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Mold Inspection and Assessment

Course Cost:  $375.00

Course Value
Did you know mold can start to grow within 24 hours of a moisture event? Have you heard a client or friend say they do not feel good when they are at home but feel better when they are outside? Did you know the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that mold should not be growing indoors.

Mold has been labeled a "Growing Concern" in the industry. Certain mold can have a negative effect on people, especially people who have a low immune system.

This course is a combination of the Inital and Advanced Mold Courses combined in an understandable format with a low price.

Overview of Mold Inspection Protocols and Procedures
Laying the Foundation for Mold
    History and Background of Mold
    Potential Health Effects
    Structure of Mold
    Problem with Mold in Buildings
Identifying Mold Growth in Buildings
    "Red Flags"
Mold Inspection Processes
    Limited Inspection
    Typical Inspection
    Post Remediation Verification (PRV)
Work Place Safety
    Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
    Types of Respirators
    Body Protection
Mold Sampling Methods and Techniques
    Air Sampling Procedures
    Direct Sampling Procedures
    Carpet Sampling Procedures
    Bulk Sampling
    Intrusive Inspection
    Viable or Culturable Testing
    Agar Solutions
    Impactor Sampling Procedures
    Airborne Particle Counters
    Thermal Imaging
Documenting Your Work
    Access to Reports
    Interpreting Lab Reports
    Specific Protocols
    How to Complete a Professional Microbial Field Assessment Form
Overview of Mold Remediation
    Steps for Remediation
PRV Protocols
    Industry References
    Containment Levels
    Proper Photos
Business Practices
Interacting with a Potential Client
Preparing to get Your Mold Business Started
Blank Inspection Forms
Example Client Presentation
Example Marketing Tactics
Example Client Agreements


Continuing Education Credits
CEU's for this style of learning are available for the following professional and State organizations;
    AmIAQC - 14 RC's
    ASHI - 4 CE's
    NADA - 8 CEC's
    NAHI - 16 CEU's
    InterNACHI - 16 CEU's
    NEHA - Category II - 8 CEU's
    IICRC - 2 CEC
    Mississippi Home Inspection Licensing Board - 16 CEU's
    Oregon Construction Contractors Board - 16 CEU's
    South Dakota Real Estate Commission - 16 CEU's
    Florida DEP - 15 Contact Hours
    Florida Association of Building Inspectors - 14 Hours
    Florida Board of Engineers - 4 CEU's
    New Jersey State Board of Home Inspection and Advisory Committee - 16 CEU's
    Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance - 16 Hours

General Questions and Answers

How much can I charge for an inspection?  On a national average inspectors charge $125 per sample. Another idea is to charge $200 for a consultation and then apply that towards the samples that may need to be taken.
Is there insurance available for mold inspections?  Yes. ESA has affordable Mold Errors and Omissions Insurance available with a General Liability coverage.
Are there acceptible limits for mold like there is for radon?  At this time there are no mold limits set by the government or EPA. However, there are industry recgonized guidelines that are used in mold inspections and assessments, that this course follows.
I have mentioned to some realtors about mold and they were not receptive to it.  Are all realtors like this?  No. The ones that do not want to talk about mold inspections have probably have concerns about a potential loss of sale. If there is a possibility mold exists, and you explain to realtors a mold inspection helps reduce their liability when the report is explained to the client, they may be more receptive. Remember though, realtors are not the only source of busniess.
Is it expensive to get into performing mold inspections?  A typical start up mold kit can cost $350 - $450 which should include your pump, air sampling media, direct sampling media, filters and carrying case. Respirators cost between $20 - $30 and lab fees range from $20 - $40 per sample.