Mold Assessment Consultant Refresher

This course is in accordance with all requirements of Texas Mold Assessor and Remediator Rules.

Description

The assessment consultant course includes lectures, demonstrations, audio-visuals and hands-on training, course review, and a written test. The assessment consultant course shall include:

  1. sources of, conditions necessary for, and prevention of indoor mold growth;
  2. potential health effects, in accordance with a training protocol developed in consultation with state professional associations, including at least one representing physicians;
  3. performance of visual inspections where mold might be present and determining sources of moisture problems, including exterior spaces (including crawlspaces and attics), interior components (including windows, plumbing, walls, and ceilings) and HVAC systems (including return air and supply ducts);
  4. utilization of physical measurement equipment and tools, including moisture meters, humidity meters, particle counters, data-logging equipment, and visual and robotic inspection equipment;
  5. biological sampling strategies and methodologies, including sampling locations and techniques, and minimizing cross-contamination;
  6. sampling methodologies, including bulk, surface (including tape, swab, and vacuum sampling), and air sampling (including the differences between culturable and particulate sampling, sampling times, calibrating pumps, selecting media for culturable samples, and sampling for fungal volatile organic compounds);
  7. state-of-the-art work practices and new technologies;
  8. proper documentation for reports, including field notes, measurement data, photographs, structural diagrams, and chain-of-custody forms;
  9. an overview of mold remediation projects and requirements, including containment and air filtration;
  10. clearance testing and procedures, including review of mold remediation protocols, work plans, visual inspections, and sampling strategies;
  11. requirements concerning workplace safety, including components of and development of respiratory protection plans and programs, workplace safety plans, and medical surveillance programs;
  12. technical and legal considerations for mold assessment, including applicable regulatory requirements, the role of the assessment consultant, the roles of other professionals, recordkeeping and notification requirements, insurance, and legal liabilities;
  13. an overview of building construction, building sciences, moisture control, and water intrusion events;
  14. prevention of indoor air quality problems, including avoiding design and construction defects and improving maintenance and housekeeping;
  15. basics of HVAC systems and their relationship to indoor air quality (including pyschrometrics, filtration, ventilation and humidity control), HVAC inspection and assessment, and remediation of HVAC systems;
  16. survey protocols for effective assessment;
  17. interpretation of data and sampling results;
  18. interviewing building occupants, minimum requirements for questionnaires, and interpreting results;
  19. writing mold management plans and mold remediation protocols, including format and contents (including structural components, HVAC systems, and building contents), defining affected areas (including floor plans), identifying and repairing moisture sources and their causes, developing a scope of work analysis, specifying containment and air filtration strategies, determining post remediation assessment criteria, and clearance criteria;
  20. post-remediation clearance testing and procedures, including review of mold remediation plans, visual inspections, sampling strategies, and quality assurance; and
  21. case studies.

Prerequisites

Successful completion of the initial course

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