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Certified Indoor Air Quality Manager (SUS-CIA01)


Course Description

Are you a facility manager, building engineer or property owner that is interested in how indoor air quality (IAQ) affects the occupants of your space? The Council- Certified Indoor Air Quality Manager (CIAQM) certification is designed to demonstrate your ability to diagnose indoor environmental problems in your building, correct those problems, and prevent them from ever happening again.

The CIAQM is sponsored by the American Council for Accredited Certification (ACAC) and is the only accredited certification specifically designed for those that manage indoor air quality problems. Not only does our indoor air quality manager certification program teach you practical skills to improve your building's indoor air, it also prepares you for third-party certification by the American Council for Accredited Certification (ACAC). The Certified Indoor Air Quality Manager Program will educate you on all the pertinent topics covered on the certification exam. You can even take a 100-question practice examination to prepare for the exam.

Upon successful completion of this program, you'll be able to:
• Develop a comprehensive IAQ management plan
• Establish a system to manage IAQ complaints
• Create an IAQ Profile for your buildings
• Identify conditions that lead to IAQ problems
• Solve simple IAQ problems in-house
• Prevent IAQ problems


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


6 months




This program is for you if you manage indoor air quality complaints in buildings. Facility managers, building engineers, property managers, health and safety officers, and other building staff will find the program valuable for its training in improving air quality while reducing complaints.

There are no prerequisites for taking the CIAQM course but exam applicants must possess one of the following combinations of education and relevant field experience:

• No degree with at least two (2) years of documented experience in property management, risk management, asset management or corporate policy-making. (high school diploma or GED required.)
• A two-year post-secondary degree or its equivalent (15 credit hours) in microbiology, engineering, science, architecture, industrial hygiene or related field of science with a minimum of one (1) year of documented field experience in property management, risk management, asset management or corporate policy-making.


Taking our CIAQM course does not automatically make you certified, although you will receive a certificate of completion. To register for the exam, you must contact the American Council for Accredited Certification (ACAC) at 800-942-0832 (www.acac.org). The exam is offered at computerized testing centers throughout the US. There are additional fees associated with getting certified.




Ian Cull, PE, CIEC, CMC, CIAQP, is the president of Indoor Sciences and was elected in 2006 and 2009 by the membership of the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) to serve on its board of directors for three-year terms. Ian was elected as the organization's vice president in 2008 and 2009. He also served as a non-voting board member for the Indoor Environmental Standards Organization (IESO) from 2007-2009.

Ian first started in the fields of indoor air quality and sustainability in 1995 when he joined Chelsea Group, Ltd., an IAQ and sustainability consulting firm. Ian has developed and taught numerous seminars, certification programs, and customized presentations, reaching well over 1,000 individuals in the U.S. and several other countries, including China and India. Ian is a master trainer for the IAQA and has taught their programs: Certified Indoor Environmentalist, Fundamentals of Indoor Air Quality and HVAC, Certified IAQ Manager, and Certified Microbial Investigator. His in-depth knowledge in all aspects of building science, IAQ, and sustainability make him a highly respected and commended teacher.

Ian is a professional environmental engineer whose skill in the classroom is based on his vast experience managing a large number of projects focused on improved indoor environments and sustainability. He has completed assessments in offices, schools, homes, dormitories, condominiums, hospitals and health care facilities. Ian is proficient not only in finding problems, but also in offering appropriate solutions and recommendations to prevent future re-occurrences.

Ian is also well known for developing three educational Web sites:


These helpful tools allow professionals in the sustainability and IAQ fields to collaborate and share information. More than 2,000 unique visitors use these sites each month.

Ian has a Bachelor's of Science degree in engineering from one of the country's top environmental engineering programs at University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. He is a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in the state of Illinois, a Certified Indoor Environmental Consultant (CIEC), a Certified Microbial Consultant (CMC), and a Certified Indoor Air Quality Professional (CIAQP).

Ian is a member of the IAQA, the Chicago Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, the International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate, and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers.

Ian is committed to seeing the fields of IAQ and sustainability grow in the right direction. To that end, he spends a great number of hours each week volunteering on committees and boards, including the following committees:

•Chairman, IAQA's Futures Committee: 2007-present
•Chairman, IAQAware subcommittee: 2005-present
•Chairman, IAQA's Ad-Hoc Committee on Conflict of Interest: 2007, 2008
•Chairman, IAQA's Ad-Hoc Web site Committee: 2009
•IAQA's CIE subcommittee: 2003-present
•IAQA's Education Committee: 2005-present
•IAQA Nominating Committee: 2007, 2008


This program does not require any additional purchases of supplementary materials.

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