Mould Testing Course

The Mould Testing Technician unit (10913005NAT) is the only government accredited training in Australia to certify mould assessors. It has been developed for building managers, trades (building and construction), loss adjusters, industrial hygienists, mould remediators, professional cleaners, building biologists, pest controllers, health practitioners and anyone who wants a career assessing water-damaged buildings (WDB).

This 3-month course consists of nine online zoom sessions (Thursday evenings) PLUS 12 weeks of self-directed online learning PLUS field training (timetable below). You will learn about the principles of psychrometry; how to take an environmental exposure history; conduct a thorough site inspection for moisture and moisture-laden materials; use meters to quantify indoor air readings; use moisture meters to assess moisture laden material; conduct thermal imaging; establish a sampling plan to undertake air, surface and dust sampling; and analyse laboratory results. Numerous real-life case studies will be presented to consolidate the information in the course. Whilst the training will discuss what is required to remediate a water-damaged building, the focus will be on testing a water-damaged building, NOT mould remediation (this course does not qualify you to work as a mould remediator).

For more information, refer to the Unit of Competency: (NAT10913005) Conduct an assessment of a water-damaged home (HERE).

Entry Requirements

You must be at least 18 years of age; apart from that there are no prerequisites and we assume no previous knowledge or experience in the building or restoration industry. Candidates are expected to have a high level of language and literacy skills sufficient to analyse and interpret complex documents, be prepared to learn specialised vocabulary appropriate to the restoration industry, comprehend video lectures, participate in field training, adapt spoken language to a range of clients, analyse laboratory reports, prepare written reports to provide precise meaning which meets audience purpose, interpret graphs and tables, and use computer software.


Funding grants available to eligible students (click the link to determine conditions) include:

  • Regional Skills Program. BHP is offering to fund the entire course for citizens living in Bowen Basin and Mackay in Qld, Upper Spencer Gulf and Roxby Downs in SA, the Pilbara and Goldfields region in WA or the Upper Hunter Region in NSW. Conditions apply. Click HERE.
  • Skills Checkpoint Program for older workers’ (40 years or older). Contact: Busy at Work (13 28 79).
  • Centrelink (Services Australia). If you are receiving Centrelink payments, you maybe eligible to receive funds for this course via Job Services Provider or Workforce Australia.


Successful completion of the Mould Testing course will be credited towards the Advanced Diploma of Building Biology (10913NAT).

In this course you will learn

  • evidence for the impact of dampness on human health,
  • how to take an environmental exposure history,
  • conduct a site inspection for sources and sign of moisture ingress,
  • conduct moisture mapping and identify moisture-laden materials,
  • undertake biological monitoring (air, dust and surface sampling),
  • establish the boundary of fungal particulate spread,
  • analyse laboratory results and compare to relevant exposure standards,
  • implement workplace safety and risk management,
  • how to write professional reports.

What will I receive when I successfully complete this course?

Upon successful completion, you will become an ACES Certified Mould Testing Technician. You will receive a nationally accredited Statement of Attainment for NAT10913005 Conduct an assessment of a water-damaged building, a Certificate and ID card to verify you are an ACES certified Mould Testing Technician.

Online live Zoom meeting (AEST)

(Choose from ONE of the following options)

Field Training

(Attend two day field trip)

Thursday evenings (6.30pm to 9.30pm AEST)

3rd August to 14th September and 5th October


Attend ONE of the following field trips (9.30am to 4.30pm)

  • Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th October Venue: Sydney, NSW
  • Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th October Venue: Melbourne, VIC
  • Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th November Venue: Gold Coast, QLD
Thursday evenings
(6.30pm to 9.30pm AEST)
12th, 19th & 26th October and 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th November
Attend ONE of the following field trips (9.30am to 4.30pm)

  • Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th November Venue: Sydney, NSW
  • Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th December Venue: Melbourne, VIC
Thursdays (6pm to 9pm AEDT / 7 to 10pm NZST)

8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th February and 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th March 2024

Attend ONE of the following field trips (9.30am to 4.30pm)

  • Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th April Venue: Sydney, NSW
  • Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th April. Venue: Melbourne, VIC
  • Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th May Venue: Brisbane, QLD
  • Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th May Venue: Perth, WA
  • Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th June. Venue: Auckland, New Zealand
Zoom sessions and field training are compulsory.



Total cost is $2,495 and includes access to all of the online learning materials (downloadable comprehensive manual, videos of the lectures, access to peer reviewed papers) from the day of enrolment, PLUS eight evenings of live ZOOM sessions PLUS two days of field training. Field training will only go ahead subject to sufficient numbers which will be confirmed in the first zoom class. Students will be provided with the contact details of their trainer for the duration of the course. Students are not required to buy any equipment to attend this training, however you will be required to purchase two text books: ANSI/IICRC S520-2015 Standard Guide for Professional Mold Remediation ($120); and Healthy Home Healthy Family ($40). In addition it is highly recommended that students bring their own full face respirator (preferably one that has been fit tested) to the field trip. For details about this, contact the college.


The assessments are designed to ensure you have the knowledge, skills and templates to conduct an assessment of a water-damaged building. The assessments include developing a questionnaire and checklist and writing a report, and completing an online quiz. You will be provided with a mould report template that can be used in your business.