members include a very diverse group of consultants, contractors and others with an interest in IAQ. It should therefore come as no surprise that members of IAQA are
certified, registered or licensed by dozens of different organizations and
entities. These include state and municipal governments; non-profit
organizations like ABIH, ACAC, ASHI, AEE, ASHRAE, BCSP, IICRC, NADCA, NAFA,
NEHA, RIA, USGBC and more; as well as by educational institutions and
private training providers.
IAQA ceased being a certification body in 2006. That is when IAQA
transferred its certification programs to the American IAQ Council (now the
American Council for Accredited Certification - ACAC). The transfer of certification programs took place under an agreement whereby
ACAC transferred its membership and chapter programs to IAQA.
Prior to this transfer, IAQA certification programs included the “Certified
Mold Remediator - CMR" and the "Certified Indoor Environmentalist - CIE". When these programs were
transferred to ACAC, they underwent substantial change, allowing them to become accredited by the
Council for Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards (CESB). IAQA has no influence over or
participation in the administration or operation of these or any other certification programs.
Within the sphere of IAQ consulting and contracting, as well as in their
mold sub"specialties, there are several certification bodies. IAQA does not exclusively endorse or approve
any particular certification program. IAQA believes its members should strive to achieve the experience,
education, and credentials necessary to conduct their business activities in a competent and ethical
manner. For some members, that may include certifications from multiple organizations.
IAQA believes the following are important attributes for a certification
- The certification organization and its programs should be accredited
by a non-profit, third-party organization such as ANSI, CESB or NCCA
- The certification organization should be operated in compliance with
applicable ANSI, CESB and/or NCCA standards and guidelines for personnel
- The certification organization should be structured such that its
volunteer leadership is selected by their peers through a process that
is democratic, transparent and consistently applied.
- The certification organization should use state-of-the-art
psychometric methods in the development and maintenance of its
certification examination programs.
- The certification organization should allow individuals who meet
reasonable experience and/or education eligibility requirements to
“challenge” its certification examinations without having to take a
specific training course.
- Certification should be offered by non-profit organizations that are
independent of training entities, product or service vendors, or other
parties with similarly vested interests.
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American Air & Water, Inc. is a member of the Indoor Air Quality Association
(IAQA) since 2005.