Mold Inspector Qualification and Certification
When looking for a mold and mildew inspector, it's likely that you will see professionals using the titles Certified Mold Inspector, Certified Mold Remediator, and Certified Environmental Hygienist. All of these are legitimate terms for mold and mildew inspectors. Different training programs use different terms for their certification.
So, what does the training qualify an inspector to do? Any quality mold and mildew inspection program will include training inspectors to do the following: mold and mildew testing, remediation, and prevention methods for residential and commercial buildings.
Testing includes looking for toxic mold infestations (such as the black mold called Stachybotrys), any kind of household mold contamination, any kind of bacterial contamination (like e.coli, salmonella, etc.), common allergens, including dust mites, cat and dog dander and cockroaches, radon gas, a whole host of VOC's (volatile organic compounds), as well as checking for lead in your drinking water and in any painted surfaces of a particular age or type.
Remediation includes removal of any infested walls, materials or surfaces, like wallpaper (which spreads mold easily when removed improperly), carpeting, sheetrock, tiling and other internal semi-permanent surfaces.
Prevention includes drying moist areas and preventing recurrent moisture accumulation, including educating owners and residents on indoor air circulation and property care to avoid any future problems with mold or mildew.
What all professional mold inspectors can do for you is to contain the mold from spreading into uncontaminated areas, kill the mold, remove the dead mold, and protect the cleaned out area against future mold infestations.