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CCPIA’s Indoor Air Quality Course for Commercial Property Inspectors teaches students how to perform an indoor air quality investigation at a commercial property. It will help the student identify IAQ problems at their client’s commercial building. It will also teach the student how to offer IAQ consulting services to help their clients resolve such issues and implement IAQ-related protocols.

Indoor Air Quality Course Overview

In Section 1, students will learn about the codes and standards related to IAQ, such as ASHRAE Standard 62: “Ventilation for Acceptable Air Quality,” and ASHRAE Standard 55: “Thermal Environmental Conditions for Human Occupancy.” The student will also learn about the four main factors affecting IAQ, including a list of sources of indoor air contaminants, commercial HVAC system design and operation, pollutant pathways, and the influence of the building’s occupants.

Section 2 is an introduction to commercial HVAC. It provides information about specific types of HVAC systems and components. This content is especially useful for commercial property inspectors, building owners, and property managers who may be unfamiliar with the terminology and concepts associated with commercial HVAC systems and their design. This section also reviews testing, balancing, and adjusting (TAB) services.

In Section 3, students will learn how to develop an IAQ profile to help their clients mitigate and prevent indoor air pollution. The IAQ profile provides an understanding of the current status of the air quality in a building, and the baseline information of the factors that have the potential for causing problems in the future. A profile can help inspectors identify potential problem areas, and assist building managers and owners with prioritizing their maintenance budget in order to address future complaints.

In Section 4, students will learn how to perform an IAQ investigation using inspection procedures and methods for collecting information related to the four aforementioned major factors affecting air quality in a building. It also covers successful mitigation, hiring specialty consultants, and different types of IAQ measurements.

Section 5 discusses the common contaminants affecting IAQ, including moisture, mold, and mildew. Students will learn about how relative humidity, vapor pressure, and condensation affect IAQ, and how to identify and make recommendations to clients for correcting such problems. This section also covers asbestos and radon.

Continuing Education

International Code Council (ICC) has approved Certified Commercial Property Inspectors Association’s (CCPIA) Indoor Air Quality Course for for 1.10 CEUs. For more information, visit Indoor Air Quality Course for Commercial Property Inspectors. This course is also eligible for InterNACHI® continuing education credits.

Additional Information

This is a self-paced course. There are quizzes throughout, and students are required to answer all quiz questions correctly before moving on to the next section. There is a final exam at the end of the course. Students have an unlimited number of attempts but a time limit of two hours to complete the exam. Upon successful completion and passing the 90-question final exam, students will be able to download a Certificate of Completion, which is auto-generated in their own name.

CCPIA’s Indoor Air Quality Course for Commercial Property Inspectors is designed for commercial property inspectors and building owners, and students who have a background in home inspection, as well as property and facilities management personnel, and people in the commercial construction trades.