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Frequently Asked Questions

Does this certification enable me to practice mold inspection/ remediation in any state?

Not exactly. Our certification will train you to work as a Mold Inspector or Mold Remediation Contractor in all states. However, in certain states you'll need to take additional training and pass state exams as follows:

  • Texas requires that you take 40 hours of classroom instruction for each license from a licensed Texas trainer and successfully complete a State exam. (See Micro Training Schedule for Texas)
  • Florida requires that you pass an ACAC examination and meet certain educational and experience requirements. The ACAC is a certification organization, not a training organization. Micro's training can get you prepared for the ACAC exam. (See www.myfloridalicense.com and www.acac.org for more information.
  • Louisiana requires that you take a live 20 hour classroom training from Micro or others, and also a 4 hour ethics course.
  • Virginia requires that you take an approved live training and pass an ACAC exam and meet certain educational and experience requirements. See www.dpor.virginia.gov and www.acac.org for more information.

It is important to note that the mold profession is not currently regulated by most states, other than the states above, or the Federal government. However, numerous states, and the Federal Government are considering, or have considered, legislation. Check your state for more information.

How long does it take to complete the course?

The average person spends 20 - 30 hours per certification studying and preparing for the final exam. When you feel ready, each exam should take approximately one to two hours to complete. Note that because the training is correspondence-style, you can study the material at your own pace.

After I receive my certification am I adequately prepared to perform my first mold inspection or remediation?

Yes. Most of our students are ready to perform their first inspection or remediation project with complete confidence. There is a complete section in our course materials that walk you through the inspection and remediation process, step-by-step. In addition, we're available and have a toll-free phone line set-up to address any questions you may have.

How much money should I expect to spend on start-up equipment and supplies?

A professional mold inspector and/or remediation contractor needs to have the tools necessary to properly do the job. Micro offers exceptional inspection packages from $1,149 to $1,649 and remediation packages will start around $3,250. As with any business, you'll need to consider other equipment such as computers, office furniture, etc. as well as how you're going to market and administrate your services.

Do I need a degree in science or a construction background in order to understand the material and laboratory results?

No. As a Certified Mold Inspector your goal is to professionally determine the extent, if any, of the existence of unhealthy levels of mold in a residential or commercial building. Although any knowledge of science or construction would be helpful, your job is to gather samples, determine sources of moisture intrusion, and let the lab evaluate the level of contamination. Common sense, conscientious study of our course materials, and a general understanding of construction principles will help you achieve success.

Which laboratory should I use?

There are numerous laboratories equipped to perform indoor air quality and fungal analysis. However, only a handful are recognized by the American Industrial Hygiene Association. Good quality analysis and reports are essential points to consider. Do your research and let us help you make this important decision.

Where do I get my testing equipment and supplies?

There are numerous companies offering inspection and remediation equipment and supplies. Our experience in the industry has helped us find not only the best sources of equipment but the best prices as well. Naturally we'd like to think you'd buy from us but we invite you to compare prices before you place your order. Knowing where to order equipment and supplies will save you both time and money. Micro members get the benefit of "guaranteed lowest cost".

Is there really a market for such a new and specialized profession?

Absolutely! Mold has been described as the asbestos of today. It's been estimated that 50 - 60% of homes have mold problems. The industry will continue to grow as the public becomes more aware of the issues associated with mold. Be sure to stay on top of mold related legislation in your state.

How can my business capture a share of the mold inspection / remediation market?

It is important that your marketing efforts not only promote your business name, but also educate homeowners about your company's ability to identify and eliminate the dangers of mold. One of the best and least expensive ways to market your business is to create your own website. A professionally designed website is an essential component of every company's marketing efforts. Ask your Sales Representative about discount web design and hosting services from Micro.

Prices starting at $329.00 - Why so inexpensive?

Since MICRO offers a correspondence style course we are able to keep our costs to a minimum. No expensive conference rooms, speaker fees, etc. The savings is passed directly on to our customers.

However, we offer live classes as well, competitively priced to meet your specific learning needs.

What does a typical mold inspection entail?

Residential homes and apartments will comprise the bulk of the inspections performed by a certified mold inspector. Typically included is a complete visual inspection of the property and sampling if deemed necessary. The process usually requires 1.5 to 2.5 hours to complete.

What can I expect in a typical day as a certified mold inspector?

While actual mold inspections will comprise a significant portion of your time, many other activities are necessary. Finances, equipment, advertising and a website will all receive attention throughout the day. As your business grows, you can begin to hire outside assistance for office work or inspections. As with any business start-up, more hours will be required in the beginning as you become established. Note: Be sure to view our online classes that are designed to help you start and build your business.

What is mold inspection training?

Our mold inspection certification course will walk you through every aspect of the mold inspection business, from air sampling and moisture meter testing, to marketing and finances.

What experience is necessary to become a Certified Mold Remediation Contractor?

A background in the construction industry will prove beneficial when operating as a Certified Mold Remediation Contractor. Our recommendation is always to start with smaller projects and work towards more complexities as your experience grows.

What type of equipment will I need to operate as a Certified Mold Remediation contractor?

Much of your equipment needs will depend on the complexity of the project. As a minimum you will need a portable air scrubber, wet/dry vac and chemical sprayer in addition to normal carpentry tools. Your minimum initial investment will range from $2,000-$3,000. Although a significant investment, the additional profits brought in through remediation work will quickly offset the initial costs.