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 CMR - NORMI™ Certified Mold Remediator

American Council for Accredited Certification

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Test Prep Course for:
     NORMI CMR Certification Event #20101
ACAC CMR/CMRS Certification #10011105
Recertification Credits for:
     NORMI is 10 CEUs #20102
The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration

 

CMR

This course is designed to meet the Louisiana Mold Remediation licensing law (880), as a test prep course for the CMR and CMRS certifications offered by ACAC and the CMR certification offered by NORMI. Those who take this course should check the appropriate certification requirements listed at www.acac.org and www.normi.org to be confident they can obtain the specific requirements applicable for certification. NOTE: when taken for the Louisiana license, an additional 4 hours on "Law and Business Practices" may be added and is so indicated on the registration page.

CMRS

What you'll learn...

"This CMR training program was designed, not to re-invent the wheel or create a 'new standard' but to teach the student on the techniques and methods that have proven to be effective in the mold removal industry. Standards have been established or generally recognized as acceptable and it is the CMR's responsibility to make sure that he consistently pulls his contracts and his employees back to the 'standard'. By doing this, he will remain litigation-free. IICRC 520, EPA, NYC Guidelines, and State regulations have been established for this purpose and it is our job to give the CMR a solid foundation on which he can build a strong company." D. Douglas Hoffman, Author of Mold-Free Construction

Why this is so practical...

"Prior to remediation work, the water source contributing to the mold contamination should be identified and rectified. Isolated remediation areas should be dried prior to or at a minimum upon completion of the remediation work. If heightened levels of relative humidity, or saturated surfaces or structural components still exist when the pre-remediation walk-thrus are conducted, a separate scope of work for drying surfaces should be developed. Drying of structures and surfaces should be completed prior to post remediation clearance." Chuck Hector, CMR Trainer and Owner of Remediation Specialists, NJ

The CMR is a fully licensed and insured professional, trained to meet specific state requirements for licensure (where applicable), who has completed at least 24 hours of education in mold remediation techniques including assessment, mold, water, and respiratory protection (PPE). Based on a NORMI proctored examination, this experienced professional develops follows industry standard protocols for either sanitization and remediation based on IICRC S500, IICRC S520, NYS Guidelines, and EPA Standards. The CMR has also been trained in corrosive drywall (CDW or Chinese Drywall) screening and mitigation, based on the latest information provided by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), EPA, and other governmental controlling agencies.

This class is designed to cover all aspects of mold remediation. Here is a brief overview of some of the areas we cover:

  1. Understand the basic principles of microbial remediation as described and generally accepted as the standards in the industry.
  2. Maintain familiarity with the equipment and supplies necessary to conduct a microbial remediation project, as well as, the methods for calibration and operation of such equipment.
  3. Appreciate the safety hazards presented by microbial remediation projects, and follow the procedures necessary to protect building occupants and remediation workers from such hazards.
  4. Recognize that microbial remediation may bring the Remediator into contact with regulated substances such as lead and asbestos and know what to do with these.
  5. Properly address water damage in the indoor environment and understand the proper techniques for correcting such problems.
  6. Perform structural remediation by establishing proper containment, engineering controls to prevent cross contamination and to protect worker safety and health.
  7. Understand and potentially perform HVAC remediation by employing effective cleaning methods when appropriate.
  8. Perform contents remediation by removing and properly disposing of damaged building contents and employing effective cleaning methods when appropriate.
  9. Understand the inspection and assessment process and, by knowing these, prepare for post-remediation verification.

CMR CLASS Schedule: (Registration 8:00am)

DAY ONE

  • Introduction of Instructors & Class Members The opening period is devoted to a brief discussion of the trainer's backgrounds, field experience, objectives, and logistical announcements along with a discussion of the certification process.
  • Mold and the Media A overview of the media "hype" surrounding mold, licensing laws and the role certifying agencies are playing in pending and future mold licensing legislation.
  • Mold Fundamentals This discussion centers on the physical make-up of this biological organism and how it fits under the umbrella of indoor air quality contaminants. The student is trained in understanding the differences between viable and non-viable mold and its effects on the environment.
  • Moisture Challenges Moisture is a key factor in controlling mold growth so this section is devoted to a discussion regarding moisture control, the five rules of moisture movement, and the Psychrometric fundamentals in efforts to control both temperature and relative humidity in indoor environments.
  • Mold Standards-Guidelines & Publications New York City Guidelines, EPA Recommendations, IICRC 500-520, and NADCA suggestions are discussed in an effort to sort out the similarities and differences in each. In the absence of a national "standard", these become the standard for mold sanitization and remediation projects to protect mold industry professionals from potential litigation.
  • Understanding the Remediation Process Understanding the remediation process makes developing a scope of work and remediation protocol easier. This section takes the project from gross demolition to rebuild and discusses the details of each aspect of the remediation project within the context of industry standards.
  • HVAC & Filtration/Purification Developing a good indoor air quality maintenance program is imperative to maintaining good indoor air quality so in this section we discuss the difference parts of the HVAC system, air filtration and purification to better understand their impact on indoor air quality issues.
  • Health Concerns Several videos are discussed as they relate to and document health issues connected to mold. Real clinical research is contrasted with media hype to sort out the truth about the effects of mold in our indoor environments.
  • The Investigation Process The assessment process is the important first step toward evaluating the need for a sanitization or remediation solution. The investigation always includes assessing the environment visually, collecting samples for laboratory analysis, and drawing conclusions. The investigation process ends with a well-written report and templates are discussed to facilitate the writing of those reports.
  • Employee Safety (OSHA) Although mold is not considered a hazardous substance, health issues are sometimes related to exposures of higher levels of mold. For this reason, the CMA must consider safety measures that should be taken to protect the health of the occupants and the workers during a remediation project.

DAY TWO

  • Hazard Communication in regards to hazardous work conditions is an important aspect of the remediation protocol. This section outlines the potential dangers associated with poor communication in the workplace.
  • Case Studies Some of the most practical lessons are learned through the failures and successes of others. In this section the student is helped with analyzing actual mold projects in an effort to identify problems and solutions in a practical way.
  • Pre-Test and Organization Review The student is introduced to the testing process required for certification and information regarding the certifying agencies and their benefits.
  • Panel Discussion This is an opportunity for the students to discuss in detail any aspect of the class that need clarification. The teachers make themselves available in a panel discussion format for Q&A.
  • Web Access and Support The student completes an Attendance Voucher verifying his presence in the classroom along with an evaluation of the teacher(s) and the subjects discussed. This information is reviewed at a later date in an effort to "tweak" the class to make it as current and as relevant as possible. This kind of input from students is always an important part of the training process.
  • Definitions of Sanitization and Remediation The difference between these two techniques helps define the scope of work
  • Developing a Report Writing a legible, comprehensive report is a requirement for the protection of the CMR and the client.
  • Certified Biocide Applicators Program This training covers the anti-microbials used in the CMR process and explains the EPA registered Restricted Use provisions for the State
  • Utilizing Chemical Applications and their limitations Chemical solutions are to be used as only a supplement to the standard guidelines

DAY THREE

  • State Licensing Laws and Legal Concerns States requiring licensing are discussed in the context of potential litigation
  • Business Ethics Unfair business practices is a module required by some states for licensing.
  • The "Mold-Free" Process of Construction and other Techniques This book is the basis for the Certificates of Sanitization protocols
  • Certificates of Sanitization and Warranties Protocols that serve as an overlay to standard practices.
  • 30 Steps to a Successful Mold Remediation Project A practical step-by-step guide to a successful CMR project.
  • Rebuilding to avoid Moisture Problems Building Sciences that relate to controlling moisture problems during and after the reconstruction process are discussed in detail.
  • State Applications for Licensing and Insurance Requirements Students are introduced to legislation governing their particular state and, in some cases, provided with the paperwork necessary to complete their application.
  • The Certification Process and re-Certification The recertification process is discussed in detail along with continuing education opportunities
  • Q&A with CMR Trainers (Panel Discussion) This panel discussion provides the opportunity to "fill in the gaps" on subjects that have been covered in the course of the five day class.
  • HANDS-ON Training - students will experience hands-on training which includes, but not limited to, 1) a single student will dress in full PPE in preparation for the mold remediation project, 2) all students will be involved in simulating a crawl space in which containment is constructed, negative pressure is established using an AFD converted to a NAM and the manometer is demonstrated, and 3) two walls will be constructed to simulate limited and full containment with a decon chamber, negative air machine installation, fresh air makeup and a demonstration of the AFD converted to air scrubbing with distribution tail connected to the PRV24K to expedite the PRV process. ALL students will participate in this instruction as part of their final grade.
  • Review Testing process Proctored testing is discussed and the student is informed of the entire certification

NORMI PROCTORED EXAMINATION - The passing of a proctored exam is required for certification by NORMI, the National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors along with an educational and experience requirement, proof of insurance, and payment of the associated certification fee(s). A "BTS Course Attendance Voucher" will be provided evidencing the number of hours, the course number(s) and affiliated CEUs. This voucher CANNOT be used as a certification but indicates successful completion of the appropriate training hours. Those wishing to "challenge" the examination, in lieu of attending the course, may do so by contacting NORMI at 877.251.2296 x 801 (NORMI Standards and Compliance Division) and scheduling, in advance, their presence. The proctored examination is, most often, offered the day following this class. To schedule your examination, check the testing schedule at http://www.besttrainingschool.com/examonly.php

Who is doing the training...

  • D. Douglas Hoffman
    • State of Florida Certified Mold Assessor
    • State of Florida Certified Mold Remediator
    • State of Florida Certified General Contractor
    • State of Florida Certified Plumbing Contractor
    • State of Florida Certified Roofing Contractor
    • Hillsborough County IAQ Consultant
    • CMI, CMA, CMR, CBA, CEE, CIEA
    • Executive Director of NORMI
    • Approved Training Provider for LA, FL, MS, AL
    • Author of Mold-Free Construction
    • EPA Lead RRP Principal Course Manager


  • Arnold Schnabel
    • State of Florida Certified Mold Assessor
    • State of Florida Certified Mold Remediator
    • State of Florida Certified General Contractor
    • CMI, CMA, CMR, CBA
    • Bachelor of Science, Engineering
    • Board of Directors for NORMI
    • IAQ Consultant, owner Environmental Solutions, Inc.
    • EPA Lead RRP Principal Course Instructor


  • Lance Eisen
    • State of Florida Certified Mold Assessor
    • State of Florida Certified Mold Remediator
    • State of New Jersey Licensed Radon Inspector
    • Level 1 Infrared Thermographer
    • NORMI CMI, CMA, CMR, CBA
    • NORMI Chief of Operations
    • 30 Years of Emergency Services, Field, Operations, and Administration


  • Roy White
    • State of Florida Certified Mold Assessor
    • State of Florida Certified Mold Remediator
    • NORMI CMR, CMA, CBA, AAA, CMI
    • IICRC WTR, OTC
    • CEO, Environmental Services Group LLC
    • 30 Years Health Related fields


  • Gene Taylor
    • State of Florida Certified Mold Assessor
    • State of Florida Certified Mold Remediator
    • Certified Indoor Air Quality Professional
    • Registered Professional Industrial Hygienist
    • Professional Safety Consultant
    • EPA Lead RRP Trainer


  • Billy Walley
    • State of Florida Certified Mold Assessor
    • State of Florida Certified Mold Remediator
    • NORMI CMR, CMI, CMA, CBA, CIS
    • State of Louisiana Certified Mold Remeditor
    • State of Louisiana Pesticide Applicator
    • 15 Years in Homebuilding Industry


What you will receive...

In our effort to remain "green" CMRs who attend this class will be given a copy of the Powerpoint slides in a spiral binder (for taking notes) and a CD filled with information and documentation to support the training. All documents on this CD are prepared as .pdf files so they can be printed, if desired. With the class, the student will have the opportunity to certify with a national certifying agency (additional charges would apply) and have the opportunity establish a membership relationship with NORMI, the National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors.

Who should take this class...

  • Entrepreneurs who want to begin a mold business
  • Business Owners who are interested in being licensed as CMR
  • Contractors who want to do mold remediation themselves
  • Mold Professionals who want more training in remediation
  • Facilities Maintenance Directors who will do remediation in-house
  • Apartment Managers who want to do remediation work themselves
  • Mold Inspectors who write remediation protocol
  • Mold Assessors who write remediation protocol
  • Homeowners who want to do remediation themselves
  • Carpet Cleaners who are called upon to do mold remediation
  • HVAC Contractors who want to clean mold from duct systems
  • IAQ Specialists who want to add remediation to their service line
  • Water Restoration Companies who need to add mold remediation
  • Anyone interested in knowing the right way to clean up mold

  

*The ACAC logo is used here to communicate that this course prepares candidates to take CMR, CMRS, and CRMR certification exams and does not imply a contract or partnership between NORMI and the American Council for Accredited Certification. For specific information click here.

  
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