Archive for November, 2009

Chinese Drywall Education

Friday, November 6th, 2009

Doug Hoffman, Executive Director of NORMI, National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors, attended the two-day Chinese Drywall Symposium in Tampa, FL prepared by the Florida Department of Public Health in conjunction with the UF Hinkley Center, EPA, and CPSC (Consumer Public Safety Commission).  The two-day symposium was a technical symposium specifically designed to discuss the origins of the problem, testing techniques for corrosive drywall, remediation methodologies, and health considerations.  In attendance was Senator Bill Nelson, Senior Senator from the State of Florida who has been on the forefront of this issue coordinated the efforts of both federal and state legislative regulators.  He addressed the crowd of 300 professionals giving them hope that the state is committed to finding and solving the problems associated with the tainted drywall.
“This was one of the most informative meetings I’ve attended,” reported Mr. Hoffman, “and absent of the typical hype associated with these kinds of problems.  At this symposium the presenters were able to give some specific testing results and definitive opinions about potential solutions, however, they recognized their limitations and admitted that the final solutions might, in fact, come from the private sector.  All in attendance agreed that more testing, both clinical and field testing, is needed.  Now, as a result of this meeting, we are asking Best Training School, our training provider partner, to develop specific training for the remediation of tainted drywall.  This training will take the best information available and train professionals on the safest techniques for this process.  We imagine there will also be a lot of interest in this training from the homeowners who may want to supervise any work that might be done on their homes.”
As a result of Mr.Hoffman’s request, Best Training School is now incorporating a module on Chinese Drywall Remediation into its five-day CMR (Certified Mold Remediation) class.  “We believe there will be a lot of construction professionals who will be interested in following the guidelines presented in this training and the remediators will have an advantage as this will expand their training,” said Lance Eisen, COO for NORMI.  “When it comes right down to it, who is better qualified to remove corrosive drywall than someone who has been trained in mold remediation, hazard disposal, containment and PPE?  Adding this module just makes sense.”
For more information about the classes, go to or call NORMI at 877.251.2296

Proctored Exams Upgraded

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

NORMI, the National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors has introduced the first of its kind, proctored interview exam for those interested in becoming certified as a Mold Assessor (CMA) or Mold Remediator (CMR).  Managed by the NORMI Compliance and Standards Division, the two-part examination now guarantees that the applicant has a clear understanding of the work he intends to perform as an assessor, investigator, or remediator in the mold industry.

“We have always taken our examination processes seriously and tried to develop a way to insure that those who are working in the mold industry truly understand the problems with which they are dealing and the potential downside litigation that exists when they fail to do it right,” commented Doug Hoffman, Executive Director of NORMI.  “This interview process provides a one-on-one opportunity for Joe Lombardi, our Director of Compliance and Standards Division to discuss with the applicant any questions they answered incorrectly and talk about how they intend to build a solid business, keep their insurance current, understand the re-certification process, and meet the current applicable licensing laws.  It’s a terrific way to be sure the public is protected from incompetent work.”

Effective immediately, the new proctored interview becomes a part of the Mold Assessor/Investigator and Mold Remediation certifications and the NORMI Board of Directors anticipates expanding this program to all certifications after January 1, 2010.

Lance Eisen, NORMI Chief of Operations, responded, “With mold licensing laws now in place in the States of Maryland, Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Florida it becomes more important than ever to separate the trained from the untrained.  This proctored interview program takes our certifications to a new level.  Never before has the industry required this kind of scrutiny and we are proud to separate ourselves out as a leader in the mold industry, an industry that has been fraught with fraud and misinformation.  The public can be sure that when they hire a NORMI Certified Mold Assessor or NORMI Certified Mold Remediator, they are hiring someone who knows what they are doing.”

For more information on training contact or call 888.856.4803 and for more information about the NORMI Certifications or Proctored Examination/Interview Process, contact 877.251.2296, Compliance and Standards Division.