Certified Indoor Air Quality Manager (CIAQM)

The program is provided by the American Council for Accredited Certification for facility managers, building engineers, or health and safety officers who wants to improve the indoor air quality of building.  In this Certified Indoor Air Quality Manager Program, you'll learn how to diagnose and resolve indoor air quality (IAQ) issues, therefore improve indoor air quality. You’ll also establish a comprehensive IAQ plan specific to your buildings.

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

Course Outline

I. Introduction

  1. Goals
  2. Problems and Solutions
  3. IAQ and Productivity
  4. Introductions
  5. Program Overview
  6. CIAQM Certification
  7. Reference Documents
  8. Indoor Air Quality
  9. IAQ Problems

II. IAQ Contaminants and Health Effects

  1. At-risk Populations
  2. Sick-building Syndrome
  3. Building-related Illness
  4. Particulate Matter
  5. Specific Air Contaminants
  6. Occupational Exposure Guidelines


  1. HVAC Impact on IAQ
  2. Commercial HVAC
  3. Temperature and RH
  4. Filtration
  5. Cooling Coils
  6. UV Lights
  7. Condensate Drain Pans
  8. Duct Work
  9. Cooling Tower
  10. Outdoor Air Ventilation
  11. Space Pressurization
  12. Mechanical Room Cleanliness
  13. IAQ and Energy

IV. IAQ Management

  1. Policy Statement
  2. IAQ Management Plan
  3. IAQ Notebook
  4. Assignments and Training
  5. IAQ Manager Responsibilities
  6. Protocols
  7. Complaint Response System
  8. Case Study
  9. Outside Consultants
  10. Marketing
  11. Budgeting

V. Assessing IAQ

  1. IAQ Profile
  2. Diagnosing IAQ Problems
  3. IAQ Assessment Plan
    1. Step 1: Gather Information
    2. Step 2: Walk-through Inspection
    3. Step 3: Indicator Measurements
    4. Step 4: Diagnostic Measurements

VI. Resolving IAQ Problems

  1. Controlling an IAQ Problem
  2. Source Control
  3. Ventilation
  4. Filtration
  5. Reducing VOCs
  6. Reducing Radon
  7. Controlling ETS
  8. Mold Remediation

VII. Preventing IAQ Problems

  1. Preventative Maintenance
  2. Healthy Alternatives
  3. Stopping Contaminants at the Door
  4. Guidelines for Remodeling