Microbial Remediation Supervisor (CMR/CMRS)


Course Description:

The IAQ Training Institute, LLC offers this program for individuals who supervise microbial remediation projects in residential or commercial buildings. The Microbial Remediation Supervisor course is a three day course which includes instruction on mold and other microbial issues supervisors will encounter when remediating water damaged buildings. Water damaged buildings commonly have a soup of microbial contamination that includes in addition to fungi (mold), bacteria, actinomycetes and other microbial components.

This course includes classroom instruction on background information, health effects, equipment & techniques, personal protective equipment and other safety hazards associated with microbial remediation projects. In addition to the information covered for mold remediation technicians supervisors learn about bacteria and other microorganisms in water damaged buildings, building science, microbial remediation standards and guidelines, supervision of indoor environmental contracting projects, water damage restoration, HVAC cleaning, microbial assessment and sampling techniques and working with Indoor Environmental Professionals (IEP’s).

The first day of both the technician and supervisor have the same information and can be taught together or stand alone. The second day of the Supervisor class is different than and separate from the technician training. In addition to instruction on applicable industry guidelines, standards and regulations, supervisors are shown how to write a scope of work, test and inspect equipment, supervise workers and develop a preliminary determination for a project. When the technician and supervisor courses are run during the same time-frame, (two instructors) supervisors’ help develop the scope of work and inspect the work of technicians setting up engineering controls and containments. There is also significant time spent on preparing for certification exams and a practice exam is part of the curriculum. Upon completion supervisors receive a certificate of completion from the IAQ Training Institute, LLC.

This course also helps prepare attendees for the ACAC CMR (Council – Certified Microbial Remediator) & CMRS (Council – Certified Microbial Remediator Supervisor) exam.


May 8-10, 2023


Three Day Course Rate

*Price does not include independent, third party Certification Testing Fee. Visit www.acac.org for certification information. Certification of technician/workers is generally not necessary. The Certificate of Completion is normally all that is needed. For more information on microbial certifications contact us or check out the IAQTI Guide to Certification.


Subjects Covered:

Day One Description

Day one is designed to meet our client’s needs for a course that helps meet them meet minimum regulatory requirements, documents coverage of current standards and safe work practices. The first day of the Microbial Supervisor course is identical to day one of the Mold Worker course as both need a good understanding of the background information, health effects, equipment, engineering controls, personal protective equipment and key concepts important to any microbial remediation project.

Day One Topics

  • Background Information
  • Health Effects
  • Introduction and History of Microbial Remediation
  • Definitions
  • Principles of Indoor Environmental Contracting/Microbial Remediation
  • Overview of a Microbial Remediation Project
  • Equipment and tools used for microbial remediation
  • Containment Types and Construction
  • Decontamination Chambers and Procedures
  • Contamination Removal (Structure & Contents)
  • Biocides, Antimicrobial & Cleaning Products and Techniques
  • Equipment Care and Cleaning

Day Two Description

Day two supervisors learn how to perform a preliminary determination and develop a scope of work either on their own or while working with a third-party indoor environmental professional (IEP). They also learn how different standards and guidelines address the use of third parties (IEP’s) on microbial remediation projects. Attendees also learn that the preliminary determination and scope of work are only a small part of the paperwork, contract documents, submittals, insurance requirements, etc. that they will need to understand and/or develop as part of their responsibilities supervising professional mold remediation projects.

Day Two Topics

In addition to the hands on activities described above Day-Two concepts and activities include:

  • Introduction/History of Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)
  • The Evolving Mold Industry
  • Related Associations and Agencies
  • Overview of Indoor Air Quality
  • Introduction to Bioaerosols
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Final Cleaning/Disposal Issues/Clearance Criteria/Project Closure
  • Other Safety and Health Issues
  • OSHA “A Brief Guide to Mold in the Workplace”

Day Three Description

Day three of the microbial supervisor training is focused on how supervisors interact with other key players on their projects and on specialized areas of mold remediation such as HVAC cleaning, water damage and restoration.

During day three we start with how to supervise your own workers on a project then move into more detail on how to perform an evaluation of the project (preliminary determination)and if necessary how third party indoor environmental professionals (IEP) should be evaluating projects and how to work with IEP’s. We then go into more detail on more specialized issues such as water damage restoration, HVAC cleaning and restoration, health and safety programs, contract documents, insurance and reports/paperwork for microbial remediation projects. We also include review and test prep for the American coun (ACAC) Certified Microbial Remediation (CMR) and Certified Microbial Remediation Supervisor (CMRS) exams.

Day Three Topics

  • Introduction to IEQ Investigations
  • Industrial vs Commercial/Residential Investigation
  • Common Causes of IEQ Problems & Complaints
  • Evaluating Moisture Issues in Building
  • Microbial Investigations
  • Microbial Sampling
  • Final Clearance/Post Remediation Verification
  • Introduction Water Damage/HVAC Cleaning & Restoration
  • Relevant Industry Work Practices & Standards
  • Water Damage Restoration
  • HVAC Cleaning & Restoration
  • Supervision of Indoor Environmental Contracting Projects
  • Designing an Effective Remediation Plan an Overview
  • Insurance Issues
  • Contract Documents
  • Appendices Review
  • EPA Documents
  • OSHA Documents


IAQ Training Institute distributes a 90 question practice exam that helps prepare attendees for the American Council for Accredited Certification (ACAC) Certified Microbial Remediator (CMR) or Certified Microbial Remediation Supervisor (CMRS) exams and certification. We review the exam and answers in class. This course is also good as a prep for the Institute for Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) Mold Removal Specialist (MRS) certification. Each of these certifications is separate from the IAQTI course and each has separate applications and fees for their certifications.