What qualifications are needed to inspect for mold in my state?
Our courses will help you become a professional mold inspector or remediator in most states except New York, Texas and Florida, which have special training or experience requirements. Many states are considering regulations or have legislation pending for mold inspectors. For this reason it is important to start now and get "grandfathered in" before new laws are passed. Contact your state government for information on pending legislation.
What are the career opportunities for mold inspectors?
Mold inspections, which typically start at around $350, have become the fastest growing niche market in the real estate industry. Mold has been called the "new asbestos" of this decade. A mold inspector service can become a highly-profitable new business, or can make an existing business ultra successful. With many states drafting mold legislation, the mold inspection industry will only continue to expand.
How do mold inspection and mold remediation differ?
Mold inspection, both residential and commercial, is the visual identification and sampling of suspected mold. The results of a mold inspection which may lead to mold remediation, which is the physical removal of the mold, which can cost thousands of dollars. Mold remediation falls outside the scope of a mold inspection. Mold remediation is a process that involves cleaning an area affected by mold, repairing it and if needed, correcting building deficiencies So that mold damage does not recur.
Why should I join a non-profit mold association?
There are several mold organizations to choose from, but many are operated by mold labs or for-profit training companies, which creates a conflict of interest when the purpose of the association is to protect and educate rather than generate revenue. BoiE graduates receive a $149 one-year paid membership in the National Association of Mold Remediators and Inspectors (NAMRI), which is a non-profit mold organization that does not sell mold training.
How do I take the mold course and how long does it take?
You can take the course 100 % online from any computer or mobile device. Quiz results save automatically to the cloud, so you can check your progress from any computer. The 90-hour mold inspection course is self-paced and can be completed in as little as 1-2 weeks or you can take as long as you would like. The 24-hour remediation certification course can be completed in a few days. Upon passing the final exams, you will receive a signed certificate you can print out.
Can I use your logos to promote my business?
Yes, we provide a range of certification logos in various sizes that graduates can use to promote their business.
What kind of equipment do I need to purchase for mold sampling?
Other than a respirator and protective clothing for hazardous locations, additional equipment depends on the level of suspected mold contamination in the building. Surface sampling is done using low-cost plastic tape or swab, while air and vacuum sampling require pumps and collection cartridges. You can expand your equipment based on the level of service you want to provide. The most popular equipment includes air sampling pumps, moisture meters, humidity meters, and infrared thermometers. We offer our popular complete air/surface sampler kit at a discount for students.
How do I select a laboratory for mold sample analysis?
There are many choices in laboratories, but you should use an accredited lab that is recognized by the American Industrial Hygiene Association. You should also look at cost, convenience, and turn-around time. Most Mold Inspectors pass all lab costs on to the customer, so you should make an effort to give your client the best value. As a Certified Mold Inspector it would be a conflict of interest to perform an analysis yourself, or to have any influence on the results of your professionally collected samples.
How do you compare to other mold training courses?
Mold seminars typically start at around $1,000 for a 2-day seminar, not counting travel expenses which can double the price. Online mold courses cost less than mold seminars due to lower overhead but watch out for additional hidden costs such as franchise and annual fees. We offer one of the best enrollment prices for an accredited school and provides everything you need to learn from home. There are no recurring or hidden fees.
Many mold courses and seminars are offered by mold labs or venders, not actual schools and are trying to promote their sampling products. Here, you will learn practical information, not theory. Our course material is aligned with accepted standards of practice for the mold industry and is updated regularly. Every lesson is concise and written in clear language that is easy to understand. Our course design allows you to interact with the material. Interactive features include flash cards that ask you questions and test what you have learned. The online exams provide feedback so you can identify what you still need to learn.
What are the career opportunities for infrared thermographers?
Infrared thermographers have important careers in predictive maintenance, research and development, power and utility companies, commercial roof inspections, building diagnostics, commercial electrical inspections, weatherization, energy audits, insurance investigations, indoor air quality surveys and many more specialized areas. Many home inspectors, mold professional, and restoration contractors offer supplemental infrared property surveys, which provides valuable information to clients. The opportunities for trained thermographers grow every year.
What is ASNT-compliant Level 1 Infrared thermographer training?
The past thermographer training programs varied, so there was a need to standardize the training in order to validate the capabilities of infrared thermographers. The American Society for Non-Destructive Testing (ASNT) took the lead, establishing Levels and guidelines such as SNT-TC-1A: Personnel Qualification and Certification in Nondestructive Testing, that established certification guidelines for private companies who train infrared thermographers. Today, ASNT-compliant infrared certified training is the industry standard.
Why do I need infrared survey courses in addition to Level 1?
Level 1 thermography teaches the fundamentals of infrared testing, many practical applications for thermography, and important uses for infrared cameras. However, Level 1 thermography does not focus on one particular field of Study. Each type of infrared survey requires a separate knowledge of components and conditions that are unique to a particular field such as building science, electrical, mechanical, etc. However, performing infrared surveys without Level 1 knowledge is the equivalent of doing algebra problems without knowing basic math, meaning you'll make a lot more mistakes.
What are the prerequisites for infrared survey courses?
Infrared survey courses have the following prerequisite:
1. Level I Thermographer Certification, or
2. 24 course hours in thermography basics, or
3. Equivalent infrared work experience.
Who should take the Infrared Moisture Survey Course?
Infrared Moisture Survey is a building science course designed for professionals who document damages caused by water intrusion, including:
An infrared moisture survey can be performed independently, or integrated into other reports or services. The
course teaches methods to locate and confirm the origins and extent of hidden moisture, to recommend a course of
action, and to produce a professional infrared moisture survey report.
Who should take the Infrared Energy Loss Survey Course?
Infrared Energy Loss Survey is a building science course designed for for professionals who document or verify the energy efficiency of building envelopes, including:
An infrared energy loss survey can be performed independently, or integrated into other reports or services
Such as energy audits and home inspections. The course teaches the major building components where energy loss
occurs, how to properly identify problems and recommend a course of action, and how to to produce a professional
infrared moisture survey report.
Do I need an infrared camera to take an infrared course?
No, and it is not recommended that you purchase a camera until you understand what you need. While students may own an infrared camera and practice with it during training, the actual coursework is mental, not physical. Any person can point an infrared camera and capture a thermal image, but it takes a trained thermographer to evaluate a thermogram, determine what is causing it, and provide a recommendation for dealing with it. Only after knowing the minimum infrared camera you need, and the maximum you can afford, is it time to consider buying, leasing, or renting a camera. Our training includes a camera buying guide, along with a list of camera vendors who offer PITI Students significant discounts on camera purchases and leasing programs.
What does the infrared course course cost and are you the lowest price?
You can view tuition costs by going to the enrollment page. At times we offer promotions, so the pricing may change. We do not guarantee the cheapest price, but we do offer an excellent value and stand behind our training unconditionally. Compare what we offer to anyone else who offers ASNT-compliant infrared certification training, and we think you will agree. We offer the only 30-day money-back guarantee in the industry because we care about your success.
Why should I join an infrared survey association?
Not-for-profit organizations help elevate the profession, educate the public, and help eliminate conflicts of interest. There are numerous organizations to choose from, however, many organizations exist for specialized fields rather than for general infrared survey. PITI graduates receive a $149 paid membership in the non-profit National Association of Infrared Surveyors (NAIS), where they can advertise services and enjoy the benefits of professional membership.
How do I take the infrared course course and how long does it take?
You can take the course 100 % online from any computer or mobile device. Quiz results save automatically to the cloud, so you can check your progress from any computer. The 60-hour Level 1 Thermographer course is self-paced and can be completed in as little as 1 week or you can take as long as you would like. The infrared survey certification courses can be completed in a few days. Upon passing the final exams, you can print out your individually numbered and signed certificate immediately.
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