Not All Certifications Are Created Equal!
We researched many non-profit and for-profit organizations before choosing to apply for the toughest one out there: the American Indoor Air Quality Council’s CMRS designation. Many people in our industry think they can “buy” their certification with a membership or by taking a short training course. We refer to them as “instant certifications,” while others refer to them as “3-day wonders” because they have little or no field experience. These are the folks that make the headlines … and not in a good way.
American IAQ Council certifications are different. They are a certifying body only and have no trainers or course providers and they validate every candidate’s field experience. The American IAQ Council:
- does not allow certification board members to directly profit from certification board activities.
- does not allow “trainers” or “course providers” to serve on our certification boards.
- does not have profit sharing or rebate agreements with any “trainers” or “course providers.”
- does not allow certification board members to have possession of candidate files.
- does not endorse or promote any products.
Certified Microbial Remediation Supervisor (CMRS)
George Vincent (CMRS #07080-47) achieved the Certified Microbial Remediation Supervisor (CMRS) designation in 2004 after five years of field training and course work thus qualifying him to conduct mold remediation and water damage restoration in commercial and residential buildings. As a CMRS he is experienced in the design and construction of effective containments; safe and thorough drying of the building and contents; cleaning, treating and/or removing microbially contaminated building materials, structures and contents; and the design of remediation protocols, established protocols, governmental regulations, and industry standards.
As a CMRS, Mr. Vincent possesses verified knowledge of microbial remediation and water damage restoration. The certification exams cover the most respected reference texts in the industry. Candidates must know the industry standards and the scientific principles governing mold and the indoor environment. They must understand the most common practices and protocols used by remediators as well as the equipment used in mold remediation. They must also be aware of legal and insurance issues affecting their work. Renewal of the CMRS certification requires 40 hours of continuing education every two years.
As a CMRS since 2004, Mr. Vincent possesses verified experience in mold remediation and mold removal the following settings:
- Offices and commercial buildings
- Industrial settings
- Government facilities
- Schools and public buildings
- Healthcare facilities
- Residential structures
ACAC is a certifying body only: It has no trainers or course providers. The ACAC also validates every candidate’s field experience. The ACAC:
- does not allow Certification Board members to directly profit from their Certification Board activities
- does not allow “trainers” or “course providers” to serve on our certification Boards
- does not have profit sharing or rebate agreements with any “trainers” or “course providers”
- does not allow Certification Board members to have possession of candidate files
- does not endorse or promote any products
Integrity and credibility
We’ve based our business on two values: Integrity and Credibility. These values are also built into ACAC certifications from the ground up. This is one reason this entire program is approved by the Council of Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards (CESB), a nationally-known, third-party accreditation body.
Here are just some of the unique features of the ACAC certifications:
- Every candidate’s field experience is verified, so you can know s/he’s done this before
- All examinations are closed-book, administered independently of training course providers, to insure that each candidate has mastered the required body of knowledge
- An independent Board of industry experts reviews every candidate’s file… and the Board awards certification only by unanimous vote
- Certificants are required to document their continued education for re-certification every two years, so you know our professionals stay current with industry changes.
ACAC certifications represent a level of professionalism unmatched in the indoor air quality industry and we’re proud of our CMRS certification.
Licensed Mold Remediation Contractor (MRSR-43)
The Florida Mold Law, which went into effect in July 2010, implemented several requirements designed to protect consumers. First, it required anyone who performs mold remediation to be licensed by the State. To become licensed, one could be grandfathered in by submitting 40 documented remediation jobs and proving 3 years’ experience or have a combination of experience plus passing one of a few accepted proctored exams. The Florida Mold Law also requires general liability insurance and a background check. Once licensed, we are required to take only14 hours of continuing education courses in related fields of study to renew the license.
Finally, the Florida Mold Law made it illegal to test and remediate the same property within one year. While some companies have found ways to circumvent the spirit of this law, we choose to focus on our specialty in mold remediation and let independent professionals provide the clearance testing. Our work stands for itself.
Since Mr. Vincent holds the CMRS designation which required passing a proctored exam, five years of field experience as well as continuing education, and we were already fully insured, achieving the Florida Mold Remediation License was a breeze.
The EPA’s Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (Lead RRP) was finalized on April 22, 2008. This rule was established to reduce the risks of common renovation activities like sanding, cutting, and demolition that can create hazardous lead dust and chips by disturbing lead-based paint, which can be harmful to adults and children.
The Lead RRP Rule requires that firms performing renovation, repair, and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in pre-1978 homes, child care facilities and schools be certified by EPA and that they use certified renovators who are trained by EPA-approved training providers to follow lead-safe work practices. Individuals can become certified renovators by taking an eight-hour training course from an EPA-approved training provider.
Contractors must use lead-safe work practices and follow these three simple procedures:
- Contain the work area.
- Minimize dust.
- Clean up thoroughly.
Finding the source of leaks and controlling humidity are vital to a successful mold remediation. Since day one, George has preached the need to find the source of the leak and fix it first, then do remediation. Otherwise, you’ll just be wasting your time and money. So with some additional training and verified years of experience, George was awarded the National Association of Moisture Management (NAMM) Moisture Management Inspector certification.