Certified Indoor Air Quality Manager (CIAQM)

28 Hours / 2 Months / Mentor Supported

Course Overview:

The Council- Certified Indoor Air Quality Manager (CIAQM) course is comprehensive in its scope, covering concepts in IAQ management, preventative maintenance, microbiology, chemistry, building science, physics, engineering, construction, medicine and law.

Course Outline:

CIAQM Module 1: Introduction
  • Goals
  • Problems and Solutions
  • IAQ and Productivity
  • Introductions
  • Course Overview
  • CIAQM Certification
  • Reference Documents
  • Indoor Air Quality
  • IAQ Problems
CIAQM Module 2: IAQ Contaminants and Health Effects
  • Purpose
  • At risk populations
  • Sick Building Syndrome
  • Building Related Illness
  • Particulate Matter
  • Specific Air Contaminants
  • Mold
  • Bacteria
  • Viruses
  • Allergens
  • Asthma
  • Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
  • Pesticides
  • Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS)
  • Radon
  • Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS)
  • Carbon monoxide
  • Ozone
  • Asbestos
  • Fiberglass
  • Lead
  • Sewer Gas
  • Occupational Exposure Guidelines
CIAQM Module 3: HVAC and IAQ
  • HVAC Impact on IAQ
  • Commercial HVAC
  • System Types
  • Constant Volume Systems
  • Variable Air Volume
  • All Water Systems
  • Packaged Units
  • Residential-type Systems
  • Temperature and RH
  • Filtration
  • Efficiency Scales
  • Electrostatic Precipitators
  • Gas Phase Air Cleaners
  • Cooling Coils
  • UV Lights
  • Condensate Drain Pans
  • Duct work
  • Cooling Tower
  • Outdoor Air Ventilation
  • Space Pressurization
  • Mechanical Room Cleanliness
  • IAQ and Energy
  • Energy Recovery Ventilation
  • Demand Controlled Ventilation
  • Ventilation Effectiveness
CIAQM Module 4: IAQ Management
  • Outline
  • Policy Statement
  • IAQ Management Plan
  • IAQ Notebook
  • Assignments and Training
  • IAQ Manager Responsibilities
  • Protocols
  • Complaint Response System
  • Collecting Complaints
  • Logging Complaints
  • Responding to Complaints
  • Case Study
  • Outside Consultants
  • Marketing
  • Budgeting
CIAQM Module 5: Assessing IAQ
  • IAQ Profile
  • Diagnosing IAQ Problems
  • IAQ Assessment Plan
  • Step 1: Gather Information
  • Document Review
  • Occupant Interviews
  • Formal Questionnaires
  • Step 2: Walk Through Inspection
  • Outside the Building
  • In the Occupied Space
  • HVAC System
  • Step 3: Indicator Measurements
  • Temperature and RH
  • Outdoor Air Ventilation
  • Moisture Measurements
  • Pressurization
  • Step 4: Diagnostic Measurements
  • Formulate Hypothesis
  • Test Hypothesis
  • Test Results
  • Hiring Outside Consultants
CIAQM Module 6: Resolving IAQ Problems
  • Controlling and IAQ Problem
  • Source Control
  • Ventilation
  • Filtration
  • Reducing VOCs
  • Reducing Radon
  • Controlling ETS
  • Mold Remediation
  • Standards and Guidelines
  • IICRC S520
  • NYC Department of Health
  • EPA
  • Safety and Health
  • Fixing the Moisture Problem
  • Contaminant Control
  • Contaminant Removal
  • Chemical Usage
  • Choosing a Contractor
  • Duct Cleaning
CIAQM Module 7: Preventing IAQ Problems
  • Outline
  • Preventative Maintenance
  • Healthy Alternatives
  • Healthier Cleaners
  • Healthier Vacuums
  • Healthier Pest Management
  • Healthier Paint
  • Managing On-site Chemicals
  • Chemical Inventory
  • Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)
  • Stopping Contaminants at the Door
  • Guidelines for Remodeling
  • CIAQM Practice Examination

All necessary materials are included.


System Requirements:

Internet Connectivity Requirements:
  • Cable and DSL internet connections are recommended.
Hardware Requirements:
  • Minimum Pentium 400 Mhz CPU or G3 Macintosh. 1 GHz or greater CPU recommended.
  • 256MB RAM minimum. 1 GB RAM recommended.
  • 800x600 video resolution minimum. 1025x768 recommended.
  • Speakers/Headphones to listen to Dialogue steaming audio sessions.
  • A microphone to speak in Dialogue streaming audio sessions.
Operating System Requirements:
  • Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 9, 10
  • Mac OSX 10 or higher.
  • OpenSUSE Linux 9.2 or higher.
Web Browser Requirements:
  • Google Chrome is recommended.
  • Firefox 13.x or greater.
  • Internet Explorer 6.x or greater.
  • Safari 3.2.2 or greater.
Software Requirements:
  • Adobe Flash Player 6 or greater.
  • Oracle Java 7 or greater.
  • Adobe Reader 7 or greater.
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  • Accept Cookies
  • Disable Pop-up Blocker.


** Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated. Software is not included with the purchase of the course, unless otherwise specified. Students are responsible for the purchase and installation of the necessary course software. **