TEEX is offering three courses in mold assessment and remediation to help individuals and contractors meet the new Texas Department of State Health Services training requirements. Texas is the first state to regulate businesses conducting mold testing and cleanup.
The new law, which goes into effect Jan. 1, 2005, addresses mold assessment consultants and technicians, as well as mold remediation contractors, requiring them to have accredited training, testing and licensing. Mold remediation workers will be required to have in-house training and registration with the Texas Department of State Health Services.
“In 2004 the TEEX Environmental Training Program provided five 40-hour mold contractor courses that allowed students to sit for the Texas Department of State Health Services exam. We are currently preparing for state accreditation to meet the new Jan. 1, 2005, training requirements,” said Jeff Bowman, training specialist with the TEEX Engineering, Utilities and Public Works Training Institute. “Successful completion of the training will qualify participants to take the licensing exam.”
TEEX will offer a 40-hour training course for the assessment consultant, a 40-hour course for the remediation contractor and a 24-hour mold remediation technician course. Course dates and locations can be found at TEEX’s Environmental Training Program webpage. After Jan. 1, those taking the mold licensing exam(s) will be required to show evidence of completion of an accredited mold training course in the discipline for which licensing is sought.