Mold Assessors and Remediators

Winter Cold Emergency Response

Licensed Mold Assessment and Remediation Companies

Assessment Requirement Waived. The requirement that a mold remediation project have an assessment is waived for the duration of the governor’s disaster declaration (Feb. 12, 2021, and extended on March 15, 2021). This waiver applies to mold remediation projects conducted by in-state and out-of-state mold remediators, whether licensed or unlicensed, for the duration of the declaration. Please note that the requirement that a licensed mold assessment consultant must perform an assessment when one is desired is NOT waived.

Texas licensed mold remediation companies may perform remediation projects on the same basis as unlicensed Texas or out-of-state companies during the disaster period. However, remediation projects for consumers who desire to receive a CMDR must be conducted in full compliance with the Texas mold law and rules, including an assessment performed by a licensed mold assessment consultant.

Certificate of Mold Damage Remediation

Entities or persons who do not have a Texas license to perform assessment or remediation MAY NOT sign a Certificate of Mold Damage Remediation (CMDR). A registration is NOT a Texas license. Only mold assessment consultants and mold remediation contractors with a current Texas license may sign the CMDR's top section and only if the Texas Mold Assessment and Remediation Rules (TMARR) are followed in their entirety.

A mold assessment consultant licensed by Texas may sign the bottom of the CMDR after inspecting a property and finding no evidence of mold damage.

Unlicensed Mold Remediation Companies

Licensure requirements for unlicensed companies performing mold remediation projects, whether the company is located in Texas or out-of-state, are waived for the duration of the governor's disaster declaration. The declaration covers all 254 Texas counties.

Unlicensed mold remediation companies that wish to work in Texas during the disaster declaration may do so if they register with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR). 

No fee will be assessed for this registration. Note: if you registered with Department of State Health Services during the Hurricane Harvey disaster declaration period, you do not need to register again with TDLR.

Companies wanting to register can do so by emailing TDLR. Please select Mold Assessors and Remediators as the program to email. Fill in the required contact information, and in the message section, please include:

  1. Proof of business registration in another state or a Texas Secretary of State Tax ID number;
  2. A list of all employees working in the impacted areas;
  3. Verification of training for all employees; and
  4. Proof of liability insurance

Please note:

  • Registration will be considered complete when all the information has been sent to the program.
  • A response from TDLR is not necessary for companies to begin serving in the applicable counties.

Please see this list of unlicensed mold remediation companies doing business in Texas.

Project Notifications

During the disaster declaration and any extension, notification of mold remediation projects is voluntary. This applies only in the counties listed in the governor’s disaster declaration.

Inspection and Enforcement

Registered and licensed mold remediators are subject to unannounced inspections, and safety violations are subject to enforcement actions including administrative penalties or revocation of registration.

FAQs: Winter Emergency Response-Related Mold Remediation

  1. What is the difference between a licensed mold contractor and one that is not licensed?

A mold remediation contractor licensed in Texas has met licensing requirements for training, education and experience. Additionally, licensees have proven their knowledge of the profession by passing a state examination. Texas licensed mold remediation contractors and mold assessment consultants can issue a Certificate of Mold Damage Remediation (CMDR). The CMDR, a form developed by Texas Department of Insurance, is used to verify that the mold has been properly remediated and that the underlying causes of mold have been corrected.

In response to Governor Greg Abbott’s Winter Cold Emergency Response disaster proclamation, unlicensed Texas or out-of-state companies are currently allowed to perform mold remediation. However, they are not able to certify that a home or building is free of mold damage using the CMDR form. Unlicensed companies are required to register with TDLR. 

  1. Can unlicensed entities or persons performing mold-related activities in Texas complete the Certificate of Mold Damage Remediation (CMDR)?

No. Entities or persons who are not licensed in the state of Texas may not sign or issue a Certificate of Mold Damage Remediation (CMDR). Only a Texas licensed mold remediator and licensed mold assessment consultant may sign the top section of the CMDR and only if assessment and remediation is conducted and performed in accordance with the rules. However, the bottom section of the form may be signed by a Texas licensed mold assessment consultant for projects for which the consultant performs an inspection and determines there is no mold damage present.

  1. I’m an out-of-state/unlicensed mold remediator registered with TDLR to help with the Winter Cold Emergency Response recovery efforts. How long may I offer to perform remediation services in Texas?

 A registered unlicensed mold remediator may provide remediation services up until the expiration of Governor Abbott’s disaster proclamation for the county in which remediation is performed. Registered mold remediators will be allowed to complete projects started before the expiration of the disaster proclamation.

For more information regarding the disaster proclamation, please visit the Office of the Texas Governor website.


Mold Assessment and Remediation

Mold is a serious health risk for Texas residents recovering from hurricane floodwaters. See TDLR's mold remediation and assessment guidance for Hurricane Harvey.

Mold assessment activities include an inspection, investigation, or survey of a dwelling or other structure to provide the owner or occupant with information regarding the presence, identification, or evaluation of mold, the development of a mold management plan or remediation protocol, and the collection or analysis of a mold sample. Mold remediation means the removal, cleaning, sanitizing, demolition, or other treatment, including preventive activities, of mold or mold-contaminated matter. The industry is regulated to ensure that persons conducting mold assessment and remediation services in Texas are properly trained and licensed, and are following minimum standards that protect the health of workers and building occupants.


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News and Updates

On The Level - January 2021 Edition

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

  • New Texas Licensing System Coming Soon
  • Can You Apply Or Renew Online? If You Can, You Should
  • Update on Boiler Rules
  • Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Outreach
  • Escalator Safety: Pay Attention Every Ride

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 TDLR at: Education@tdlr.texas.gov

On The Level - July 2020 Edition

Articles in the July 2020 edition of TDLR On The Level include:

  • Coming Soon: 2020 National Electrical Code
  • Remote Inspections of Industrialized Housing & Buildings
  • Elevator Certificate Extensions
  • TDLR's Sunset Review
  • 2021-2025 Strategic Plan

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.

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.