Archive for April, 2010

Challenging the NORMI Proctored Examinations

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

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 Standards and Compliance Division, the two-part examination/interview process 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.

In addition, those willing the challenge the NORMI Proctored Examination without having taken an associated course may do so by contacting the NORMI Standards and Compliance Division and scheduling, in advance, a seat at the next location. This affords an opportunity for those wishing to be accredited by NORMI to begin the process of becoming certified after they have met the educational/experience requirement, insurance requirements, and paid the associated certification fee(s).

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 examination/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 www.BestTrainingSchool.com or call 888.856.4803 and for more information about the NORMI Certifications or Proctored Examination/Interview Process, contact 877.251.2296, NORMI Standards and Compliance Division.

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