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If you’ve landed on this page, chances are you’re in the process of launching your own mold remediation or assessment business—and we want to congratulate you! Like any other state, Florida has requirements that you must meet before you can legally perform work. The most important one is having a valid FL Mold Related Services license.
At Contractor Training Center, we understand that you may not be fully aware of the laws, rules, and regulations. If this happens to be the case, don’t worry. It’s why we are here – to help and support you through this tedious but rewarding process.
You won’t get very far without a Florida Mold license. Performing mold remediation and assessment work over 10 square feet in area without one is illegal. Think about it, if anyone could perform mold remediation, what would the quality of these mold remediation projects be without following industry standards and protocols? With our guidance, you will have this license in no time and with guidance every step of the way.
Our team of specialists is knowledgeable, experienced, and passionate about the construction industry. We help contractors start their business right and expand into related service industries. They understand this process from top to bottom and hold the best tools, and resources to prepare you. So, do you absolutely need a Mold license before you can start sampling or performing remediations over 10 SF in Florida? The answer is, YES.
Learn More About Obtaining a Mold License in the State of Florida
The Benefits of Having a Mold Remediator or Mold Assessor's License in Florida
When you sell a service to a client, they will often ask to see your license. Why? Well, because it makes you more credible. It shows that you have a license and have passed FL rules and regulations. Mold remediation & assessment laws vary depending on the state. However, in Florida, a mold remediator or assessor’s license is legally required to work on any project that has mold or microbial growth in excess of 10 square feet in area.
Gives You Credibility
Having a license increases your credibility, allowing you to build trust with your clients. There are other ways you can gain their trust, but this is a big part of establishing yourself and your business, especially if you're working with new customers.
Gives You a Higher Earning Potential
Consequently, there are projects that may have water damage or leaks that have resulted in a mold problem and in Florida you can't perform the remediation or determine the extent of mold growth without a mold remediator or assessor's license. With one, you can offer these mold remediation and restoration services, get more jobs, and increase your profit. More times than not, clients will pay a higher price to a licensed remediator as opposed to unlicensed handymen.
To be on the safe side, we suggest you go ahead and get your license. Think about it. Let’s say a large project opens for you. Do you really want to reject the offer because you are not a licensed remediator? A huge benefit of having a remediator or assessor’s license in FL is the higher earning potential it gives you. Clients are willing to pay a higher amount for a licensed professional.
Neglecting or putting off a mold remediator or assessor’s license can result in being caught illegally performing work. Not only does this mean trouble for you and your business, but it discredits you and results in a loss of clientele. You can avoid all of this by getting your license. We are here to make this process as easy as possible.
How to Get a Mold Remediator or Assessor's License in Florida
A Florida mold remediator’s license is essential for much of the restoration work that you’ll be conducting in the state. This may range from remediating mold resulting from a residential roof leak to commercial building mold remediation. A Florida mold assessor’s license is needed to determine the extent of mold growth in a building, determine the species of mold found and preparing a repair protocol to clean or remove contaminated contents. Following all FL legal guidelines will allow you to work without running into legal problems.
So, how do you get your FL Mold Remediator or Assessor license? In short, you need to pass an exam depending on which license you would like. For the Mold Remediator license, you will need to pass a state of Florida approved Remediator exam. For the Mold Assessor license, you will need to pass a state of Florida approved Assessor exam. ACICP offers these exams through an online proctoring system so it can be taken from the comfort of your home or office with a webcam!
Following these steps will help you obtain your Florida mold licenses in no time. At Contractor Training Center, we are here to help you every step of the way!
Meet the Initial Requirements
Before we go much further, you need to be sure you meet the requirements to apply for a license. You must be 18 years of age or older. Also, you need to demonstrate good character and meet the insurance requirements. In addition, you must meet one of the following requirements:
- 2-year degree in microbiology, engineering, architecture, industrial hygiene or occupational safety or related field of science from an accredited institution -and- 1 year of field experience (total of 15 mold projects).
- Minimum 4 years of practical experience evidenced by 15 mold remediation or assessment projects per year (total of 60 projects).
Determine What Type of License You Need
Any project over 10 square feet requires a licensed mold professional in the state of Florida. There are two types of mold licenses a contractor can hold:
• Mold Remediator - any person who performs mold remediation.
• Mold Assessor - any person who performs or directly supervises a mold assessment.
If you’re unsure of which type of license you need, consider the type of services you offer. Here are the definitions for each type.
Meet the Pre-Licensure Requirements
Regardless of the method of proving your experience, you are required to take a training course that explains the importance of water, mold & respiratory protection.
Take the Exams
After attending a training course, the next step is taking the exams. You can use any state of Florida approved exam. We recommend the ACICP exam which can be taken anywhere with a webcam and microphone! There is no preapproval required, however the cost of exam is a separate fee.
Contractor Training Center provides the Prep courses and the books, and the tabs needed to pass these OPEN BOOK Exams. You have 3 options on how to take the prep courses:
- You can attend live classes in Fort Lauderdale, FL at our live classroom location
- You can join in remotely via a live stream of any live class; You can attend the same class in an interactive format and ask questions and hear the questions from other students attending the same class from the convenience of your home or office
- Last, you can also purchase our pre-recorded classes that you can take at your own time and convenience
If you purchase the live class or the webinar, we also send you the pre-recorded version of the class for your follow-up study. You can review it as often as you like, and we give it to you for 90 days. If you feel that you need more time, then just let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org!
If you aren't sure which type of license is right for you, we offer a license start-up consultation where we will help you set up a plan for obtaining your license, available here.
Complete the Florida Mold License Application
After passing the state exam, the next step is to finish the license application. To do so, you need to know the type of mold professional that you want to be. Refer to the list above for a summary of your options. Also, note there are 2 types of Mold licenses that all require you to pass a state-approved exam.
The Application process for Florida is rather tedious, and we are often requested to assist in this process. Our Application Fulfilment Service is designed to streamline this process for you.
Applications are rejected, more often than not, by small technicalities that delay this process. Let us save you from frustration, aggravation, and procrastination and assist you through this process!
Preparing for the Mold Remediator or Assessor Exam
At Contractor Training Center, we will help you prepare for these important exams by offering prep services, tools, and support. If you’re a FL contractor looking to expand your services, or obtain a license to do Mold Related Services, let us help you pass the exam the first time around. Get in touch with us today to start this exciting process!
If you have a question about Florida Mold Related Services licensing, contact the State Licensing Board for Mold Related Services.