NORMI, The National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors announced today that their first licensure class for the State of New York Labor Law has been set for 12/01-04 in Syracuse, NY at the offices of CleanTec Enterprises. The flyer for this class has been emailed to prospective students and the class details have been posted on the Best Training School website on a special page for the New York Labor Law. NORMI has been approved as MTP-005
“We are very excited about our class because we take a very unique approach to this industry,” said Doug Hoffman, Executive Director of NORMI. “We believe assessors must know what remediators do and remediators must know what assessors do so we train them in the same classroom. In the case of the New York license, the Assessor needs 32 hours, the Remediation Contractor needs 24 hours and the Abatement Worker needs 16 hours before applying for licensure. The first day we have only assessors, then the remediation contractors join us the second day and we have all three disciplines the third and fourth day. It maximizes our ability to teach a singular message and a group of mold professionals who need to know how to work together!” The curriculum for each discipline is listed at Best Training School.
NORMI has been training mold professionals since 2004 when Louisiana established the first licensing law for remediators and since that time has become an approved training provider for Louisiana, Florida and now New York. Other states are moving toward licensure and initial training is almost always included in the requirements. “There are some organizations in the marketplace that tout the fact they don’t require training for certification but that ignores the dynamic nature of the industry and the importance of professionals staying up with the techniques and equipment changes,” said Lance Eisen, COO of NORMI. “Fortunately the states are seeing the need for basic training AND experience. It just doesn’t make sense to hold a license holder responsible for a law he’s not been trained in so these legislatures are moving in the right direction! We’re glad they are seeing the needs in the industry.”
“The mold industry has been riddled with ‘fly-by-night’ operators who decided they could make a lot of money at the owner’s expense,” said Linda Eicher, BTS National Training Director. “Requiring a license is the direction each state should take, not for the purpose of telling mold professionals how to do their job any more than they should tell a surgeon how to perform surgery, but to regulate the bad guys and get them out of the industry. That’s the best way to protect the public.”
NORMI has been involved in the legislative process for many years and served as a stake holder for multiple states in their process of establishing guidelines and standards of practice. For more information on the New York Labor Law or other state requirements, see our website at www.NORMI.org or call 877.251.2296