Best Training School and NORMI Partner with Infraspection Institute for Member Training. Read MoreOn The Air Radio Commercial is released.
Continuing Education Units
Best Training School is now offering accredited CEU credits for the States of Louisiana, Florida, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, and more!
Best Training School will tailor our classes to fit your requirements by offering the credibility, credentials, and training your company needs.
Specialized Training where the curriculum is customized for your individual staff, business, association, or organization is available through
BestTrainingSchool.com by request.
We are able to tailor our classes to fit your requirements by offering the credibility, credentials, and training your company needs. Read More
MRSA - Mold-Related Services Assessor
"In many cases, probably upwards to 80% or more of the homes we are in, an IAQ/Mold Inspection is performed and remediation is unnecessary. Sanitization is less expensive, less invasive, and less destructive to the home/office. Once the Certified Inspector determines the extent of the IAQ/Mold problems, he may legitimately suggest this protocol and assist his client in expediting the solution. By partnering with the homeowner to establish a lifestyle that substantially reduces the possibility of proliferating IAQ/Mold problems, a healthier environment is established and maintained for the homeowner and his family."
D. Douglas Hoffman, Executive Director of NORMI.org
Learn to build a business around the "hottest" industry of this decade as you help people improve living indoors. Assessing mold problems and offering solutions in this "solution-based" program will set you apart from others who work in this field and with a profession ongoing CE (continuing education) program every week, you will stay on top of this very dynamic industry with the latest information, tools, and training.
The MRSA (Mold-Related Services Assessor) is a fully licensed and insured
professional working in the State of Florida, trained to meet specific requirements for licensure and who has completed at least 24 hours of education in advanced mold assessment techniques including
mold, moisture, and respiratory protection (PPE). For Florida DBPR licensure, the MRSA is also required to take an approved NORMI MRSA proctored examination, which can be taken without the
course study (usually referred to as "challenge the exam") or offered on the third day of the course. This experienced professional develops an IAQ profile using investigative techniques and writes
protocol for either sanitization or remediation based on IICRC S500, IICRC S520, NYC Guidelines, and EPA Standards.
This course also serves as a test prep course for the CIE and CIEC certifications offered by ACAC, the CMA certification offered by NORMI, and as continuing education units (CEUs) for the IICRC.
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.
Students taking this course may choose to sit for the Florida MRSA examination which is included in the price of this course. If you desire to take the examination without having taken this course
(or, challenge the exam), please schedule that examination here.
Doug, it has been my privilege to have been a part of NORMI since its inception. I can remember that first class we gave to a group of part time entrepreneurs looking to expand
their services. I feel we did a very good job, but in retrospect it was a bit sophmoric compared to the information in today's CMI class. We surely have come a long way! I also remember that many of
attendees at the completion of the course, while satisfied with the course content and confident in their newfound knowledge, were hungry for more information. The content of this new CMA will offer
the attendee a way to expand their menu of services and certifications that will elevate them above the ordinary professionals in their area. Giving the CMA holder a competitive edge. This CMA fits
perfectly between the NORMI CMI and CMR certifications.
Thom E. Blalock, Board of Directors
CMA CLASS Schedule: (Registration 8:30am)
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
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.
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
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
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
Definitions of Sanitization and Remediation The difference between these two techniques helps define the scope of work
Report Writing and Protocol Writing require a legible, comprehensive report as a requirement for the protection of the MRSR 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 guideline.
Florida Standards of Practice are discussed as they apply to protocol writing.
Florida State Licensing Laws and Legal Concerns are discussed in the context of potential litigation
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 MRSR 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 MRSA 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 processes.
NORMI PROCTORED EXAMINATION-The passing of this proctored exam is also 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). NORMI CMA may be automatically granted to those students who are licensed
by the State of Florida. A "BTS Course Attendance Voucher" will be provided evidencing the number of hours, the course number(s) and/or 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.
Who is doing the training...
D. Douglas Hoffman
State of Florida Certified Mold Assessor MRSA261
State of Florida Certified Mold Remediator MRSR263
State of Florida Certified General Contractor CGC019788
State of Florida Certified Plumbing Contractor CFC022569
State of Florida Certified Roofing Contractor CCC049363
NORMI Certified Residential Thermographer
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 (www.MoldFreeConstruction.com)
EPA Lead RRP Principal Course Manager
State of Florida Certified Mold Assessor MRSA1439
State of Florida Certified Building Contractor CBC018732
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
State of Florida Certified Mold Assessor MRSA671
State of Florida Certified Mold Remediator MRSR747
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
State of Florida Certified Mold Assessor MRSA89
State of Florida Certified Mold Remediator MRSR92
NORMI CMR, CMA, CBA, AAA, CMI
IICRC WTR, OTC
CEO, Environmental Services Group LLC
30 Years Health Related fields
Wenford (Gene) Taylor
State of Florida Certified Mold Assessor MRSA1151
Certified Indoor Air Quality Professional
Registered Professional Industrial Hygienist
Professional Safety Consultant
EPA Lead RRP Trainer
State of Florida Certified Mold Assessor
State of Florida Certified Mold Remediator
NORMI CMR, CMI, CMA, CBA, CIS
Who Should Take This Class?
ANYONE interested in knowing more about mold
Certified Mold Inspectors for more training
Home Inspectors adding mold aspect to business
General Contractors doing their own work
Industrial Hygienists wanting more advanced training
Environmental Consultants need more information
Architects concerned about building Mold-Free buildings
Contractors interested in licensure for Texas, Arkansas, Maryland, Louisiana, and Florida
Contractor's workers who need to know but do not need licensure
*The ACAC logo is used here to communicate that this course prepares candidates to take CIE certification exams and does not imply a contract or partnership between NORMI and the American Council
for Accredited Certification. For specific information click here.