Mold Assessors and Remediators

2021 Winter Storm Emergency Response

The Winter Storm Disaster Declaration for the mold program issued on June 12, 2021 has expired and will not be renewed by Governor Greg Abbott. In addition, the Hurricane Harvey Disaster Declaration has also expired and will not be renewed. Currently, there are no active disaster declarations in Texas impacting the mold program and the previous waivers for providing mold assessment services have been discontinued effective July 12, 2021.


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Continuing Education Requirements

HB 1560, the Sunset legislation for the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, amended Occupations Code §1958.104 and §1958.106 under the Mold statute, and transferred authority regarding the continuing education requirements to TDLR’s enabling statute, Chapter 51 of the Texas Occupations Code.

Please note that no changes were made, and Mold program licensees are still required to obtain continuing education (CE) credits as specified in the program rules.

Notice of Intent to Review Rules

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (Department) is reviewing the Mold Assessors and Remediators program rules located at Title 16, Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 78 for re-adoption, revision, or repeal. This rule review is required every four years.

The Notice of Intent to Review was published in the Texas Register on September 3, 2021 (46 TexReg 5597), as part of a combined notice with several other rule chapters undergoing simultaneous review. The Department will determine whether the reasons for adopting or readopting these rules continue to exist by answering the following questions for each rule:

  • Is it obsolete?
  • Does it reflect current legal and policy considerations?
  • Is it in alignment with the current procedures of the Department?

The Department encourages anyone interested in the Mold Assessors and Remediators program, under Chapter 78, to review the Notice of Intent to Review and the current chapter rules posted on the Department’s website.

Comments may be submitted electronically on the Department’s website at https://ga.tdlr.texas.gov:1443/form/gcerules (select the appropriate chapter name for your comment).

Deadline to submit comments—October 4, 2021.

On The Level - July 2021 Edition

Articles in the July 2021 edition of TDLR On The Level include:

  • Commission Adopts 2020 National Electrical Code, Delays Implementation of section 210.8(F)
  • IHB Says a Fond Farewell to Donna Lipke
  • Summary of ASHRAE Guidelines for Post-COVID Building HVAC Operations
  • Recent License Revocations

On The Level is a periodic newsletter that provides news and information about TDLR’s building-related programs. Please see the On the Level page for archives of past editions.

Mold Training Providers May Offer Continuing Education Online

It has been a common practice for Mold Training Providers to hold continuing education courses in the same setting as initial training courses, which are typically held in person. With the limitations caused by COVID-19, Mold Training Providers may now offer continuing education courses online. Providers with questions should contact the Education and Examination division.

COVID-19: Continuing Education Waived

TDLR continuing education requirements are waived for all individual licenses expiring in March, April, and May 2020. Licensees still need to submit their renewal applications, pay the required fees, and TDLR will check their criminal histories, but they will not need to complete any TDLR-required continuing education this licensing cycle. (§51.405, Occupations Code)

Note: TDLR is not authorized to waive continuing education requirements imposed by a certifying or credentialing entity other than TDLR. If a certifying entity requires continuing education to maintain certification, and certification is required for Texas licensure, then that continuing education must be completed. If the certifying entity waives continuing education or allows it to be completed on a delayed basis due to COVID-19, then you may follow the certifying entity’s policy.

Please check the TDLR COVID-19 webpage for the most up-to-date information.

Your Voice Matters: TDLR Wants Your Input on Proposed Disaster Recovery Rules

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) would like your comments and suggestions regarding proposed new rules to assist with recovery efforts when the Governor declares a disaster under Government Code, Chapter 418. As part of our Core Value of open and free communication we are asking for your feedback on these proposed rules before we file them with the Texas Register as required by the Administrative Procedures Act.

The proposed new Disaster Recovery Rules include provisions for:

Obtaining and renewing an emergency license, and alternative license requirements for the following license types: Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Contractors, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technicians, Electricians, Consent Tow Truck Permits, Consent Tow Operator License, Tow Company License, Temporary Vehicle Storage Facilities, Out-of-State Healthcare Providers, and Mold Assessment and Remediation Companies.

The proposed new Disaster Recovery Rules, among other things, allow Barber, Cosmetology, and Driver Education Schools to relocate during the declared disaster and waive the filing of reports. The proposed new rules address Water Treatment Records required to obtain an extension for boiler inspections and extend the continuing education requirements for Driver Education Instructors. The new proposed rules waive fees and provide for sanctions and administrative penalties.

Comments may be submitted via email to erule.comments@tdlr.texas.gov, via facsimile to (512) 475-3032, or by mail to Dalma Sotero, Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, PO Box 12157, Austin, TX 78711. Deadline for receipt of comments is 5:00 pm, September 16, 2019.

Mold Assessment and Remediation Exam Improvements

Effective June 1, 2019:

  • New! Content outline guidance with score report feedback
  • Updated reference list of study materials
  • No increased cost – exam fees are still $60

Please see the Candidate Information Bulletin (PDF) for details.

Filing Mold Remediation Notifications

Mold Remediation Companies and Contractors: To file, amend or cancel a mold remediation notice, use TDLR's Mold Remediation Notification System. The fee for a residential or commercial mold remediation project is $25. There is no fee to amend or cancel a notification.

Inspections

TDLR has a contract with DSHS for DSHS to continue to perform mold remediation inspections. DSHS inspectors will have access to the notifications, amendments, and cancellations filed through the Mold Remediation Notification System. DSHS inspectors will check licensing requirements, record-keeping, and compliance with the protocol and workplan. They will also ensure proper workplace practices are in place. DSHS inspectors will explain any violations that are noted, what corrective actions to take, and give you a chance to ask questions.

Inspection results fall into one of the following three categories:

  • No Corrections Needed – No action required. Your project is in compliance.
  • Corrections Needed – Make corrections.
  • Violations Sent to Enforcement – Make corrections. The DSHS inspector will submit a report detailing serious violations to TDLR. Someone from TDLR’s Enforcement Division may contact you regarding the violations.