How to Become Trained in Mold and Water Restoration
If you are thinking of becoming a mold assessment or remediation contractor in the state of Florida, then you need to understand the legal requirements concerning personal protection, safety, and mold removal? Let’s take a closer look.
How to Become Trained For The Job
Some states don’t require you to receive formal licensing, but Florida does. In 2010 the Mold / Inspection legislation (SB2234) was signed into law. The law regulates the Mold Inspection and Mold Remediation Industry and states that individuals providing Mold Inspections and Mold Remediation will need a license and businesses will need to be certified.
1. Understand the educational requirements.
In order to get certified, a contractor must have a 2-year degree and must also demonstrate a minimum of one year of documented field experience in microbial sampling or investigations, and documented training in water, mold, and respiratory protection. In addition, they must have training in the use of PPE and pass a state examination
2. Learn The Skills and Get Certified.
For many just starting out, the educational path to certification is two-fold. The required 2-year Associate of Arts degree can be obtained from an accredited institution, such as a state college or community college. This is followed by specialized training courses through vocational programs or online classes and sitting for the state licensing examination.
Don’t forget, there must be 1-year of documented field experience, so candidates may want to “apprentice” or intern with a local company while preparing for the licensing exam.
3. Start Your Business.
Once you’re certified and trained on the subject of mold and water restoration you can start selling your services to people. However, you will soon find that running a business is more than just knowing how to do the work. You must stay current on licensing laws and regulations and also laws governing independent contractors.
4. Culture Customer Relationships.
A firm handshake between two people is a reassuring action that promotes trust between two parties. Showing that you are trustworthy and have the right credentials can impact customer relationships resulting in healthy growth for your business. Learning relational skills in a field such as mold and water restoration can benefit your reviews causing you to gain even more business down the road. Showing a professional and likable face as you do your job leaves a sense of a job well done with your customers. Making this a priority and learning to do it is very important to have in your skillset.
What is the Mission of RAF?
RAF’s purpose is to protect the rights and make the voices of honest, hard-working, independent contractors heard. We advocate for professionals in the mold, fire, water, and wind damage industry. If you are interested in becoming a member of RAF or have any further questions, call us today.