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MRSR - Florida Mold-Related Services Remediator
What you'll learn...
"This MRSR (Mold-Related Services Remediator) 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, like the Florida Standards of Practice, and it is the MRSR'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 MRSR a solid foundation on which he can build a strong company." D. Douglas Hoffman, Author of Mold-Free Construction
This course is designed to meet the Florida Mold Related Services licensing law and can be used as a test prep course for the CMR and CMRS certifications offered by the ACCAC 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.
Students taking this course may choose to sit for the Florida MRSR 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.
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 MRSR (Mold-Related Services Remediator) is a fully licensed and insured professional, trained to meet specific state requirements for Florida DBPR licensure, who has completed at least 24
hours of education in mold remediation techniques including assessment, mold, moisture, and respiratory protection (PPE). Based on a NORMI proctored examination, accepted by the State of Florida for
licensure, this experienced professional develops follows industry standard protocols for either sanitization and remediation based on IICRC S500, IICRC S520, NYS Guidelines, and EPA Standards.
This class is designed to cover all aspects of mold remediation. Here is a brief overview of some of the areas we cover:
Understand the basic principles of microbial remediation as described and generally accepted as the standards in the industry.
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.
Appreciate the safety hazards presented by microbial remediation projects, and follow the procedures necessary to protect building occupants and remediation workers from such hazards.
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.
Properly address water damage in the indoor environment and understand the proper techniques for correcting such problems.
Perform structural remediation by establishing proper containment, engineering controls to prevent cross contamination and to protect worker safety and health.
Understand and potentially perform HVAC remediation by employing effective cleaning methods when appropriate.
Perform contents remediation by removing and properly disposing of damaged building contents and employing effective cleaning methods when appropriate.
Understand the inspection and assessment process and, by knowing these, prepare for post-remediation verification.
MRSR 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 should be a legible, comprehensive report and is a requirement for the protection of the MRSR and the client.
Certified Biocide Applicators Program This training covers the anti-microbials used in the MRSR 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
Florida Standards of Practice are discussed in detail as they apply to the guidelines utilized for mold remediation.
Florida DBPR State Licensing Laws and Legal Concerns 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 CMR 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 CMR 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...
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.