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Frequently Asked Questions
What qualifications are needed to inspect in my state?
PMII's courses will help you become a qualified mold inspector or remediator in
most states except where noted below. Many states are considering regulations or have legislation pending for mold
assessment and mold remediation. For this reason it is important to start now and get "grandfathered in"
before new laws are passed. Contact us for more information about particular state requirements.
States which license mold professionals:
Florida - The Florida
Department of Business and Professional Regulation is responsible for licensing mold assessors and remediators.
We are approved for CECs for licensure renewal only.
Louisiana - Remediators must have at least 24 hours of Mold Remediation related training as well as 4 hours
of training in Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law. We are an approved
Maryland - The Home Improvement Commission is responsible for implementing the Maryland Mold Remediation Services Act. This Act has been postponed indefinitely since 2013,
therefore no mold license is currently required.
New York - The New
York State Department of Labor is responsible for enforcing the state's mold licensing requirements and minimum
work standards for professionals engaged in mold assessment and remediation. No online courses are accepted. You
will need to take classroom training.
Texas - Texas Department of State Health Services
is responsible for enforcing the state's mold licensing law. We are not approved for prelicense training. However,
you are exempt from the Texas mold licensing requirements if you perform mold-related activities on a one or two-family
dwelling in the process of constructing or improving the dwelling regardless of the total surface area of mold
contaminated material. We still believe it is important for remodeling contractors to have basic mold safety training
even if they aren't in the mold remediation field because they are sure to encounter mold especially when remodeling
after flood damage. Our training can be beneficial to contractors with the understanding that it is not credit
towards a Texas mold remediator license.
EMERGENCY GUIDANCE ON MOLD REMEDIATION UNDER THE TEXAS GOVERNOR'S DISASTER DECLARATION
FOLLOWING HURRICANE HARVEY
(Issued Aug. 23, last amended Sept. 1, 2017)
Licensure requirements for Unlicensed and Out-of-State Mold Remediation Companies are waived for the duration
of the Governor?s Disaster Declaration in the affected counties.
In lieu of licensure, Unlicensed and Out-of-State Mold Remediation Companies wishing to work under the disaster
declaration can do so if they register with the Department of State Health Services. No fee will be assessed for
registration. Companies wanting to register can do so by sending the following information to email@example.com
. Putting Mold Remediation Waiver Request in the subject line will expedite proper handling:
- Business name, owner?s name and 24/7 contact number
- Proof of business registration in another state or via a Texas Secretary of State Tax ID number.
- A list of employees working in the impacted areas
- Verification of training for all employees
- Proof of liability insurance
Registration will be considered complete when all the information has been sent to the email address. A response
from DSHS is not necessary for companies to begin serving in the applicable counties.
Texas Mold Waiver Requests
Texas Mold Remediation
Q&A For Hurricane Harvey
Washington, DC. - Any person/business engaging in the business of residential indoor mold assessment or
remediation must be licensed by the Department of Energy
and the Environment (DOEE) which requires you to pass an examination, establish a combination of educational
credentials and field experience, meet insurance requirements, and take initial and refresher training, including
on D.C. law. We can help you prepare for the applicable ACAC exam.
What are the career opportunities for Mold Inspectors?
Mold inspections, which typically start at around $350, have become the fastest growing niche market in the real
estate industry. Mold has been called the "new asbestos" of this decade. A mold inspector service can
become a highly-profitable new business, or can make an existing business ultra successful. With many states drafting
mold legislation, the mold inspection industry will only continue to expand.
How do mold inspection and mold remediation differ?
Mold inspection, both residential and commercial, is the visual identification
and sampling of suspected mold. The results of a mold inspection which may lead to mold remediation, which is the
physical removal of the mold, which can cost thousands of dollars. Mold remediation falls outside the scope of
a mold inspection. Mold remediation is a process that involves cleaning an area affected by mold, repairing it
and if needed, correcting building deficiencies so that mold damage does not recur.
Why should I join a non-profit mold association?
There are dozens of mold organizations to choose from, but many are operated by
mold labs or schools. Operating for-profit creates a conflict of interest for any national association whose purpose
is to protect and educate the public. PMII graduates receive a $149 paid membership in the National Association of Mold Remediators and Inspectors (NAMRI), which is a non-profit organization.
PMII Graduate Benefits
How do I take the course and how long does it take?
You can take the course 100 % online from any computer or mobile device. Quiz
results save automatically to the cloud, so you can check your progress from any computer. The 90-hour mold inspection
course is self-paced and can be completed in as little as 1-2 weeks or you can take as long as you would like.
The 24-hour remediation certification course can be completed in a few days. Upon passing the final exams, you
will receive a signed certificate you can print out.
Can I use PMII Logos to promote my business?
Yes, print-quality PMII certification logos at 300 dpi resolution are available
for graduates to promote their business and credentials.
What kind of special equipment do I need to purchase?
Other than a respirator and protective clothing for hazardous locations, additional
equipment depends on the level of suspected mold contamination in the building. Surface sampling is done using
low-cost plastic tape or swab, while air and vacuum sampling require pumps and collection cartridges. You can expand
your equipment based on the level of service you want to provide. The most popular equipment includes air sampling
pumps, moisture meters, humidity meters, and infrared thermometers. We offer our popular complete air/surface sampler
kit at a discount for students.
How do I select a laboratory for mold sample analysis?
There are many choices in laboratories, but you should use an accredited lab that
is recognized by the American Industrial Hygiene Association. You should also look at cost, convenience, and turn-around
time. Most Mold Inspectors pass all lab costs on to the customer, so you should make an effort to give your client
the best value. As a Certified Mold Inspector it would be a conflict of interest to perform an analysis yourself,
or to have any influence on the results of your professionally collected samples.
How do you compare to other mold training courses?
Mold seminars typically start at around $1,000 for a 2-day seminar, not counting travel expenses which can double
the price. Distance mold courses typically cost less than mold seminars due to lower overhead. Both types of courses
can come with additional hidden costs such as franchise and annual fees. PMII offers one of the best enrollment
prices for an accredited school and provides everything you need to learn from home. There
are no recurring or hidden fees.
Many mold courses and seminars are less than 24 hours long. Many are provided by mold labs or venders, not actual
schools, and are trying to promote their sampling products. At PMII you will learn practical information, not theory.
PMII's course material is aligned with national standards of practice for the mold industry and is updated regularly.
We teach you the key information that you must inspect for and include in your final report. Every lesson is concise
and written in clear language that is easy to understand. We list the precise learning objectives for each lesson
and teach you how to systematically perform each part of a mold inspection, including how to prepare your final
report. PMII's training was designed in-house by experienced mold inspectors who understand the trade.
PMII offers online interactive mold training programs. Some competitors have placed their textbooks or tests
online, but without interactivity that lets you know how much you are learning. PMII's course design allows you
to interact with the material.
Exclusive, interactive features include flash cards that ask you questions and test what you have learned. The
online quizzes instantly grade your work and provide feedback so you can identify what you still need to learn.
The video demonstrations, numerous color illustrations, and DVD companion provide the foundation for each new concept.
TIP: We encourage you to do your research before enrolling in any course.
The majority of mold inspection courses are not offered by licensed training providers and course tuition is not
refundable. Call and ask about the company's location, credentials, and policies before you enroll.
What is Your Equipment Warranty?
We offer a 1-year unlimited warranty and lifetime customer support. During the first year we will send replacement
parts to you at no charge to repair or replace anything that goes wrong. We will also perform the labor at no charge
if the customer ships the unit to us at his/her expense. After the first year the customer can extend the warranty
for an annual fee, or purchase replacement parts when needed.
What is Your Equipment Return Policy?
We offer a 30-day money-back guarantee with the following conditions:
- A return form must be requested within 30 days of receiving your order. To request a return form, call our
toll free number or send in a web message.
- The item is returned in like-new condition. All box containers, paperwork, and cords are returned with the
- You are only allowed to return a total of one item. If you are unsure about a product, order one and
test if for your application, then you can order more at a later date.
- Shipping charges are not refundable
- Refunds are processed 10 days after receipt of the item (at our office). This gives us time to receive and
test the returned item. Your bank may also have a few days of processing delay to return the funds back to your
How do you ship and what is your course return policy?
Products are shipped via UPS Ground, Fedex Ground and USPS, and typically take
5-7 business days for delivery. We ship to the U.S. and Canada. For returns, everything must be returned in as-new
condition within 30 days of receipt. Returns with damaged or used items will be prorated. Refunds are credited
within 7 business days of receipt of the return. Shipping and handling is not refundable. You must contact us first
to obtain a return number.
What is Your Lead Time for Orders?
First, if you have a deadline, please call us or message us to get a delivery estimate
in advance. All machines are hand-built in our production facilities and the lead time averages 3-10 days depending
on the number of orders ahead of yours, and 2-4 business days for Fedex ground shipping depending on the shipping
zone. If your order must be shipped outside of the contiguous United States or Internationally or needs a difference
delivery service, you must contact us in advance for a shipping quote. Fedex does not deliver to PO Boxes. We will
notify you when your item is complete and provide a tracking number when it ships. If any parts are backordered,
we will notify you and give you the option to cancel. These lead times are typical for specialty electronics that
are hand-built when ordered.
Once again, if you have a deadline call us or message us to get a delivery estimate!
We build machines like no others, at great prices and it is worth the wait.
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