In times past, a large number of homeowners were not aware that their homes contained radon. Now though, they have been made aware and they realize how dangerous this colorless and odorless gas can be. Now, before buying any home, prospective homeowners are careful to get it tested for its radon levels. If you need your home or a prospective one tested for radon, however, you must be sure of the radon certification that the person you are calling on possesses. This assures you that he is indeed qualified for the job.
Types of Radon Certification
There are generally four different types of radon certification that anyone pursuing a career as a radon professional should at least have one of.
- Radon Measurement Technician
A radon measurement technician due to his scope of study and the exams he has successfully taken can only provide non-analytical on-site residential measurement services. In doing so, he must use devices that meet the necessary boards’ recognized standards or EPA requirements.
Someone who is only certified as a radon measurement technician is not fit to give recommendations on radon mitigation system components or installations.
- Radon Measurement Specialist
While a technician is restricted to only provide residential measurement services without the use of analytical devices, a specialist can offer his measurement services to non-residential buildings and can use approved analytical and/or non-analytical radon and radon decay product measurement devices. In addition, he can also provide an evaluation and interpretation of protocol and diagnostic measurements.
- Radon Mitigation Service Provider
The job of a radon mitigation service provider entails the following;
- Performing or evaluating diagnostic measurements
- Creating designs for residential radon mitigation systems
- Installing or supervising the installation of a residential radon mitigation system.
- Advanced Radon Mitigation Service Providers
The job of an advanced radon mitigation service provider covers the job description of a radon mitigation service provider as listed above. In addition, however, they are qualified for the designs of more advanced radon mitigation systems. Thus, they can extend the offer of their services beyond owners of just residential homes.
So, before contracting a radon professional, you must ask them which radon certification(s) they possess before finalizing a deal.
Radon is a considerably harmful substance and is currently the second-highest cause of lung cancer in the US. Thus, it is best to find out your home’s radon level today, so you can work on reducing it if it is above normal. The good news is no matter how high it is, it can always be remediated.
If you also want to pursue a career as a radon professional, do well to find out the requirements needed to be qualified for any of the radon certifications listed above. Radon certification courses and continuing education courses must meet the requirements of the National Environmental Health Association’s (NEHA’s) National Radon Proficiency Program (NRPP) for radon professionals.
For those that are already certified, you should know that every now and then you would be required to become re-certified as newer techniques, systems ad protocols are discovered.