Great for consumers but not so great for home inspectors performing mold. Apparently independent certifications that require experience to apply for and meet national certification standards approved by ANSI are beginning to mean something.
"Arkansas Law Names IAQ Council
The state of Arkansas has required that applicants for licenses under its new mold law be certified by the American IAQ Council (now known as ACAC).
Arkansas Act 1467, which passed in May 2009 and goes into effect January 1, 2010, states that licensees must be possess one of the following:
- Certification as a CMC or CIEC by the American IAQ Council (now ACAC)
- Certification as a CIH by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene
- 20 hours of college level training in microbiology
The Arkansas law follows the example of Maryland, where a 2008 licensing law requires mold professionals to maintain certification by the American IAQ Council or similar independent certifying body.
“Accredited, independent certification is a reliable way for state governments to verify the qualifications of license applicants,” said Charlie Wiles, ACAC executive director. “We anticipate that more states will follow the pattern of Arkansas and Maryland.”
Click here to read Arkansas Act 1467."