Becoming a specialist in the elimination of microbial contamination can translate into a considerable edge over the competition, and mold remediation courses are available in California to get you started on the right track.
If you’re new to this area of specialization, the first step is to sign up for an Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) approved Water Damage Restoration Technician (WRT) class. Here you’ll get a basic understanding of water damage, drying a structure, and, of course, a primer on mold contamination.
WRT certification is a need for your next step: the IICRC-approved Applied Microbial Remediation Technician (AMRT) course. In this 4-day class, you’ll learn the most advanced aspects of mold removal and proper remediation with the health and safety of workers and occupants in mind.
Once you have achieved AMRT certification, you can delve deeper into the subject with continuing education workshops, online learning and distance classes offered by IICRC-accredited schools and sponsors. This will help keep you up-to-date on technological advances and the latest industry developments. Continuing education is also required to keep your certification active.
Alternatively, if you feel you already possess the necessary experience to obtain certification, taking a Mold Removal Specialist (MRS) exam may be the right solution for you. This is a different level of certification than the AMRT, without the requirement of prerequisites or continuing education. Professionals with as little as one year of experience in the removal of microbial organisms qualify for the exam.
To find a testing center near you, or to learn more about IICRC-endorsed mold remediation courses in California, visit the IICRC website.