New Mold Abatement Contractor Licensing Law Starting January 1st 2016

Buyer beware: Coming soon

Once again the perception of a conflict of interest has helped guide a new law.  Conducting mold assessments and remediation on the same project within a one-year period has always been a lightning rod for those who see the practice as ripe for needing consumer protection.

A new law requires home inspectors to inform the public of its requirements, some of which are quoted below.

Those who conduct “an inspection, investigation, or survey of a dwelling or other structure to provide information to the owner regarding the presence, identification, or evaluation of mold; the development of a mold remediation specification or protocol; or the collection of a mold sample for analysis” are considered to be doing a mold assessment.

“No person shall perform residential mold assessment services for remuneration unless that person possesses a valid national third party certification for mold assessment. The individual shall not own the designation; the designation shall be owned by the certifying body.”

“Certification holders shall meet certain requirements set by third party certification organizations in order to be recertified.”

“ ‘Third party certification’ means a certification approved by a national nonprofit organization whose programs are accredited by ANSI (American National Standards Institute), CESB (Council of Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards), NCCA (National Commission for Certifying Agencies), or any other accrediting body that operates in compliance with the ISO (International Organization for Standardization) standard for accrediting organizations. Certifications are credentials of industry knowledge granted to individuals by a certification body for a limited time.”

Industry newspapers reported on the bill in April of 2015.  According to Indoor Environment Connections, “there is only one organization in the U.S. with programs for mold professionals that meet these third party certification criteria.  The American Council for Accredited Certification (ACAC) operates CESB-accredited and NCCA-accredited certification programs for professionals in the indoor air quality and related fields, including various levels of certification for mold remediators and mold assessors.

Mold remediation and mold assessment certifications issue organizations like the Institute for Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), the Restoration Industry Association (RIA), the National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors (NORMI) or the National Association of Mold Professionals (NAMP) would not qualify a person in New Hampshire to be licensed under SB125.”

The final version of Senate Bill 125 passed and signed by the New Hampshire governor on July 7th goes into effect on January 1, 2016.

ACAC, as a certifying body, does not provide prep courses for our certifications.  Our premier independent course providers are listed at http://www.acac.org/certify/prep_courses.aspx

Additional information is available at the following websites.

http://www.acac.org/certify/NH.aspx

http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2015/SB0125.pdf

American Council for Accredited Certification

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