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ACAC offers the most widely recognized certifications in the indoor air quality industry.
Nationally renowned for integrity, credibility and independence, ACAC certifications are recommended or required in the following documents:
The Federal government specifies ACAC certifications for mold workers in its Unified Facilities Guide Specifications. http://www.wbdg.org/ccb/DOD/UFGS/UFGS%2002%2085%2000.00%2020.pdf (see, for example, section 1.2.16; page 5, item 4; and page 34, item 4; ).
The State of Maryland requires ACAC certification as a condition of licensing, requiring all license applicants to be certified by ACAC "or any other internationally recognized accreditation body that is recognized by the Maryland Home Improvement Commission (MHIC) and operates independently of training organizations or industry trade associations.” (Maryland Business Regulation Code, Title 8-701 (2012)). ACAC is currently the only organization that meets the law’s requirements.
The State of Florida requires license applicants to pass an ACAC certification exam. ACAC exams are verified as psychometrically sound and independent from training courses.
The American Lung Association recommends ACAC certification throughout its “Standard of Care for the New Hampshire Mold Industry: A Guide for Citizens Affected by Mold and Moisture in New Hampshire Buildings.” http://www.acac.org/forms/otherpdfs/alanhmold.pdf
The New York State Toxic Mold Task Force recognized ACAC certifications in its 2010 report to the New York state legislature. Current New York Assembly Bill A01466 incorporates findings from the Task Force report. http://www.acac.org/certify/NY.aspx
The Council of Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards (CESB) explains the relationship between independent, accredited certifications and state licensing in this short informational pamphlet.
Click the "Did You Know?" link at left for a summary of ACAC's distinctive certification process.
Specifying independent, accredited certifications helps protect the public interest and ensures professional results. ACAC suggests the following language for legislation or specifications related to mold assessment and remediation:
1) Mold and microbial investigation, assessment,
remediation, abatement and consulting services
shall be performed by individuals who are certified by the American Council for Accredited
Certification (ACAC) or another national, non-profit certifying body which:
a) is accredited by the
Council of Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards (CESB)
and/or the American National Standards Institute under ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024, and
b) is wholly independent
from training organizations, membership organizations and
industry trade associations.
2) Individuals shall not conduct mold or microbial
investigations, assessments or consultations
for a period of one year on projects for which they have conducted remediation or abatement
3) Individuals shall not conduct mold or microbial
remediation or abatement activities for a
period of one year on projects for which they have conducted investigations, assessments or
* The CIEC and CMC programs are
by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies
and the Council for Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards (CESB).
* 18 other ACAC programs are accredited by the Council of Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards (CESB).
* ACAC examinations are compliant with standards published by APA, AERA and NCME.
* ACAC is a member of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE), formerly known as NOCA.