Mold Inspection Course | Mold Assessment Course Objectives

Lesson 1: Common Terminology
Learn the common terminology used in mold inspections

Lesson 2: Understanding Mold
Understand the definition of mold
Understand characteristics of mold
Learn how mold grows
Understand differences between Mold, Mildew, and Fungi
Identify what is considered excessive mold
Understand your role in explaining causes of mold
Understand the concept of mold remediation
Understand the concept of spores and substrates
Understand your role concerning potential health hazards
Understand your role concerning hidden mold
Learn to recognize common areas affected by mold
Learn to recognize toxic or unsafe mold

Lesson 3: Effects on Humans
Understand the harmful effects on humans
Understand how molds attack
Understand the risks of Inhalation Exposures
Learn about Sensitization and Allergic Reactions
Learn about Sinusitis
Learn about Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis
Understand health problems associated with mold
Understand by-product reactions
Learn the risks of ingestion exposures
Learn techniques for treatment and prevention

Lesson 4: Effects on Homes
Learn about the costs of mold damage
Learn about the costs of remediation
Understand the effects on homes
Learn how the insurance industry is affected
Understand how to correct construction flaws that cause damage
Learn where to look for mold
Learn the warning signs of mold

Lesson 5: Detection Equipment
Understand the ways mold can be detected
Learn about the common tools related to mold inspections
Understand where mold can be found
Learn about mold related safety equipment
Learn the common signs & locations of mold infestations

Lesson 6: Mold Sampling
Understand the different methods of sampling
Know what type of equipment is needed
Understand what method of sampling to use
Learn the benefits and drawbacks of sample types
Understand the concept of tape sampling
Understand the concept of swab sampling
Understand the concept of bulk sampling
Understand the concept of air sampling
Understand the safety considerations when sampling

Lesson 7: Standards of Practice
Understand the government's position on mold exposure
Define the terminology used in NAMI mold standards
Understand the purpose and scope of NAMI standards
Understand the limitations of a mold inspection
Identify areas of the grounds, exterior, structure, plumbing, interior, and HVAC which are to be inspected
Identify areas which are included from a mold inspection
Understand when to collect tape and swab samples
Understand standardized procedures for air sampling

Lesson 8: Grounds Inspection
Evaluate the grading near the structure
Determine if microbial growth exists near structure
Identify areas that slope towards structure
Determine if water erosion is observed
Identify vegetation too close to structure
Evaluate the general drainage near structure
Evaluate retaining walls near the structure
Identify water sources affecting structure

Lesson 9: Exterior Inspection
Determine if porch/deck/patio has microbial growth
Identify signs of deterioration on exterior surfaces
Identify cracks or open penetrations on exterior surfaces
Evaluate the condition of steps to building
Determine if windows/window wells have microbial growth
Identify deteriorated exterior grout or caulking
Determine if earth-to-wood contact is present
Evaluate exterior doors for microbial growth or water damage
Evaluate exposed exterior wood for signs of dryrot
Determine if eaves/soffits have microbial growth/water damage
Determine whether gutters and downspouts have microbial
growth or water damage
Identify damaged or nonfunctional gutters and downspouts
Identify microbial growth or water damage on chimney
Identify damaged or nonfunctional chimney flashing
Lesson 10: Structure Inspection
Determine if foundation has microbial growth or water damage
Identify signs of deterioration on structural components
Identify cracks or open penetrations on structure
Evaluate the condition of columns or peers
Determine if roof has visible microbial growth or water damage
Determine if attic has visible microbial growth or water damage
Evaluate the condition of attic insulation and ventilation
Identify the presence of musty odors or dampness
Determine if basement has visible microbial growth or water damage
Evaluate the condition of crawlspace vapor barriers and ventilation
Evaluate the condition of basement/crawlspace insulation
Determine if garage has visible microbial growth or water damage
Evaluate the condition of garage insulation and ventilation


Lesson 11: Plumbing Inspection
Determine if sinks/drains have microbial growth or water damage
Identify Corrosion or deterioration on plumbing fixtures
Identify evidence of past plumbing supply leaks
Identify deteriorated grout or caulking on fixtures
Identify cracks or open penetrations in plumbing system
Determine if Shower/tubs have microbial growth or water damage
Determine if toilets have microbial growth or water damage
Identify signs of potential water intrusion from plumbing
Determine if supply/vent/waste pipes have microbial growth or water damage
Identify Corrosion or deterioration on plumbing pipes
Identify evidence of supply/vent/waste pipe leaks
Determine if water heater has microbial growth or water damage
Determine if water heater has proper extension

Lesson 12: Interior Inspection
Determine if interior windows have visible microbial growth or water damage
Identify cracks or open penetrations on interior Windows
Identify deteriorated grout or caulking interior Windows
Determine if kitchen has microbial growth or water damage
Determine if areas beneath sinks are deteriorated
Identify the presence of water staining on interior
Identify the presence of interior musty odors or dampness
Identify the presence of carpeting in potentially wet areas
Determine if bathroom has microbial growth or water damage
Evaluate the condition of bathroom and kitchen ventilation
Determine if bedrooms have microbial growth or water damage
Determine if laundry room has microbial growth or water damage
Determine if other rooms or storage areas have visible signs of microbial growth or water damage

Lesson 13: HVAC Inspection
Determine if the filter has signs of microbial growth or water damage
Identify the presence of musty odors or dampness in the filter
Determine if the return air box has signs of microbial growth or water damage
Identify cracks or open penetrations in the return air box
Identify corrosion, deterioration, or water stains
Determine if the visible condensate drain or pump lines have microbial growth or water damage
Evaluate condensate drain lines for blockage
Determine if the humidifier has microbial growth or water damage
Identify cracks or open penetrations on humidifier
Determine if visible areas of the ducts and vents have signs of microbial growth or water damage
Identify cracks or open penetrations on the ducts and vents

Lesson 14: Mold Reporting
Understand Reporting Methodologies
Understand the Pre-Inspection Agreement
Learn how to perform a professional inspection
Understand how to present a report summary
Learn how to review the report with the client

Lesson 15: Mold Treatment
Understand the concept of mold remediation
Learn about different treatment methods
Learn about different remediation techniques
Understand how to contain the mold from spreading
Understand how to kill the mold and remove it
Learn how to protect the cleaned area

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