Florida Mold Professionals Now Need a License


Florida mold professionals now need a license

New certification rules take effect this monthBy DICK HOGAN • dhogan@news-press.com • July 12, 2010

1:10 A.M. — Starting this month, people who test for mold and remove it will have to have a state license — and some Lee County mold specialists say they couldn't be happier.

"I've been anticipating it for three years now, since when it was announced in July 2007," said Dan Reid of Intuitive Environmental Solutions, a Fort Myers-based mold-assessing company. "It's going to take out a lot of people who in my opinion should not be doing it. They took the four- or eight-hour course and they are now 'certified.'"
Reid, who's a microbiologist, takes a microscope out on inspections so he can determine immediately if mold is present.
Under the new regulations, existing mold inspectors and remediators have until March 1 to submit evidence of three years of experience to the state Department of Business and Professional Regulation, or pass an examination and complete at least 60 hours of education for an assessor or 30 for a remediator, according to the DBPR


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