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Mold Course Objectives

Each lesson starts by listing the objectives you will learn, followed by a short practice quiz to check your prior knowledge. Below are the objectives that you will master in each lesson of the Mold Inspector Certification Course.

Lesson 1: Common Terminology

  • Learn the common terminology used in mold inspections

Lesson 2: Understanding Mold

  • Understand the definition of mold
  • Understand characteristics of mold
  • Learn how mold grows
  • Understand differences between Mold, Mildew, and Fungi
  • Identify what is considered excessive mold
  • Understand your role in explaining causes of mold
  • Understand the concept of mold remediation
  • Understand the concept of spores and substrates
  • Understand your role concerning potential health hazards
  • Understand your role concerning hidden mold
  • Learn to recognize common areas affected by mold
  • Learn to recognize toxic or unsafe mold

Lesson 3: Effects on Humans

  • Understand the harmful effects on humans
  • Understand how molds attack
  • Understand the risks of Inhalation Exposures
  • Learn about Sensitization and Allergic Reactions
  • Learn about Sinusitis
  • Learn about Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis
  • Understand health problems associated with mold
  • Understand by-product reactions
  • Learn the risks of ingestion exposures
  • Learn techniques for treatment and prevention

Lesson 4: Effects on Homes

  • Learn about the costs of mold damage
  • Learn about the costs of remediation
  • Understand the effects on homes
  • Learn how the insurance industry is affected
  • Understand how to correct construction flaws that cause damage
  • Learn where to look for mold
  • Learn the warning signs of mold

Lesson 5: Detection Equipment

  • Understand the ways mold can be detected
  • Learn about the common tools related to mold inspections
  • Understand where mold can be found
  • Learn about mold related safety equipment
  • Learn the common signs & locations of mold infestations

Lesson 6: Mold Sampling

  • Understand the different methods of sampling
  • Know what type of equipment is needed
  • Understand what method of sampling to use
  • Learn the benefits and drawbacks of sample types
  • Understand the concept of tape sampling
  • Understand the concept of swab sampling
  • Understand the concept of bulk sampling
  • Understand the concept of air sampling
  • Understand the safety considerations when sampling

Lesson 7: Standards of Practice

  • Understand the government's position on mold exposure
  • Define the terminology used in NAMRI mold standards
  • Understand the purpose and scope of NAMRI standards
  • Understand the limitations of a mold inspection
  • Identify areas of the grounds, exterior, structure, plumbing, interior, and HVAC which are to be inspected
  • Identify areas which are included from a mold inspection
  • Understand when to collect tape and swab samples
  • Understand standardized procedures for air sampling

Lesson 8: Grounds Inspection

  • Evaluate the grading near the structure
  • Determine if microbial growth exists near structure
  • Identify areas that slope towards structure
  • Determine if water erosion is observed
  • Identify vegetation too close to structure
  • Evaluate the general drainage near structure
  • Evaluate retaining walls near the structure
  • Identify water sources affecting structure

Lesson 9: Exterior Inspection

  • Determine if porch/deck/patio has microbial growth
  • Identify signs of deterioration on exterior surfaces
  • Identify cracks or open penetrations on exterior surfaces
  • Evaluate the condition of steps to building
  • Determine if windows/window wells have microbial growth
  • Identify deteriorated exterior grout or caulking
  • Determine if earth-to-wood contact is present
  • Evaluate exterior doors for microbial growth or water damage
  • Evaluate exposed exterior wood for signs of dryrot
  • Determine if eaves/soffits have microbial growth/water damage
  • Determine whether gutters and downspouts have microbial
  • growth or water damage
  • Identify damaged or nonfunctional gutters and downspouts
  • Identify microbial growth or water damage on chimney
  • Identify damaged or nonfunctional chimney flashing

Lesson 10: Structure Inspection

  • Determine if foundation has microbial growth or water damage
  • Identify signs of deterioration on structural components
  • Identify cracks or open penetrations on structure
  • Evaluate the condition of columns or peers
  • Determine if roof has visible microbial growth or water damage
  • Determine if attic has visible microbial growth or water damage
  • Evaluate the condition of attic insulation and ventilation
  • Identify the presence of musty odors or dampness
  • Determine if basement has visible microbial growth or water damage
  • Evaluate the condition of crawlspace vapor barriers and ventilation
  • Evaluate the condition of basement/crawlspace insulation
  • Determine if garage has visible microbial growth or water damage
  • Evaluate the condition of garage insulation and ventilation

Lesson 11: Plumbing Inspection

  • Determine if sinks/drains have microbial growth or water damage
  • Identify Corrosion or deterioration on plumbing fixtures
  • Identify evidence of past plumbing supply leaks
  • Identify deteriorated grout or caulking on fixtures
  • Identify cracks or open penetrations in plumbing system
  • Determine if Shower/tubs have microbial growth or water damage
  • Determine if toilets have microbial growth or water damage
  • Identify signs of potential water intrusion from plumbing
  • Determine if supply/vent/waste pipes have microbial growth or water damage
  • Identify Corrosion or deterioration on plumbing pipes
  • Identify evidence of supply/vent/waste pipe leaks
  • Determine if water heater has microbial growth or water damage
  • Determine if water heater has proper extension

Lesson 12: Interior Inspection

  • Determine if interior windows have visible microbial growth or water damage
  • Identify cracks or open penetrations on interior Windows
  • Identify deteriorated grout or caulking interior Windows
  • Determine if kitchen has microbial growth or water damage
  • Determine if areas beneath sinks are deteriorated
  • Identify the presence of water staining on interior
  • Identify the presence of interior musty odors or dampness
  • Identify the presence of carpeting in potentially wet areas
  • Determine if bathroom has microbial growth or water damage
  • Evaluate the condition of bathroom and kitchen ventilation
  • Determine if bedrooms have microbial growth or water damage
  • Determine if laundry room has microbial growth or water damage
  • Determine if other rooms or storage areas have visible signs of microbial growth or water damage

Lesson 13: HVAC Inspection

  • Determine if the filter has signs of microbial growth or water damage
  • Identify the presence of musty odors or dampness in the filter
  • Determine if the return air box has signs of microbial growth or water damage
  • Identify cracks or open penetrations in the return air box
  • Identify corrosion, deterioration, or water stains
  • Determine if the visible condensate drain or pump lines have microbial growth or water damage
  • Evaluate condensate drain lines for blockage
  • Determine if the humidifier has microbial growth or water damage
  • Identify cracks or open penetrations on humidifier
  • Determine if visible areas of the ducts and vents have signs of microbial growth or water damage
  • Identify cracks or open penetrations on the ducts and vents

Lesson 14: Mold Reporting

  1. Understand Reporting Methodologies
  2. Understand the Pre-Inspection Agreement
  3. Learn how to perform a professional inspection
  4. Understand how to present a report summary
  5. Learn how to review the report with the client
  6. Lesson 15: Mold Treatment
  7. Understand the concept of mold remediation
  8. Learn about different treatment methods
  9. Learn about different remediation techniques
  10. Understand how to contain the mold from spreading
  11. Understand how to kill the mold and remove it
  12. Learn how to protect the cleaned area


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