed for those that are thinking about or just starting a pressure washing business. It is also ideal for those that have been in business for 3 years or less.  The Difference Maker school has more classroom training than hands-on training. My monthly school we are on an actual job site, cleaning a roof, house, and driveway.

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At some of the Difference Maker schools, we provide equipment demonstration training, using the equipment I use on a daily basis. This  demonstration training is mainly designed to get you familiar with the equipment needed for your new business. Application Techniques and Equipment demonstrations allow you to get a feel for what you need to make you a success.