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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 […]



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 […]


NORMI Water Classes Will Change Your Business!

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 […]


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We often get some very interesting questions from our members, and others in the building and construction community. We recently were posed one that we believe would be helpful for the public. A roofing contractor recently sent us this message: “I saw your article about sodium hypochlorite not killing mold on asphalt roofing by Doug Hoffman. I […]


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REPRINT from Source: Roanoke Times 03/28/2017 A federal workplace safety agency has cited the Salem VA Medical Center for a serious violation for allowing employees to be exposed to indoor mold, thereby creating unsafe and unhealthy working conditions. U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspections of Building 75 at the Department of Veterans Affairs […]


Dr. Oz Recommends Certification/Licensing for Mold Professionals

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 […]


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Florida Mold Licensing Update

Time to Get Certified with NORMI

Some have put this off until the decision by Governor Crist was made regarding the Grandfather clause. It is NOW LAW! Signed yesterday, May 26, 2010 at 6:43pm by the Governor Crist, the law reads like this:

468.8423 Grandfather clause.

(1) A person who performs mold assessment or mold remediation as defined in this part may qualify for licensure to be licensed by the department as a mold assessor or mold remediator if the person submits his or her application to the department by March 1, 2011, whether postmarked or delivered by that date, and if the person:

(a)Is certified as a mold assessor or mold remediator by a state or national association that requires, for such certification, successful completion of a proctored examination on mold assessment or mold remediation, as applicable, and completes at least 60 hours of education on mold assessment or at least 30 hours of education on mold remediation,as applicable

So, how do you comply?

(ONLY CMA/CMRs who complete these steps can be qualified)

  • Get 32 hours of training that you need (assessor and remediation specific) by attending an onsite BTS class. Attend either the CMA - NORMI Certified Mold Assessor and ACAC CIE Test Prep Course or CMR - NORMI Certified Mold Remediator offered at Best Training School.

  • On the last day of these classes, a Proctored Exam is offered to those students who want to be certified. You can sit for this exam even if you haven't taken the hours but your test is MANDATORY for anyone wanting licensure in Florida under this statute.

  • As a CMA you will need to take, or be able to verify that you have taken, an additional 28 hours of training and turn that paperwork in with your license application. If you are licensing as a CMR you do not need these additional hours.

You must be Certified, ACTIVE, and maintain your certification if you want to continue to receive the benefits that NORMI Membership offers. The certifications expire annually, on the last day of February each year, NORMI provides a self-regulating webpage in its member section where you can record your recertification credits (20 per yr)

There ARE NO ANNUAL RENEWAL FEES, only your monthly ACTIVE MEMBER BENEFITS fee starting at just $9.95 per month which also gives you access to discounted classes and access to 2 hours of CE Training EVERY TUESDAY night in our NORMI LIVE TRAINING ROOM online. To review the features and beneifts of NORMI membership please go to .

There is another provision of the grandfather clause that allows you to be licensed and waive the training and/or proctored examination, if you can prove you have at least three (3) years of experience by submitting at least 40 mold assessment or remediation invoices. For many, this clause will prove more problematic than simply getting the right training. Of course other state licensing requirements, including examination, may apply.

NOTICE: If you have already been certified as a NORMI CMA or CMR, please DO NOT ASSUME that you will be able to use that certification as meeting this requirement UNLESS you've taken the class and the proctored examination after January 1, 2010. The proctored interview is still a part of the certification process but the proctored examination must be taken.

The ONLINE test DOES NOT QUALIFY. Therefore, in the State of Florida, all CMAs and CMRs that are not licensed by the state after having met their requirements, will no longer be given that designation by NORMI. It is our intention to promote ONLY licensed contractors on our NORMIPro site after July 1, 2010 so get trained, certified, and licensed NOW. There are many professionals who will be unlicensed after July 1st and we have no intention of promoting their UNlicensed status.

Who Can Sit for Proctored Examination

  1. If trained since 01/2010--if you have been trained at an BTS onsite CMA/CMR class since 01/2010, you may sit for the proctored examination at any upcoming class by simply calling 888.856.4803 x 801 to reserve your seat, at least one week in advance.

  2. If challenging the exam--if you have been trained or certified by a nationally recognized organization other than NORMI (or your NORMI CMI, CMA, or CMR certification has expired) and want to sit for the NORMI proctored examination and be certified by NORMI, you may pay for the NORMI Certification process and sit for the proctored examination by completing the "Accreditation Application" available at and calling 888.856.4803 x 801 to reserve your seat, at least one week in advance.

  3. If NORMI Certified CMA/CMR--if you currently hold a NORMI CMA or CMR certification, have maintained your NORMI Active Member status, and complied with your CE requirements, you may sit for the proctored examination at any upcoming class by simply calling 888.856.4803 x 801 to reserve your seat, at least one week in advance.

QUESTIONS about this law, our classes or certifications may be directed to or 877.251.2296


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