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What Does Certified Mold Remediation Course Offer?

Technicians that want to improve their skills within the industry should consider getting certified in a mold remediation course. Water damage restoration companies need to be prepared to handle hazardous microbes as they typically represent the most serious threat in homes that have been flooded. This is not something that untrained professionals are equipped to deal with, as an infestation can spread quickly and will not respond to basic cleaning efforts. Instead, technicians will need the skills that can only be taught through an organization like the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC).

Fungal growth  induced by standing water is exceptionally dangerous as spores released into the air can be inhaled by the home’s occupants. This can cause respiratory disorders, inflame asthma, or cause serious neurological problems in some cases.

For technicians interested in getting certified, what mold remediation course does the IICRC offer?

The Applied Microbial Remediation Technician course, or AMRT, is the IICRC’s primary class for teaching professionals how to deal with this fungal threat. During the AMRT, students will learn how to deal with the infestation caused by either flood waters or sewage. This will cover how to identify, isolate, and eliminate infestation hotspots in the home. Students will be introduced to the best techniques and chemicals used during the process, ensuring they are properly equipped for any fungal contamination, no matter how widespread it is. The AMRT is taught over four days for a total of 28 hours of instruction and is offered around the country by a network of approved schools. Approved institutions are industry professionals with years of experience in their field and uphold the IICRC’s standards. Once the technician has completed the AMRT and successfully passed an examination, they can apply for status through the IICRC.

Water damage restoration professionals need to have an intuitive sense of where mold growth may occur. If water is allowed to stand for more than 48 hours, fungal growth  has an excellent opportunity to take hold, as wet textiles, wood and drywall can all accelerate its presence. Professionals will first search through the home for possible infestation spots and remove any materials that are compromised. Portions of drywall, baseboards, casings and insulation are typically removed when water has stood for a significant length of time.

Another IICRC class, the Applied Structural Drying Technician (ASD), teaches students how to properly dry materials, an important skill when trying to halt fungal growth. Technicians who pass the ASD course can take moisture readings in the home and accelerate drying through the use of directional air fans and dehumidifiers.

What are the benefits of getting certified through the IICRC’s mold remediation course?

Registrants of the IICRC that apply for and approved for Certified Firm status are placed in the organization’s locator database for additional visibility among consumers. These approved organizations  can also use the IICRC’s marketing materials and logos, helping consumers decide at a glance which technicians they can trust. Homeowners respond well to IICRC registrants, and several consumer studies verify that an IICRC education can set a professional apart from their competitors. In all, this can mean more business for the professional and additional chances for advancement in the industry.

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