Inspector Training

Mold and Asthma Trigger Inspection Training and Mentoring Program

RespirCare Analytical provides mold contaminant site assessments, inspector training, and analytical laboratory data review services. RespirCare Analytical has provided these services continually since June 2005. Prior to this time, the founder of RespirCare Analytical, Michael Buettner, was the Director of the Aerotech Technical Institute and the Strategic Markets Director for Aerotech Kalmar Laboratories, now known as EMLab P&K.

New Course Features and Associate Benefits:

  • RespirCare Associate “clone” website w/ basic seo, hosting and maintenance
  • Full Access to the RespirCare Associate Forum
  • Full Access to the Associate Marketing Library
  • Mentoring for “In The Field” Marketing and Online Web Presence Consulting
  • Company Profile (profile example) creation and management on MyTrustedBiz.Com along w/ free featured listing status (third party human verified customer review system and unlimited third party printable coupon system)

Upcoming Events:

  • To Be Announced

Inspector Training Dates:

  • Canada

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  • Phoenix, AZ

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Detailed Course Overview

As a participant of this course, students will learn the basic principles of BioContaminant Testing for mold and asthma trigger contamination in residential structures. Training includes hands-on equipment usage for swabs, tape lift kits, air sampling cassettes, and dust collection devices. Students will learn proper aseptic procedures for collecting biological samples in addition to chain of custody (COC) form and sample submission. Training will include laboratory report interpretation according to recognized industry and government guidelines. Unlike most training courses, this class includes ongoing student mentoring designed to help the student better understand BioContaminant Inspection procedures. The RespirCare Mentoring Program is a two-year program designed to prepare students for ACAC certifications.

RespirCare Analytical has trained over 800 students in the United States and Canada; many of these students are now active RespirCare Associates. Our training focuses on the steps needed to provide your clients with scientifically accurate and legally defensible data. RespirCare Associates are trained to seek reputable and defendable sources of information and provide it to their clients.

The guidelines presented during training originate from multiple reputable authorities, including the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), Health Canada, the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH), the American Council for Accredited Certifications (ACAC), the Council of Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards (CESB), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

Mold and Asthma Trigger Inspection Training Course Outline – RespirCare Associate Training

Introduction and General Requirements

The training curriculum will adhere to the following requirements:
• Length: 16 hours (6-8 hours classroom)
• Instructor Presentation by Power Point or Articulate presentation with voice over narration. Information presented clearly with examples and photographs where possible.

Student Materials:
• U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Mold Web Course
• Course Study Manual
• Sampling and Inspection Guidelines
• Sampling supplies: 1 swab, 1 cassette slide impactor, 1 tape lift
• Chain of Custody (COC) forms

Purpose
As a participant of this course, students will learn the basic principles of BioContaminant Testing for mold and asthma trigger contamination in residential structures. Training includes hands-on equipment usage for swabs, tape lift kits, air sampling cassettes, and dust collection devices. Students will learn proper aseptic procedures for collecting biological samples in addition to chain of custody (COC) form and sample submission. Training will include laboratory report interpretation according to recognized industry and government guidelines. We will also discuss marketing and business building strategies, including technological developments taking place in the Indoor Environmental community.

Instruction Schedule:
• 3 weeks of Self Study
• Weekly quizzes to track student progress
• One-day (8 hours) Classroom hands-on training

Self-Study Material includes:

United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) MOLD WEB COURSE (67Pages)
• Chapter 1 – Introduction to Mold
• Chapter 2 – Where and Why Mold Grows
• Chapter 3 – Finding Mold and Moisture
• Chapter 4 – General Remediation Issues
• Chapter 5 – Large Areas and Other Special Concerns
• Chapter 6 – Containment and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
• Chapter 7 – Evaluating the Remediation
• Chapter 8 – Communicating with Building Occupants
• Chapter 9 – Prevention
• Resource List
• Glossary of Terms

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) MOLD IN HOUSING (26 Pages)
• Introduction
• About the Mold In Housing Series
• What is Mold and why is it a Problem?
• Is there a Mold Problem in my Home?
• What can I do about Mold in My Home?
• What can I do to Prevent Mold and Moisture Indoors?
• Around the House (Checklist)
• Where can I find More Information

RespirCare Associate Training Manual (51 Pages)
• Disclaimer
• RespirCare Associate Course Description
• RespirCare Associate Training Course Outline
• Definitions for Training
• Biological Classification
• Understanding Bioaerosols
• Building “Dampness” and Mold
• Critical Factors Controlling Microbial Growth
• The Building Ecosystem
• Microenvironments
• Microbial Flora
• Shifting Ecology
• Microbial Volatile Organic Compounds (MVOCs)
• Mycotoxins
• Health Effects
• Gathering Preliminary Information
• Client Interview – Prior to Testing
• Field Notebook/COC
• Building Inspection
• Participants in Building Inspections
• Pathways
• Sample Collection, Visual Inspection & Documentation
• Sample Collection for Mold
• Recordkeeping
• Chain of Custody (COC)
• Hypothesis Testing
• Comparison with Existing Standards or Guidelines
• Accredited Laboratory
• Equipment, Tools, and Materials
• Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
• Remediation – Preliminary Determination
• Clean-up and Post Remediation Evaluation
• Biocides and Antimicrobial Agents
• Engineering Controls
• Isolation/Containment
• Signage
• Post-Remediation Verification & Data Interpretation
• References

RespirCare Analytical: Inspection of Indoor Environmental Quality for Biological Pollutants. Volume 1: Mold Sampling: Assessment for Mold Contamination, Allergens, and Asthma Triggers (18 pages)

Section 1: Guidelines for the collection of environmental samples to be analyzed for mold contamination

Surface Sampling
• Sampling Mold on Surfaces Using Clear Adhesive Tape
• Sampling Mold on Surfaces Using Wetted Swabs

Air Sampling
• Sampling Mold in Air Using a Cassette Slide Impactor

Dust Sampling
• Sampling Dust for microbial contaminants to include Cat Dander, Dog Dander, Dust Mites, and Cockroaches in Carpeting and on Surfaces Using a Vacuum Filtration Device

Section 2: Guidelines for the Inspection of indoor environments for mold contamination

• Level I Assessment: Guide for the Evaluation of Mold Growth on Surfaces

• Level II Assessment: Guide for Inspecting Residential Structures for Mold Contamination

One-Day Classroom Hands on Training
Introduction, Study Review, and Self-Study Examination

Section 1: Introduction to BioContamination including Asthma Triggers & Mold

• Bio Contaminant Inspection Business Basics
• Mycology 101
• Sources of Mold Contamination
• Potential Health Effects
• Industry Detection Techniques
• Air
• Surface
• Dust
• The Remediation Process
• Basic Prevention

Section 2: Sampling Guidelines

• Pre-inspection Questions for Occupant
• Tape
• Swab
• Spore Trap
• Dust

Section 3: Inspection Guidelines

• Overview
• Visual Assessment
• Electronic Moisture Testing
• Chain of Custody
• Laboratory Analysis (Why we use EMLab P&K)
• Data Interpretation – USEPA recommends: “Experience in interpreting results is essential”

Section 4: Classroom Training

Morning Session
• Welcome and Introduction
• Administration and Schedule Overview
• Final Review
• Course Exam and Discussion

Afternoon Session
• Demonstrate Sampling Proficiency
• Demonstrate Assessment/Inspection Proficiency
• Demonstrate Equipment Proficiency
• Baseline sampling protocol
• Indoor Sampling protocol
• Chain of Custody Procedures

Students are required to have experience or training in home inspection, structural engineering, industrial hygiene, or other applicable industry profession, or hold a pertinent American Council for Accredited Certifications (ACAC) prior to this training.

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To speak with the course instructor (Mike Buettner)
call (602) 476-2522

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