Since this may affect mold inspectors in Arkansas, Maryland and possibly Florida, I thought I’d share this email I recieved.
October 29, 2009
**Imminent Industry Changes **
[FONT=Times New Roman]Have you taken the time to ponder what’s happening with industry certifications? The[/FONT]
[FONT=Times New Roman]January ANSI/NOCA 1100 Standard has laid the groundwork for imminent change. The[/FONT]
[FONT=Times New Roman]standard’s definition of assessment-based certificates issued by associations and course[/FONT]
[FONT=Times New Roman]providers can be clearly applied to most so-called certifications in the IAQ industry. [/FONT]
[FONT=Times New Roman]Standard 1100, which prohibits people from using acronyms or the word “certified” to describe their assessment-based certificates is only a first step. **The move to professionalize industry certifications is ongoing with more new standards in process. **Soon, training certificates issued as “certifications” are going to be seriously questioned by your peers and the courts.[/FONT]
[FONT=Times New Roman]Those who hold board-awarded certifications through the American Council for Accredited Certification (ACAC) can rest assured they have professional certifications.[/FONT]
To be licensed, mold investigators, as the law describes them, will have to be certified as an industrial hygienist by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene; as **a microbial consultant or indoor environmental consultant **by the American Indoor Air Quality Council (now the ACAC); or must successfully complete at least 20 hours of college-level microbiology.