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NORMI Courses Recognized by ASHI

Friday, November 6th, 2015

Abita Springs, LA


NORMI, the National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspector, is happy to announce that it received confirmation today from ASHI®, the American Society of Home Inspectors, that after reviewing the course material, speaker qualification, class length, etc. for content, quality and pertinence to home inspection professionals, announced that participants who successfully attend the designated program are eligible to receive the number of Continuing Education Credits (CEs) in the amount of 1 hour for 1 hour.  An example of the designation on each applicable course website will read as follows: Certified Mold Assessor Course is approved for 24 hours of ASHI® Continuing Education Credits.

“Many Home Inspectors in the State of New York do not realize that they will be required to get licensed in New York as a Mold Assessor,” said Doug Hoffman, Executive Director of NORMI.  “We have been training Home Inspectors in Florida for years on the assessment process because they are often in situations where their clients ask about probable mold contamination.  The professional Home Inspector avoids the discussion unless he is trained.  For New York to be pro-active about filling this need is pretty impressive.  Our New York approved courses for Assessor, Remediation Contractor and Abatement Worker will provide the information Home Inspectors need to do their job correctly and, thus, avoid litigation.”

ASHI® has over 2200 members in the State of New York and over 3000 in the State of Florida so we have a lot of opportunity to train Home Inspectors,” said Linda Eicher, National Training Director for Best Training School.  “Attending our licensing class and getting their re-certification credits toward their ASHI® Certification is a win-win for us and them. NORMI provides training throughout the US and Canada for licensure and certification for mold professionals.”

The courses now approved by ASHI® include New York Mold Assessor, New York Remediation Contractor, New York Abatement Worker, Florida Mold Related Services Assessor, Florida Mold Related Remediator, NORMI Certified Mold Assessor, NORMI Certified Mold Remediator and NORMI Certified Mold Worker.  For more information on classes or certifications contact NORMI at 877.251.2296 or email


NORMI Approved by New York Department of Labor

Friday, October 16th, 2015

October 16, 2015

Abita Springs, LA

NORMI, the National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors, has been approved as a training provider under the New York State Labor Law and will shortly begin holding classes in the State of New York for Mold Assessor, Mold Remediation Contractor and Mold Abatement Work (MTP-005).  Required training for licensure includes 32 hours of classroom training for Mold Assessor, 24 hours of classroom training for Mold Remediation Contractor and 16 hours of classroom training for Mold Abatement Worker.

“The mold industry has been plagued with charlatans who have taken advantage of the public,” reported Doug Hoffman, Executive Director of NORMI.  “We are excited to be a part of these efforts to regulate this industry.  We are pleased that New York has seen the need for training to enhance the quality of the work because it insures that mold professionals are kept up to date with the latest techniques and technologies.”

Listed on the New Department of Labor website as an Approved Mold Training Provider, NORMI continues to build its training team by providing high quality onsite and online courses in IAQ (indoor air quality) and, specifically, mold.  Offering over thirteen (13) certifications, NORMI promotes the concept of healthier living through solution-based training.

“We are very excited that New York is including training and an approved proctored exam for each certification,” said Linda Eicher, National Training Director, “because that insures the public that those licensed in the State actually know what they’re doing.  NORMI prides itself in connecting professionals to our association so the active members are current in their certifications and training.  You can always find a well-trained professional at”

NORMI partners with local businesses to provide ONSITE training with individual companies or for the public to meet the applicable state law.   Training partners, like Best Training School, are using the following designations for the NORMI Approved New York license classes: NYMA (NY Mold Assessor), NYRC (NY Mold Remediation Contractor and NYAW (NY Mold Abatement Worker).  For more information, call 877.251.2296 x 833  Become a part of NORMI at


Improving Air Quality in Children’s Schools

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

Improving Air Quality in SchoolsPoor indoor air quality has increasingly become an issue in the school system. According to The Environmental Work Group, “Every breath matters, especially for their developing lungs, and approximately 75 million Americans live in communities with unhealthy air. In addition, the EPA reports that half of the 115,000 schools in the United States have problems linked to indoor air quality. So it’s not too surprising that 6.8 million American children have asthma, and the number is climbing.”

Improving the air in your child’s school is very important and EWG has a few suggestions on how to do that. For more information, read their article: here.

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EPA Launches Mobile APP for School IAQ Screenings

Monday, August 17th, 2015

Schools tend to be a hot bed for mold, mildew, dust mites, and other IAQ issues. Long ignored, school districts are starting to pay attention to the health and learning issues that can be caused by the air in their buildings. To assist, the Environmental Protection Agency has recently launched a new app to help school officials detect  indoor air quality issues.

“Kids learn best in a healthy school environment. Now there’s an app for that! This app puts a powerful tool in the hands of people at the state, district and school level to protect children’s health” said Janet McCabe, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation. “This mobile app is our latest effort to provide updated, user-friendly guidance to help schools identify, resolve and prevent indoor air quality problems, using low- and no-cost measures.”

For more information, click here.

American Lung Association Agrees That Poor IAQ Can Contribute to Poor Health

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

Poor IAQ Can Contribute to Poor HealthMany Americans are living or working in buildings contaminated by mold, mildew, bacteria, particulate, dust mites VOCs, etc. This very often can contribute to a variety of health issues. The American Lung Association says on their website that, “Poor indoor air quality can cause or contribute to the development of infections, lung cancer, and chronic lung diseases such as asthma. In addition, it can cause headaches, dry eyes, nasal congestion, nausea and fatigue. People who already have lung disease are at greater risk.”

For more information on the kinds of contaminates to be concerned about, and how it contributes to your health visit their website.

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Is Training Really Necessary?

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

Abita Springs, LA

Some people our industry view training as unnecessary.  Whether initial training or continuing education training, they view any legislation regarding licensing “unnecessarily burdening” if it includes a requirement for training, either in the field or in the classroom.  This seems to ignore some pretty important reasons for training.

“When I was working as a Roofing Contractor in the State of Florida, the rules and regulations, along with the Building Codes changed on a regular basis,” proclaimed Doug Hoffman, Executive Director of NORMI.  “Hurricanes and other wind events required the administrators of these rules to review them on a regular basis and make changes to the regulations as they needed.  Frankly, had I not been required to take 14 hours of continuing education every year for my license, I would still be nailing every single with three nails instead of five!  It’s cheaper and, after all, it was good enough for my Dad!”

The mold industry is very dynamic.  New chemicals are being developed every year that are less toxic and more eco-friendly.  New air scrubbing techniques have been produced which are less expensive and more effective.  The understanding of symptoms related to building illnesses is ever expanding as is the medical world beginning to link health concerns with indoor environmental issues.  How would a mold professional be incentivized to stay up with this trend if they aren’t required to do so?  Realistically, there is little incentive.

Many professionals come into this mold industry with little or no field experience.   They see an opportunity to make a lot of money but don’t have the skills or knowledge to complete projects expeditiously and economically.  The legal industry is jammed with lawsuits against incompetent and untrained contractors who hold themselves out to the public as “certified” when they got their certification through an online agency without having taken a single class.

The State of Florida is setting the standard in the industry for Mold Assessment and Mold Remediation.  There is little doubt that they have written a solid licensing law which requires both initial training and continuing education for its licensees.  Washington DC has followed their lead and, we suspect, more States will.  Louisiana, the first state to put a licensing law in place, requires 24 hours of training with an additional 4 hours of Law and Business Ethics.  Frankly, how else would a professional understand his legal obligations to the citizens of the state without such training?

We encourage all legislators who are considered licensing this industry to take a good close look at the elements of the licensing law they are requiring.  Require certifications from good, competent and credible certifying agencies who, in their certifications, require some level of training and field experience.  The public is relying on your expertise to protect them from the incompetent, untrained contractor who, just yesterday, was working as an unlicensed handyman.

For more information on the licensing requirements in your state or for information on NORMI, contact us at 877.251.2296 or

HomeAdvisor 2015 “Best of HomeAdvisor Award”

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

Abita Springs, LA

May 7, 2015

We are pleased to announce that thirteen of our NORMI members have been honored by HomeAdvisor with the “Best of HomeAdvisor Award”!  HomeAdvisor is the premier lead-sourcing program in the construction industry and NORMI members are encouraged to take advantage of the lead-sourcing they provide which benefits their individual business and the public.

“I am so proud of these entrepreneurs who have been certified with us, connected to us and provided outstanding service to the public,” remarked Doug Hoffman, Executive Director of NORMI (National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors).  These folks are doing exactly what we encourage them to do and have proven successful following our model.  Congratulations to them for their dedication to providing the best service in the industry!”

HomeAdvisor said, “Thank you for being a partner of HomeAdvisor. We value our relationship, and we look forward to continuing to develop and grow our partnership in the coming year.

“We are pleased to announce that 13 pros in your network have received the ‘Best of HomeAdvisor Award’ for 2015! This distinction recognizes top industry professionals based on quality, service and value in the HomeAdvisor network. These members were chosen because they exemplify superior work practices, are committed to first-rate service and provide a fair value for the work they’re performing. Only the top pros in the HomeAdvisor network are bestowed this prestigious award!”

Recipients of the 2015 Best of HomeAdvisor Award are:

Curtis Roberts Mold Inspection

Green Way Solutions

AirTech Solutions 4U

MicroClean Technology, Inc.

Integrity Air Quality Solutions

Residential Air Quality

Jose Technologies, Inc.

A Healthier Home, LLC

Environmental Services Group Carolinas, LLC

Pure Air Solutions, LLC

The Best Restoration, LLC

Gnl Enterprises, LLC

DMC Environmental Service

For more information regarding training and certifying with NORMI, see, contact us at or cal 877.251.2296  NORMI is an approved training/certifications provider for multiple states and offered thirteen certifications.

Top Ten Tips to Avoid Structural Mold from Broken Pipes, Ice Dams, and Flooding

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

Nonprofit Contact Person: Doug Hoffman
877.251.2296 ext. 876

January 28, 2015 (Abita Springs, LA) – A few simple steps can save property owners thousands of dollars of damage due to structural mold growth, according to Doug Hoffman, executive director of the National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors (, a nonprofit organization involved in providing training and certifications for mold and indoor air quality professionals.

Taking the necessary steps to avoid structural mold growth will not only preserve the integrity of a building but also the health of its occupants, further explains Kurt and Lee Ann Billings, authors of the book MOLD: The War Within, which details lessons learned from Katrina.

Disaster area residents must be proactive, act quickly, and use proper personal protection equipment when implementing the following ten steps:
1. Remove any standing water using a pump or a wet vac. If the water damage is from a broken pipe, be sure to turn off the water supply.
2. Remove wet carpets, rugs, draperies and personal belongings. Clear mud and debris from floors and foundation walls to allow the subflooring and foundation to dry.
3. Remove and discard water-saturated sheetrock and insulation 18 inches above the highest watermark to increase structural drying. Remove water-damaged flexible ductwork and water-damaged insulation around metal ductwork.
4. Remove all mold growth on remaining structural building materials by mechanical means or complete removal if necessary. The easiest and most effective way to initially clean mold from structural building materials is by using a commercial wet/dry HEPA vacuum, followed by wiping, scrubbing, scrapping or sanding for complete removal.
5. Don’t use bleach to clean mold. Bleach is an effective sanitizer but it will not remove mold at its “root”. The mold will look like it’s gone but it is not; it will only grow back.
6. Use sanitizers on any portion of the structure contaminated by sewage or flood waters.
7. Dry the structure out as quickly as possible as structural mold will begin to form in the first 24-48 hours. As soon as the above removal steps are completed, turn up the heat, circulate the air with fans, and use a dehumidifier to keep the indoor humidity below 50 percent. Hot, dry air dries things faster than cold moist air. If there’s no electricity, open windows and doors to get air moving to speed up the drying process, if weather permits.
8. Check the attic as undetected roof leaks can later become big structural mold problems.
9. Inspect windows on the outside of the structure, checking for damaged caulking and seals that could lead to future water leaks.
10. Don’t seal it up until it’s dry. Siding, sheetrock, and flooring repairs should be done only after the substrates are completely dry. Confirm moisture content by using a moisture meter.

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UVC fights Ebola with Air Purification Equipment

Saturday, October 18th, 2014

Abita Springs, LA  October 18, 2014

With the current concern about Ebola transmission, the question is once again raised about the value, effectiveness and efficacy of ultra-violet component technologies on destroying the DNA of micro-organisms and, subsequently, keeping surfaces clean.  Xenex, a company selling sanitization products into the medical industry (see video here) has perfected equipment that destroys all types of bacteria and mold utilizing the same technologies used in high tech air purification equipment.  UVC (germicidal wavelength) has been proven over and over again with peer reviewed studies, clinical and field studies to do the job every time!  Now this same technology is available to the public…not in big box stores but through NORMI trained professionals.

“We have known for years how effective UVC technology is on killing mold and bacteria in the air and on surfaces,” said Doug Hoffman, Executive Director of NORMI, “so we have made it an integral part of our training and actually been instrumental in developing new technologies that utilize these components in inexpensive home and office units.  I’m a big believer in the concept of active air purification and have said, on many occasions, that the only people who need these products are people who breathe.  Personally, I can’t imagine going into a hospital setting today without some kind of air purification protection.  We are passionate about fixing this problem and our training could be more timely in the midst of all this concern about Ebola.”

NORMI offers training on this technology at Best Training School under the umbrella of the NORMI Certified IAQ Specialist including an IAQ Basics 101 for free.  The public needs to know the value of technology like this to keep air and surfaces clean.  There are many companies who offer UVC technology but NORMI has specific training on the trademarked MCI™ Multi-Cluster Ionization technology sold in an array of products for home, office and hospital use at the Best Living Systems website.

For more information on this and other trainings, call NORMI at 877.251.2296 or email


NORMI Offers Remote Florida Licensing Examination Option

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Abita Springs, LA     August 2014

“We have received many questions regarding the Florida licensing law and want to clear up any confusion regarding that process,” reported Doug Hoffman, Executive Director or NORMI.  “Florida licensure is becoming a national model in an industry where such regulation is necessary  because of its reasonable approach to the industry.  Interestingly, the MRSA and MRSR license and NORMI credentials have proven valuable to mold professionals, no matter in which state they work.”

In November of 2013, NORMI was approved to offer the State of Florida proctored examination for licensure.  As a result, NORMI has partnered with many safety councils across the State of Florida to administer the proctored examination and applicants from all over the country are now finding it easier and more convenient to apply for the Florida license.  Simply by paying the examination fee, the applicant is directed to the proctoring location closest to him/her and given information on how to schedule the examination.  The examination, proctored on location, is then taken online and the results are immediate.  Verification documentation is then emailed to the applicant referencing his/her passing grade.  This testing documentation along with his training document are a part of the initial licensure requirements.

“Although the State of Florida does not require a specific number of hours of initial training (like the 24 hrs. the State of Louisiana requires, for instance),” said Hoffman, “those who challenge the examination are advised to consider taking a course in preparation for the examination (either MRSA or MRSR Prep Course).  The State of Florida DOES require documentation that the applicant has been trained (no specific hours) in ‘mold, moisture and respiratory protection’ and that training can be provided by a variety of training providers.  We have also been approved by the State of Florida to provide that training, as well as the 14 hours of continuing education required for license renewal.”

NORMI, the National Organization of Remediation and Mold Inspectors, offers fourteen certifications and is a non-profit certifying trade association dedicated to support mold and IAQ professionals in the industry.  NORMI is currently aggressively pursing licensure for every state.  For more information, contact 877.251.2296 or email