Mold Assessors and Remediators

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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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.

On The Level - January 2020 Edition

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

  • Additional Legislation from the 86th Session
  • Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Code Change
  • Reminder: Send Completed Elevator Inspection Reports to TDLR
  • Electrical Safety Checklist

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.

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.

Justification for Adoption of Administrative Rules

The Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation adopted amendments to existing rules regarding the Mold Assessors and Remediators program (16 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 78, §§78.58, 78.60, 78.62, 78.64, 78.70, 78.74, 78.80, 78.120, 78.130 and 78.150).

The adoption justification may be viewed on TDLR’s web site and the updated rule chapter will be made available upon its effective date of September 1, 2018.

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.