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January 20, 2012

We were featured on CBC's Marketplace with Tom Harrington

Oct. 25, 2003

Meet Quincy, the four-legged mould detector

Canada's first mould-detecting dog is saving building owners from a fog of plaster dust.

Oct. 25, 2003

Meet Quincy, the four-legged mould detector

Canada's first mould-detecting dog is saving building owners from a fog of plaster dust.

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If you would like to speak to us about your indoor air quality issues or schedule a mould inspection, please call the number below.

(416) 414-5690

We serve the following areas:

  • Toronto
  • Mississauga
  • Oakville
  • Burlington
  • Brampton
  • Hamilton
  • Guelph
  • Kitchener
  • Waterloo
  • Cambridge
  • St. Catharines
  • Niagara Falls
  • Barrie
  • King City
  • Maple
  • Richmond Hill
  • Thornhill
  • Pickering

When your personal health is at stake, Health Canada recommends using an accredited air quality investigator.

For the consumer, it’s always difficult to find reputable contractors, never mind certified, licensed professionals. With air quality testing it’s the same - a wide variety of groups, organizations and associations doing the training and certifying of air quality inspectors and investigators. Shopper beware is always the adage, and doing your homework pays off, especially when your personal health is at stake.

So-called “certification” can be a misnomer - one can be “certified”, but with little or no practical experience - and experience in any field is key to expertise. In the specialized field of mould inspection, the training, experience and expertise are of ultimate importance. So clearly, a professional with all of the above is the one to expedite the proper assessment, evaluation and testing of mould. In addition, accredited certification from an independent, recognized group further confirms genuine proficiency.

In North America, the American Indoor Air Quality Council is the recognized association that independently certifies mould inspectors and mould contractors in the United States, Canada and internationally. Uninvolved in training, the AIAQC offers Certification to Mould Inspectors and Mould Contractors who demonstrate the experience and know-how in their field. Criteria for Council Certification is strict: mould inspectors must have acquired two years of documented experience; they must pass a comprehensive closed- book exam; and they must be approved by a Board of industry peers.

Another organization that commands respect in the inspection and restoration industry is the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (commonly known as the IICRC). They do not have members, as such, but rather registered technicians who carry their certification. The IICRC also approves training facilities and instructors, who teach and administer its programs. The whole idea is to identify businesses with high operating standards and established technical proficiency – just perfect for the consumer! And technicians are further required to participate in continuing education in order to maintain their certification.

In Canada, industry leaders like Frank Haverkate (the founder of MOULD DOG) make it their business to perpetuate high industry standards for both

companies and individuals. He is one of only a few Certified Building Biology Environmental Inspectors in Canada. He is also a Certified Microbial Investigator and Consultant, and accredited by the American Indoor Air Quality Council. In addition, Mr. Haverkate is a Certified Mould Remediation Supervisor; a Certified Mould Remediator; and a Certified Industrial Hygiene Manager. In the Toronto area, he was the founding Director of the Indoor Air Quality Association, and served as Chapter Director from 2005 to 2009. His company, Haverkate & Associates, is also an approved Certification Course provider, and a recognized Training Facility for the American Council for Accredited Certification.

Air quality assessment should never be a weekend DIY project, especially when your health is concerned, and especially when mould is involved. This is work for an accredited indoor air quality investigator - a professional with the tools, experience and expertise.

Look for a Board Certified Microbial Inspector...Why be part of the other guys learning curve?

Or Call Haverkate & Associates at (416) 414-5690

SEE Notice Below from the IAQ Council
American IAQ Council
August 4, 2006


Dear Council-certified Professional
Certification Mills: Buyer Beware...
The IAQ marketplace is saturated with certifications.

Unfortunately, most are offered by "Certification Mills": organizations that do little more than present courses, collect fees and administer simple tests.

These certifications provide little value to certificants, their clients or the public:

Because they don't require field experience, they can't provide the customer with assurance of the certificant's abilities and expertise.

Because they aren't based upon verifiable documentation, they can't protect the certificant from legal challenges to his professional reputation.

Because they aren't recognized by independent accreditation bodies, they can't provide what the certificant needs most: respect in the marketplace.

Credentials from "Certification Mills" may look like an asset on paper; but once they are challenged, they become a grave liability to the certificate holder.

Professionals and consumers alike should know what makes the IAQ Council different.

Your American Indoor Air Quality Council certification represents a level of professionalism unmatched by others in the IAQ industry.

Keeping Our Certificants Up to Date!

American Indoor Air Quality Council
Post Office Box 11599
Glendale, Arizona 85318

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