The first and only nationally accredited Mould Testing course in Australia. (BLDBIO605 Conduct a mould assessment). This course will provide the knowledge and the skills to undertake mould inspections which involves taking an environmental exposure history, conducting a thorough visual inspection of the site for sources of moisture ingression, moisture mapping, and air sampling (air, surface and dust). The course involves a 4 day on-campus training involving site inspections (Melbourne, Sydney, Gold Coast, Australia and Auckland, New Zealand) followed by 12 weeks of online course work which involves watching videos, reading peer reviewed literature and reports. Exposure to biotoxins is a common cause of respiratory illnesses, fatigue as well as behaviourhal disorders. You will learn how biotoxins affect the immune and nervous systems, and the chronic inflammatory responses which subsequently develops. You will learn how to conduct air and surface sampling for biologicals using state-of-the-art equipment from indoor air quality meters to moisture meters, infrared cameras and biopumps, and the environmental relative mould index (ERMI) including their limitations. You will learn the causes of water intrusion and how to analyse laboratory results. Whilst the course will discuss what is required to remediate a water damaged building, the focus will be on mould testing, not mould remediation (it does not qualify you to work as a mould remediator). For more details about the course, mould testing.
Upon successful completion, students will receive a nationally accredited Statement of Attainment. The units of competence for this course form part of the Advanced Diploma of Building Biology (10194NAT).