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The followng information will help you develop an independent study-review course for these ACAC certifications. The Handbook for each program includes eligibility requirements, application procedures, examination information, recertification and reinstatement policies and the ACAC code of conduct, while the Exam Study Guide lists areas within each reference text that deal with specific examination topics.
Council-certified Microbial Consultant
Required: 8 years experience in designing and conducting microbial sampling regimens
Council-certified Microbial Investigator
Required: 2 years experience in designing and conducting microbial sampling regimens
Council-certified Structural Mold Investigator (NON-ACCREDITED)
Required: current employment in conducting microbial investigations
The Council-certified Microbial Investigator (CMI) and the Council-certified Microbial Consultant (CMC) investigate microbial issues in the indoor environment. For example, a CMI or CMC can perform mold inspection, mold testing and bioaerosol sampling. A CMI or CMC can interpret lab results and design an effective remediation protocol. Finally, these professionals can perform post-remediation sampling to verify the success of a remediation project.
CMIs and CMCs possess verified knowledge in disciplines related to microbial investigations and sampling. The certification examinations cover a wide range of bioaerosols and their potential health effects. They also deal with microbial sampling procedures and equipment.
CMIs and CMCs posses verified experience in microbial sampling, mold inspection or mold testing in one or more of the following settings:
Offices and commercial buildings
Schools and public buildings
To earn the Council-certified Microbial Investigator (CMI) or the Council-certified Microbial Consultant (CMC) designations, candidates must:
Demonstrate verifiable field experience in microbial sampling (mold testing)
Pass a rigorous examination based on broad industry knowledge rather than a course curriculum
Earn the unanimous approval of the CMI or CMC certification board
Re-certify every two years
Participate in 20 hours of professional development activities each year
Maintain the highest ethical standards
The CMI and CMC certifications are accredited by the Council for Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards (CESB), a nationally recognized independent accreditation body. ACAC certifications are the ONLY designations in the indoor air quality field to earn CESB accreditation. The CSMI designation is not accredited.
The CIEC and CMC programs are accredited
National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).
18 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.