District of Columbia Now Accepting Mold Professional Licensing Applications

August 17, 2016

On April 22 of this year, the Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) published a final rulemaking of its licensure/certification regulations for mold assessment and mold remediation professionals. These new District of Columbia Mold Assessment and Remediation Regulations specify requirements for when mold in indoor rental properties must be addressed, as well as how to do so. The regulations also establish a licensing program for mold assessment and remediation professionals who perform work in the District of Columbia.

On August 8th, The D.C. Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE) announced that it is now accepting applications for licensure of all mold professionals wishing to perform mold assessment or mold remediation work in the District of Columbia. All individuals interested in obtaining a license must apply to DOEE. To be eligible, individuals must:

Complete a DOEE-approved examination, within the previous two years;
Be at least eighteen years of age;
Meet specific education and experience requirements (e.g., high school diploma or equivalent, and a minimum of three years of documented relevant field experience);
Maintain a general liability insurance coverage of at least one million dollars, unless covered under an employer’s policy.
Pay a license application fee of $300. The fee for renewal of licensure is $105. The term of each license is two years.
Per the DOEE, “there are three main components to the mold regulations:

1.   If there is at least ten square feet of indoor mold growth in a residential area with tenants, all assessment and remediation must be performed or supervised by a mold professional who is licensed by DOEE.

2.   No person holding themselves out as a mold professional may assess or remediate mold without the corresponding license from the DOEE. To be considered for a license, an individual must meet several requirements, including passing a DOEE-approved exam within the previous two years. Each license is valid for two years.

3.   All licensed mold professionals must notify DOEE of all projects in accordance with the regulations, and follow performance standards and work practices required by the regulations.”

According to the DOEE, “The Department will perform compliance assistance for one year starting on April 15, 2016.  After the period of compliance assistance has ended, DOEE may issue fines to unlicensed individuals who offer professional mold assessment or mold remediation services in the District.”

To view the DC Mold Professional License Online Application and apply for a mold license in the District of Columbia, visit http://doee.dc.gov/node/1163046 (click refresh once the web page has loaded).

The CleanHealth Mold Remediator and Mold Assessor Examinations are DOEE-approved licensing exams. To view CleanHealth’s upcoming training schedule and/or register for upcoming courses online, visit the CleanHealth Environmental registration page here.

To learn more about the DC mold regulation and DOEE-approved examination licensing requirements, please contact Shari L. Solomon at 301-377-9555 or via email at solomon@cleanhealthenv.com.