Professional Credentials

Nauset Environmental Services, Inc. (NES) strongly believes that its clients deserve the top professional services.

To that end staff members (both junior and senior) frequently attend training workshops on IAQ topics and participate in the Annual Meetings of the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) and appropriate professional meetings for radon, asbestos, etc. in order to stay current on developments in these multidisciplinary fields.  These educational activities help to maintain Council-certified credentials (www.acac.org).  Once Staff complete initial training in a given area, these on-going workshops and meetings earn continuing education (re-certification) credits that are essential for renewal of professional certification, showing continued professional activity in the field.

Check out NES‘s independent accreditations and links to the individual accrediting organizations.

There are subtleties in credentials:

If someone claims professional credentials (of course check that they are current) they may not be for the skills you need – a person who claims that they are a Council-certified  Mold Remediation Supervisor (CMRS), that does not mean that he/she has training and independent certification to carry out a mold inspection as a Council-certified Residential Mold Inspector (CRMI).  So, think about what you really need and avoid conflicts of interest.

When asking for someone’s certification, be sure to check if it is only a training certificate issued by the trainer for attending a class one time.  While that paper is not that strong an indicator of professional competence, it may even be weaker if it is out-of-date, indicating little interest in keeping up with developments in the field.

Think about what you want accomplished and who will best help you meet your goal!

[NOTE:  By the way, NES‘s credentials are not training certificates given by course providers for mere attendance in their classes!!  That is an important distinction now made by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) – www.ansi.org – that oversees the creation of professional standards across many disciplines.]

 

Here are some comments on the significance of the independent checking of training from the ACAC:

Accredited, Non-accredited:  What’s the Difference?Accredited certifications meet a long list of requirements that set them apart from non-accredited certifications.  Here are just a few of the requirements:

  • Accredited certifications cannot be based on any course curriculum.
  • Accredited certifications cannot mandate that individuals take a course as a condition of eligibility.
  • Accredited certifications cannot allow course providers to be involved with any part of the certification process.
  • Accredited certifications cannot mandate that individuals maintain membership in any organization.
  • Accredited certifications must make all examination preparatory information available to all candidates.
Did You Know?

  • Accredited certification bodies (such as ACAC & IPEP) cannot be involved in developing, auditing or presenting preparatory courses for any of their certifications.
  • Accredited certification bodies (such as ACAC & IPEP) cannot share examination questions or answers with course providers.