Q. Why does membership in IAC2 require membership in NACHI?
A: I’m asked this question often by mold inspectors who do not offer home inspections, but want to join IAC2 www.iac2.org . Here is my thinking on the matter:
- IAC2 doesn’t exist for the benefit of mold inspectors. It’s not to help radon inspectors either. And it’s not for environmental or IAQ professionals. IAC2 only serves NACHI members. A private trade association like IAC2 is not a government agency. It has no duty to be fair. IAC2 is for NACHI members only. I founded IAC2 to serve NACHI members only.
- IAC2 is technically interlinked to NACHI as a sister association. It accesses NACHI’s member database so that members making changes from www.nachi.org/profileintro.htm also change their information at IAC2. It would be difficult for us to make one a member of IAC2 without them being a member of NACHI.
- IAC2’s official opinion is that an 8 hour mold course only teaches one to take mold samples, but is not adequate to teach a mold inspector everything he needs to know. A mold inspector who is not a home inspector is not qualified to inspect for mold IMHO. He/she is only qualified to take mold samples. A big difference. A working knowledge of plumbing systems, drainage, water proofing, downspouts, crawl space ventillation, condensation, etc. is needed to be a good mold inspector. Industrial Hygenists have NO BUSINESS doing mold inspections! Yes, I said it.
- NACHI is not a home inspection organization (at least not any longer). NACHI is an inspection organization. Much of the education/exams/quizzes we offer deal directly with mold, and indirectly with the causes of it (plumbing leaks, negative drainage, stucco, etc). See #3 above. The two disciplines are intertwined.
- The minimum requirements for IAC2 are at least an 8 hour or 16 hour course in either mold or radon PLUS all of NACHI’s existing requirements www.nachi.org/rigorous2006.htm. If we lower the requirements for IAC2 just so an non-home inspector can get in, where would that lead? Would we allow an inspector who only works with condos skip our roofing course because roofs are common areas uninspected? Would we allow our Alaskan members to answer air conditioning questions incorrectly? There would be no end.
*]Finally, even if a mold inspector was over qualified, lt’s say he was a Nobel Laureate on the subject of mold, I still don’t want to help him take any work away from NACHI members. I (like IAC2) am here to serve NACHI members… exclusively.
Hope that clarifies my thinking on the subject.