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Mold Removal Specialist


The IICRC has developed a "Standalone Certification exam" for professionals in the mold remediation industry. The Mold Removal Specialist (MRS) certification exam will certify that successful candidates meet all state licensing requirements.

The Mold Removal Specialist (MRS) certification recognizes professionals who have the knowledge and skills necessary to: perform mold remediation for structures and contents; design and maintain containment; control pressure differentials; safely work in mold contaminated environments; understand common remediation work practices;  review protocols; design and implement remediation processes;  understand and follow industry standards and legal requirements; recognize conditions conducive for causing mold growth; and prevent amplification and contamination for a variety of building environment types

The successful candidate of the MRS certification program will be trained and experienced to follow directions and specifications unsupervised. The successful candidate will be qualified to perform work that conforms to mold remediation specifications following established procedures for quality control and specification modifications.

The certification does not imply that a certificate holder is considered or qualified to be an onsite decision-maker for activities that require advanced expertise such as implementing quality control procedures, developing or changing specifications, performing assessments or post remediation verification, conducting safety audits or making complex Industrial Hygiene and safety decisions.

The MRS certification is the industry’s premiere certification and is far more rigorous than most professional credentials. It is highly prized by employers because it is based on repeatable, proven work.

Anyone who has been in the mold industry for more than one year qualifies to sit for IICRC Mold Removal Specialist Exam. The Mold Removal Specialist (MRS) certification does not replace the current Applied Microbial Restoration Technician (AMRT) exam; it is an additional level of certification.

The differences between the MRS certification and the AMRT certification are:

  -  There are no continuing education requirements – only an annual renewal fee of $150 and a re-certification exam every five years for a fee of $200.

  -  The actual exam will be completed at a testing center located closest to you.

  -  While strongly encouraged, no training or prerequisite are required to take the exam.

  -  This is the first IICRC exam not associated with a specific training course.    

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