Education at IAQA
IAQA takes education very seriously and has a variety of courses to match your needs.
- Education at IAQA
IAQA offers the leading educational opportunities in the industry. IAQA members have access to training classes for workers, techs and supervisor/managers on microbial remediation and investigation. Advanced classes for IAQ consultants and facility managers are also available, and many courses correspond to the knowledge base and core skills defined by ACAC Council-certified programs.
IAQA members receive a discount on many educational opportunities. AIDHS members are entitled to a discount on IAQA University courses and may contact AIDHS for further information.
This page serves as an introduction to IAQA’s education program. For more information about IAQA courses, please contact IAQA Headquarters.
IAQA offers the most comprehensive courses on Indoor Environmental Quality Consulting, Microbial Assessment and Remediation. When consumers hire a professional consultant or contractor from IAQA, they will notice the difference when hiring a qualified IAQA member with independent certification from the American Council for Accredited Certification (ACAC).
IAQA recommends the certification programs of ACAC, which is a member of the Council of Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards and has certification programs accredited by CESB.
Prepare for testing by choosing from a wide selection of IAQA course providers all across the U.S., as well as online offerings for our courses.
An Environmental Consultant is a professional who can identify the causes of poor indoor air quality – even when problems seem vague or unrelated to visible causes. The Environmental Consultant is trained to see a building the way a general practitioner sees the body of his patient – as an organic whole with dozens of interrelated systems contributing to overall health. In order to diagnose the patient properly, the Consultant must be able to gather and interpret data from various systems operating in a building.
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The actual work of removing microbial contamination from a building is performed by the Microbial Remediator. This professional is trained to conduct remediation projects safely and thoroughly according to project specifications and in compliance with relevant government regulations and industry standards. Microbial Remediators have thorough knowledge and verified field experience in containment engineering, safety and emergency procedures, remediation equipment operation, cleaning, removal and restoration procedures, and project documentation.
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If the Environmental Consultant is a general practitioner, the Microbial Consultant is a specialist – a professional who concentrates on diagnosis and treatment in a single area of expertise: microbial contamination. Though mold is only one of many potential causes of IAQ problems, it presents unique challenges to building owners and facilities managers, and is therefore a crucial area of concern. The Microbial Consultant relies on detailed scientific knowledge of microbial agents to identify and account for microbial contamination and to recommend appropriate remediation strategies. The Consultant’s field experience in the design and execution of sampling regimens and his or her ability to interpret results responsibly allow him or her to conduct meaningful microbial investigations and to verify the results of remediation projects.
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IAQAware™ courses are introductory programs created to expand awareness of a particular IAQ subject for those who may be unfamiliar with the subject matter.
Jump into the most robust online education program ever created for the IAQ industry! IAQA University offers over 50-hour online courses on a wide variety of IAQ issues. These courses are perfect for individuals seeking to expand their knowledge of a particular topic, earn credits for certification renewal, or train employees.
The following is a list of 50 classes broken down into different section headings.
- Introduction to IAQ (IAQU 101)
- IAQ and Health (IAQU 102)
- Building Related Illness (IAQU 103)
- Preventing IAQ Problems I (IAQU 104)
- Preventing IAQ Problems II (IAQU 105)
- IAQ Management (IAQU 106)
- Handling IAQ Complaints (IAQU 107)
- Regulations, Standards and Guidelines (IAQU 108)
- Exposure Guidelines (IAQU 109)
- Mold (CONT 101)
- Bacteria (CONT 102)
- Viruses (CONT 103)
- Allergens (CONT 104)
- VOCs (CONT 105)
- Radon (CONT 106)
- Carbon Monoxide (CONT 107)
- Other IAQ Contaminants (CONT 108)
- Residential HVAC Systems (HVAC 101)
- Commercial HVAC Systems (HVAC 102)
- Media Filtration (HVAC 103)
- Air Cleaning (HVAC 104)
- Ventilation (HVAC 105)
- Ventilation Standards (HVAC 106)
- HVAC and Humidity (HVAC 107)
- HVAC Maintenance and Hygiene (HVAC 108)
- Introduction to Psychrometrics (BSCI 101)
- Using the Psychrometric Chart (BSCI 102)
- Managing Moisture I (BSCI 103)
- Managing Moisture II (BSCI 104)
- Gathering Information (ASMT 101)
- Walk Through Inspections (ASMT 102)
- Assessing Temperature and RH (ASMT 103)
- Assessing Ventilation and Pressurization (ASMT 104)
- Assessing Moisture (ASMT 105)
- Introduction to Sampling and Report Writing (ASMT 106)
- Air Sampling for Mold I (SAMP 101)
- Air Sampling for Mold II (SAMP 102)
- Surface Sampling for Mold (SAMP 103)
- Other Sampling for Mold (SAMP 104)
- Sampling for Bacteria (SAMP 105)
- Sampling for Allergens (SAMP 106)
- Measuring Particulates (SAMP 107)
- Measuring VOCs (SAMP 108)
- Measuring Other Gases (SAMP 109)
- Introduction to Mold Remediation (REME 101)
- Personal Protective Equipment (REME 102)
- Engineering Controls (REME 103)
- Contaminant Removal (REME 104)
- Antimicrobial Use (REME 105)
- Remediation Plans and Verification (REME 106)