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New Mold Classes Scheduled

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

Abita Springs, LA

January 11, 2018

NORMI announced today that for the first quarter of 2018, mold classes are being held in a variety of onsite locations for both private companies and the local professionals.  These classes feature the propriety concurrent training approach assembling assessors and remediators in the same classroom and some are specifically designed to fit the business who requested it.

“We have seen a surge of interest in our mold classes,” said Doug Hoffman, Executive Director of NORMI, “because our private classes can be uniquely tailored to fit the business for whom we’re training.  And they are fun, interesting, innovative and engaging.  In those cases where the business owner wants a class without his competition in the room, we take our basic course and make it fit his business model so he gets the exactly what his guys need without any extraneous material.  Saves him money and time.  We now have classes planned in New York, Florida, North Carolina, California and the Virgin Islands to meet the needs of our client.  It’s an exciting time.”

Lance Eisen, COO of NORMI, reported that the onsite schedule showing a host of onsite classes at the Best Training School website do not include private classes which are designed for a specific company.  “It great that we are flexible enough to be able to do this because taking our class to a specific company solves a lot of problems for the company that is too busy to pull all of their people away for a field trip to some other city.  This benefit is one of our best kept secrets.”

The CMA and CMR certification classes are designed, where needed, to fit the specific state where licensing is required and the NORMI certification adds credibility to the professional who is working in a state where licensing is not required.  If you’re considering a high quality training for your crew, give NORMI a call at 877.251.2296 or email support@normi.org for more information.  If you’re interested in an onsite public class at an established location, go to www.BestTrainingSchool.com and select the class closest to you.  NORMI, a dynamic leader for a dynamic industry.

NORMI Knows Mold

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

September 22, 2017

Abita Springs, LA

Doug Hoffman, Executive Director of NORMI, the National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors, held a FREE public seminar in Treasure Island, FL on Wednesday night helping property owners understand how to protect themselves for the health problems associated with mold.  Prior to the seminar, Fox 13 News Tampa Bay interviewed Mr. Hoffman because he is an expert on the subject in Florida to train mold professionals who would like to be licensed in Florida as either a Mold Assessor or Mold Remediator.

“Property owners are, and should be, concerned about the possibility of mold growth proliferating after an event like Hurricane Harvey or Hurricane Irma.  We don’t take the concern lightly and understand that there is a lot of misinformation on the Internet regarding this subject,” said Doug Hoffman, CEO and Executive Director of NORMI.  “We started training a year before Katrina in the New Orleans area and when Katrina devastated Louisiana, we were right there training professionals and holding free seminars for the public.  It’s what we do and people need to know the truth about the problem and how to clean it up.  Protecting themselves as either a homeowner or a volunteer is one of the most important things they can learn from this event.”

NORMI is an approved training provider for the State of Florida and offers an array of training programs for mold professionals through Best Training School.  Classes are now scheduled in Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando and Tampa to prepare mold professionals for the state proctored examination which is offered at the close of each class.

For the public, NORMI provides a wealth of DIY (do-it-yourself) resources as well as access to well-trained and certified professionals who can correctly kind the property owner through the maze toward a cleaner and healthier indoor environment.

For more information go to www.NORMI.org or contact NORMI at support@normi.org or call 877.251.2296   For training information, find course programs, training schedule and the exam schedule at www.BestTrainingSchool.com

Why NORMI ONSITE vs. ONLINE Training?

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

Abita Springs, LA

“I was able to ask questions specific to my business, touch the tools and connect with other professionals who could supplement what I don’t do.  It was a great way to build a team.”

“It was worth the investment.  Yes, I had to spend a couple of nights in a hotel but that helped me concentrate on preparing for the exams!  Definitely worth the cost!”

“It’s just hard to stare at a computer screen for hours.  I don’t mind an hour here or there, especially for continuing education but three days in my seat with no hands-on.  That’s not for me!”

NORMI onsite training has been the foundation for the strength of our organization,” said Doug Hoffman, Executive Director of NORMI.  “Getting people connected to each other, the trainer and the industry is much easier when there is an eye-to-eye connection.  Developing a team approach to any project is better for the client and protects the industry against charlatans.”

NORMI offers both onsite and online trainings, whichever suits your need.  Onsite trainings include hands-on, Q&A and proctoring exam opportunities, many of which are simply not available through online options.

For more information on NORMI training, see Best Training School, call 877.251.2296, or email support@normi.org

NORMI Water Classes Will Change Your Business!

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

Abita Springs, LA

NORMI, the National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors, announces a brand-new direction for mold professionals.  Water extraction and drying classes are now a part of the onsite training program offered to mold professionals, both assessors and remediators.  The classes are designed to educate anyone who does emergency drying or water losses to eliminate the possibility of proliferating mold growth.

“We are so excited to move into this arena because water extraction and drying is so misunderstood,” said Doug Hoffman, Executive Director of NORMI.  “The mold professional must know the proper way to dry structures, construction materials and contents and, unfortunately, the professionals most people are drawn to are unfamiliar with the proper techniques for drying and proving that it is dry.  I love the approach we’re taking because it’s about objective proof, not what somebody ‘thinks’ they’ve accomplished.”

The NORMI Mold Damage Prevention (MDP) class is the first in a series of five (5) trainings that will be conducted by Mark Wichern to improve the industry.  Insurance companies and the public wan a drying solution that is affordable and efficient.  Older techniques in the industry simply don’t work.

As an emergency services provider for water events like flooding, water leaks or other water events, you will want this training.  For more information, see Best Training School or call NORMI at 877.251.2296.  Insurance adjusters, call for special pricing and group training options. (ext. 876) or contact support@normi.org.

Dr. Oz Recommends Certification/Licensing for Mold Professionals

Sunday, March 12th, 2017

Abita Springs, LA  03/12/17

Dr. Oz completed a great segment on 02/27 dealing with toxic mold and the dangers the public may face when being scammed by unlicensed, untrained mold guys.  NORMI and the IICRC were upheld as “the good guys”, credible, national training/certification organizations that help clients with assessing and cleaning up mold problems in indoor environments.

NORMI, the National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors was founded July 4, 2004 to train and certify mold remediators under the State of Louisiana Mold Licensing Law.  Since then, NORMI has trained thousands of assessors, remediators and IAQ professionals throughout the United States and Canada.  Its certifications have been recognized by states who require training for licensure including, but not limited to, New York, Florida, Louisiana and the District of Columbia.

The mold profession has long been plagued with scammers, non-professionals who claim they can detect mold and clean it up.  Many of these do NO testing, are not trained building assessors and do not know that bleach WILL NOT clean mold.  Dr. Oz addresses each of these subjects in his well-written segment which include Mike Holmes, a builder and television personality who touted the importance of finding good guys like NORMI and the IICRC.

For more information, contact NORMI at support@NORMI.org or visit www.NORMI.org or call 877.251.2296 to find classes at a location near you.  Visit www.NORMIPro.com to locate a mold professional in your area.

FREE Florida CEUs for NORMI Members

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

ACTIVE NORMI Members have access to ongoing continuing education training every Tuesday night (48 times a year) in our BTS Training Room. These interactive webinars provide an opportunity for members to get ongoing training, news and other information regarding the mold profession. Unique to the NORMI organization, members are given the opportunity to “meet and greet” other NORMI members across the country on a regular basis and get their specific field questions answered.

NORMI is an approved training provider for many stated, including the State of Florida (PVD MRS0003605), and continues to offer onsite classes for CEU (continuing education units). The State of Florida requires each licensed Mold Related Services Assessor and/or Remediator to take fourteen (14) hours of approved continuing education during each renewal cycle (every two years).

The State of Florida recently approved NORMI CEUs to be given in a LIVE ONLINE format. These classes are offered at various times throughout the year and on specific Tuesday nights inside of the regular weekly training. ONLY ACTIVE NORMI Members may take advantage of this option to receive, over the course of a year, all the CEUs needed for renewal at NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE!

“We are pleased to make this announcement,” said Doug Hoffman, Executive Director of NORMI, the National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors. “NORMI continues to lead the industry in filling the void of training and this is just another high-tech way of delivering relevant and current information. Connecting our active members to the organization and to the industry through this member benefit is one of our unique offerings and we’re thrilled that the State of Florida has recognized its value.”

To become an ACTIVE NORMI member, go to the “JOIN” tab at the top of www.NORMI.org. For more information, contact NORMI at 877.251.2296 or email support@normi.org

Best Living Systems Donates Air Purifiers to Habitat For Humanity

Monday, September 26th, 2016

Habitat For Humanity Best Living Systems is know for their outstanding air purification and surface protection products, including the BLS12K air purification unit and EnzyMagic 201™.  Most notably, they are known for using the trademarked MCI™ (multi-cluster ionization) technology to provide the most effective air purification equipment on the market.

However, the company also participates in many humanitarian efforts. Having clean air to breathe in a home is of utmost importance to the health and quality of life of the occupants. If clean air protocol can be implemented after new construction, many potential issues can be prevented.

This coming Tuesday night 09/27, Best Living Systems is partnering with Habitat for Humanity to provide five fortunate new homeowners with free brand new air purifiers, featuring MCI™ technology, for their new homes. Habitat for Humanity is a worthy cause making a difference in local communities. Best Living Systems is pleased to be able to assist them with this program.

Thanks to Best Living Systems for making this donation!

 

 

 

NORMIProETF Offers FREE Air Purifiers to Flood Victims

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

Abita Springs, LA

September 20, 2016

 

The NORMIPro Environmental TASC Force (www.NORMIProETF.org) has announced they have created a “GoFundMe” account to collect funds to purchase and install air purification equipment in the homes of flood victims in the Baton Rouge, LA area.

 

“Nearly 140,000 homes were affected by the recent flooding and are, as we speak, in the middle of re-building.  What they need is a better quality home and air purification technologies will provide that luxury,” said Doug Hoffman, Executive Director of NORMI.  “The NORMIPro ETF is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) so all donations are totally tax deductible.  We will be able to help a lot of people.”

 

Donations can be made to www.FloodVictims.NORMI.org and will pay for the MCI™ Multi-Cluster Ionization technology and installation of this equipment in homes of applicants.

 

For more information, contact support@normi.org or call NORMI at 877.251.2296

Best Living Systems Donates EnzyMagic to Flood Victims

Monday, August 29th, 2016

Enzyme CleanerAccording to the Red Cross, “The catastrophic flood devastating Louisiana is now the worst natural disaster to strike the United States since Hurricane Sandy four years ago.”

One of the worst outcomes after any flood, especially of the magnitude of the recent Louisiana flooding, is the water damage done to the homes after the waters subside. The resulting mold and mildew can make a home almost unlivable. One of the best ways to rid a home of these harmful organisms is to use an enzyme cleaner that kills mold at the source. One of the best on the market is EnzyMAagic201 sold by Best Living Systems.

Fortunately for LA homeowners, Best Living Systems recently donated $1600 worth of product to assist in the cleanup of their homes after this natural disaster. This will enable them to remove the threat of mold growth in their homes at minimal cost. We encourage any other businesses in the area to also do what they can to assist these individuals reclaim there homes!

 

Hire a Pro or get a Con.

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

Abita Springs, LA  08/25/2016

OK, I got your attention.  Yes, that’s strong language and, of course, not everyone who is not a professional is a con artist but somewhere between these two extremes is the well-intentioned handyman who kinda knows how to fix the problem, sorta.

In these times of disaster recovery, we are fortunate to have so many faith-based organizations and wonderful neighbors who want to help.  Sometimes the State even suspends licensing laws to help expedite the re-building of a devastated area.  We are blessed to have so many people with a heart to serve.  However, this doesn’t replace the role of the professional.

“Well, Mr. Hoffman,” I hear, “there is so much work to be done that there are not enough professionals to go around…THEN what do you do?”  That is the question.  And the reality is true that there is so much work to be done that finding a professional is virtually impossible…you probably know because you’ve tried.  Renting dehumidifiers, buying enough good chemicals, hauling away the debris all become challenges each and every day.  WHAT is the answer.  We think we have one!

There are TWO guidelines that are incredibly helpful in knowing how to do the work.  The IICRC S-520 (which can be purchased online as an electronic book) and the NORMI DIY Mold Removal Guide (downloadable at www.NORMI.org) are valuable resources and they don’t take long to learn!  YOU could become your own Project Manager and know more than most about how to do this work.

There have been some “trusted” institutions who have recently foolishly suggested that it’s necessary to hire a professional, someone trained and certified in Mold Assessment and/or Mold Remediation.  So you hire a professional to cut your hair, work on your car and educate your kids.  Why would you trust your most valuable physical asset (the investment you’ve put in your home) to an amateur.  Get informed now.

Doug Hoffman, Executive Director of NORMI

For more information on NORMI, go to www.NORMI.org, call 877.251.2296 or email support@normi.org