(10/08/19) Baton Rouge, La. — The LSU AgCenter LaHouse Resource Center will hold a mold control and remediation course on October 16 to 18 on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge.
LaHouse offers these classes for contractors in support of the extension healthy homes educational outreach program, said Claudette Hanks Reichel, director of LaHouse.
Mold growth begins on materials that stay wet for two to three days and can multiply quickly. Rapid and safe cleaning and drying methods are needed to prevent a mold population explosion and the health hazards of high exposure.
People with asthma, allergies or compromised immunity are at greatest health risk, she said.
In Louisiana, a mold remediation project with a value of $1 or more requires a Mold Remediation Contractor license, and the LaHouse mold control and remediation course meets the initial educational requirement for a Louisiana license.
The class offers relaxed, interactive instruction, detailed manuals and a packet of consumer education materials.
“This course is unique in that it provides both the nationally recognized ‘how-to’ technical protocols for safe remediation as well as an understanding of mold characteristics, moisture dynamics and key building science insights to provide clients with effective and lasting solutions that protect their health and property,” Reichel said.
The class includes training and manuals in preparation for taking the Louisiana Microbial Applicator exam because the professional application of biocide treatments in Louisiana requires microbial applicator certification by the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry.
Information about additional training and requirements to obtain a license is online at www.lslbc.louisiana.gov.
LaHouse courses qualify for CEU hours for Louisiana residential contractors and home inspectors as well as the Louisiana Incumbent Worker Training Program tuition reimbursement for eligible employers. Information is online at www.laworks.net.
Course descriptions, fees and a link to register are available at www.lsuagcenter.com/LaHouse.
The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture