Mold Inspection & Mold Remediation Certification - How Can I Be Certified?
If you are looking to start a career in mold inspection or remediation, you will need to obtain the proper certification and licensing. In this article, we will outline the complete process for getting licensed in Florida. We will also provide information on the different types of licenses available, and what requirements must be met in order to qualify for them.
Choose Which Mold Professional You Want to Be
There are two types of mold licenses in Florida: Mold Inspector and Mold Remediator. If you are not sure which one you want to be, here is a good description of each:
A mold assessor is responsible for identifying mold contamination in a building. They will inspect the property, take samples, and test the air quality. Based on their findings, they will make recommendations to the property owner on how to remediate the problem.
A mold remediation contractor is responsible for removing mold contamination from a building. They will work with the property owner to develop a remediation plan, and will then carry out that plan.
NETI offers both the Renewal and Initial Licensing courses. The coursework for each is conducted entirely online and can be completed at your own pace. Most of the time, courses for these professions are offered together because the skillsets required for each are similar. There is also the option of combining both into one single course.
Once you have completed the required coursework, you will need to pass a final exam. Upon passing the exam, you will be issued your Florida Mold Certification/License.
Outline Procedure for Getting Mold Certification/ License with NETI
Choose Which Course You Need to Take
Before enrolling in any courses, you need to choose which course you need to take: a Renewal course or an Initial licensing course.
So what is the difference between the two?
If you have been previously licensed as a mold inspector or remediator in Florida, then you will need to take the Renewal course. If you have never been licensed in Florida, or your license has been expired for more than one year, then you will need to take the Initial Licensing course.
Sign Up and Pay for the Course
Once you have decided which course you need to take, you can begin the registration process on the NETI website. The first step is to create an account. You will need to provide your name and contact information to create a username and password.
Upon registration, you will be taken to the payment page. Make sure that an email confirmation is sent to you after completing your purchase. It is critical to remember that you must register for the course before the Monday of the week the course is being held.
Once you have successfully registered and paid for the course, you will have access to all of the course materials. These include video lectures, readings, quizzes, and the final exam.
Course Preparation for NETI
Have Course Materials Ready
You will need a computer or laptop with a reliable internet connection. Before the scheduled first day of the course, you will receive your study materials by mail. It is also recommended to have a printer print out any course materials that you may need. Take some time to read through the materials to become more acquainted with them.
Day 1: Virtual or In-Person Training
You will have the option to attend the course in person or virtually. The in-person course is held at NETI’s Orlando, Florida location. Allocate time from 9 AM and end at 5 PM to complete the course.
The virtual courses are live, which means that you will be able to interact with your instructors and classmates in real-time.
If you choose to take the course in person, you will need to bring your printed materials with you on the first day. If you are taking the course virtually, you will need to have your computer or laptop set up and ready to go.
You should also make sure that you have a quiet place to take the course. This will help you stay focused and minimize distractions.
On the first day of the course, you will be required to take a 50-question quiz. This quiz is designed to assess your current knowledge of mold and the mold certification process. The 50-question quiz is required for individuals taking the online distance learning course to renew their license.
If you are taking the initial licensing course, you must still complete the 50-question take-home quiz and take the in-person state test on Day 3. However, if you are taking the renewal course, you only have to take the 50-question take-home quiz.
Day 2: Initial Licensing VS Renewal Courses
For the online courses we are offering for the rest of the year after July, the Initial Licensing will be 2 days while the Renewal will only take 1 day. The second day is dedicated to enrollees who are completing their initial licensing to come in to take the state exam.
Day 3: In-Person State Exam
If you are taking the initial licensing course, you will need to come in on the third day to take the state exam. The state exam is a 100-question, multiple-choice exam and you have two hours to complete the exam.
Pass or Fail?
If you pass the state exam, you will be issued your Pass Letter. Meanwhile, if you did not pass the state exam, you may retake the exam after 30 days.
Department of Business & Professional Regulation
After receiving your Pass Letter upon passing the exam, you will need to submit an application to the Department of Business & Professional Regulation (DBPR). The application will require background checking, fingerprinting, and Insurance documents. This is the final step in the NETI process. You will also need to pay the required fees and submit any additional documents that may be required.
After you have submitted your complete application, it will take the DBPR up to 21 days to process your request. You will be notified by mail of the status of your application.
How to Check Your Application Status?
You can track your application status by going to this website.
The process to become a certified mold inspector or remediator in Florida can be completed in a few weeks if you are prepared and organized. NETI offers both initial and renewal courses that can be taken online or in person.