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Frequently Asked Questions

Mold Inspection and Remediation Topics:

What Qualifications do Mold Inspectors and Mold Remediators Need?

PMII's mold training courses will help you become a qualified mold inspector or mold remediator in all states except Florida, New York and Texas. Although a mold license is not required in most states, lenders and insurance adjusters want to know that a mold professional is trained, certified and follows national standards of practice. Some 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.

Which States License Mold Professionals?

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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 - Mold 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 training provider.

Maryland - The Home Improvement Commission is responsible for implementing the Maryland Mold Remediation Services Act. This Act has been postponed 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.

New Jersey - There is proposed legislation as of late 2018. Senate Bill 2897 would require the NJ Department of Community Affairs (DCA) to establish procedures for inspection and abatement of mold hazards in residential buildings and school facilities, and certification programs for mold inspectors and mold hazard abatement workers. No license is currently required.

Texas - Texas Department of State Health Services is responsible for enforcing the state's mold licensing law. We are not approved for pre-license 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.

Washington, D.C. - 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 Inspection and Mold Remediation?

Mold inspections have become one of the fastest growing niches in the real estate industry. Mold has been called the "new asbestos" because it can lead to so many health problems. One academic report published by the Cadmus Group, sets the annual cost to treat mold-related illnesses at over $20 billion. A mold inspection service can become a highly-profitable new business, or can make an existing business more successful. With many states drafting mold legislation, the mold inspection industry will only continue to expand as public awareness grows.

Mold remediation is a significant part of the nation's $200 billion home restoration industry. Home deterioration, construction defects and acts of nature contribute to this growing market sector. For example, the average cost to repair a flooded basement is $7,000, but if mold has set in and spread to other areas, that cost can easily double or triple. There is enormous profit potential in mold remediation, indoor air quality and water damage. Mold remediators help homeowners find permanent solutions to water damage, mold growth and indoor air quality problems.

How do Mold Inspection and Mold Remediation Services Differ?

Mold inspection is a visual examination of a property for the presence and location(s) of suspected microbial growth either due to a water event, environmental conditions, material deterioration or construction defects. Samples collected from the air and surfaces are sent to a laboratory for analysis and the results are included in a written report for the client. The results of a mold inspection may lead to the need for mold remediation.

Mold Remediation is defined as the removal, cleaning, sanitizing, demolition, or other treatment, including preventive activities, of mold or mold-contaminated matter. Mold remediation also includes identification and correction of the source that caused the mold and restoring building materials that were removed. Mold remediation follows a scope of work that is presented to the client by way of a mold remediation report proposal with a break-down of costs. The proposal describes the steps needed to correct the source, what is needed to isolate the work areas and remove the mold, clean and remediate building contents affected by the mold, restore the structure and finishes to normal condition and pass a mold clearance test.

Why Should I join a Non-profit Mold Association?

There are several mold organizations to choose from, but some are operated by mold labs or mold training schools who profit from them. 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.
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How Long Does the Mold Inspection and Mold Remediation Courses Take?

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 40-hour mold remediation certification course can be completed in about 1 week. You can take the courses 100 % online from any computer or mobile device. Quiz results save automatically to the cloud, so you can check your progress from any computer. Upon passing the final exams, you will receive a certificate you can print out.

Can I Use Professional Mold Inspection Institute Logos to Promote my business?

Yes, print-quality PMII certification logos are available for graduates to promote their business and credentials. PMII Graduates receive lifetime student support to help establish and maintain a successful mold inspection or mold remediation business.

What Kind of Equipment Do I Need to Purchase for Mold Inspections?

For personal protective equipment (PPE), at minimum an N-95 respirator and protective clothing are needed for hazardous locations. Additional equipment depends on the location of suspected mold contamination in the building. Surface samples are collected using plastic tape or swabs, while air sampling requires a calibrated vacuum pump and collection cartridges. Most mold inspectors carry air sampling and surface sampling equipment in addition to moisture meters, humidity meters, and infrared thermometers. We offer our popular air and surface sampling kit at a discount for PMII 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 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 a mold analysis yourself even, if you are a qualified industrial hygienist, or to have any influence on the results of your professionally collected samples.

How Do You Compare to Other Mold Training Providers?

Cost Comparison:
PMII's training cost is the most reasonable in the mold training industry. 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. Some mold courses can come with additional hidden costs such as annual fees. PMII offers the best enrollment prices for an accredited school and provides everything you need to learn from home. There are no recurring or hidden fees.

Content Comparison:
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. PMII teaches you practical information in addition to 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.

Interactivity Comparison:
PMII offers online interactive mold training programs. Some competitors provide document downloads, but without interactivity that lets you know how much you are learning. PMII's course design allows you to interact with the material. Interactive features include flash cards that ask you questions and test what you have learned. The online quizzes provide feedback so you can identify what you still need to learn. The video demonstrations, numerous color illustrations, and videos provide the foundation for each new concept. We encourage you to do your research before enrolling in any mold course. Avoid mold inspection courses not offered by licensed training providers, where course tuition is not refundable. Verify the company's school location, credentials, and refund policy before you enroll.

How Does a Mold Inspection Integrate with a Home Inspection?

PMII mold inspection training follows the standards of the National Association of Mold Inspectors and Remediators (NAMRI), which treats the process of a mold inspection similar to a home inspection. Many parts of a common home inspection overlap with a mold inspection, including Grounds, Exterior Structure, Plumbing, Interior and HVAC. This allows a mold inspection to be conducted at the same time as a home inspection which saves time and money for both the home inspector and the client.

What is the Shipping Method and Return Policy?

Products that require shipping are sent by UPS Ground, Fedex Ground or 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 for a full refund. 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 Privacy Policy?

Information Collection, Use, and Sharing:
We are the sole owners of the information collected on this site. We only have access to/collect information that you voluntarily give us via email or other direct contact from you. We will not sell or rent this information to anyone. We will use your information to respond to you, regarding the reason you contacted us. We will not share your information with any third party outside of our organization, other than as necessary to fulfill your request, e.g. to ship an order. Unless you ask us not to, we may contact you via email in the future to tell you about specials, new products or services, or changes to this privacy policy.

Your Access to and Control Over Information:
You may opt out of any future contacts from us at any time. You can do the following at any time by contacting us via the email address or phone number given on our website: (1) See what data we have about you, if any; (2) Change/correct any data we have about you; (3)Have us delete any data we have about you; (4) Express any concern you have about our use of your data.

Security:
We take precautions to protect your information. When you submit sensitive information via the website, your information is protected both online and offline. Wherever we collect sensitive information (such as credit card data), that information is encrypted and transmitted to us in a secure way. You can verify this by looking for a closed lock icon at the bottom of your web browser, or looking for "https" at the beginning of the address of the web page.

While we use encryption to protect sensitive information transmitted online, we also protect your information offline. Only employees who need the information to perform a specific job (for example, billing or customer service) are granted access to personally identifiable information. The computers/servers in which we store personally identifiable information are kept in a secure environment. If you feel that we are not abiding by this privacy policy, you should contact us immediately via our contact page.


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