Certified Indoor Air Quality Manager

Are you a facility manager, building engineer, or health and safety officer who wants to improve the indoor air quality of your building? Are you properly prepared to handle air quality complaints? Common mistakes can turn a small grievance into a wildfire of speculation and accusation. In this Certified Indoor Air Quality Manager Online Training and Certification course, you'll learn how to diagnose, resolve, and prevent indoor air quality (IAQ) complaints. You'll also establish a...

6 Months / 16 Course Hrs
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Course code: GES715

What you will learn

  • Learn how to develop a comprehensive IAQ management plan that includes explicit instructions for any situation
  • Discover how to establish and implement a system to manage IAQ complaints
  • Examine everything involved in developing an IAQ Profile for your buildings in order to track history and report changes
  • Learn to identify conditions that lead to IAQ problems and assess associated health risks
  • Discover the secrets to addressing and preventing air quality problems before they occur

How you will benefit

  • Discover the secrets to preventing or controlling IAQ problems before they get out of hand
  • Save money and time by learning how to solve simple IAQ problems in-house
  • Learn how to market and budget for indoor air quality - a crucial concern for most businesses
  • Apply the knowledge and skills you learn to limit health risks and prevent serious problems

How the course is taught

  • Self-paced, online course
  • 6 Months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 16 course hours
  1. Introduction
    1. Goals
    2. Problems and Solutions
    3. IAQ and Productivity
    4. Introductions
    5. Course Overview
    6. CIAQM Certification
    7. Reference Documents
    8. Indoor Air Quality
    9. IAQ Problems
  2. 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
  3. HVAC and IAQ
    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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Preventing IAQ Problems
    1. Preventative Maintenance
    2. Healthy Alternatives
    3. Stopping Contaminants at the Door
    4. Guidelines for Remodeling

Ian Cull is the president of Indoor Sciences and has worked in the indoor air quality and building science fields since 1995. Previously, he served as vice president of the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) from 2008-2011 and served as a director from 2006-2011. Cull has a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. He is a Licensed Professional Engineer (PE), a Certified Indoor Environmental Consultant (CIEC), and a Certified Indoor Air Quality Professional (CIAQP). Cull frequently lectures on indoor air quality and building science and has developed numerous seminars and certification courses on the topics.


There are no prerequisites to take this course. However, there are experience requirements if you plan to take the optional certification exam by the American Council for Accredited Certification (ACAC). ACAC requires a high school diploma or GED, along with two years of documented experience in property management, risk management, asset management, or corporate policy-making. Questions regarding certification should be directed to ACAC.


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or later.
  • Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment an available online. You'll be able to save the entire text portion of the course as a PDF file so that you can reference the material even after you've completed the course.

Yes, ed2go courses are completely online. However, keep in mind that not all certifying bodies or industry-specific certifications are recognized internationally. Please review your country's regulations prior to enrolling in courses that prepare for certification.

Yes, this course prepares you to take the certification examination offered by the American Council for Accredited Certification (ACAC). Additional fees apply.

This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.

This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive six (6) months to complete the course.

The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact the student advising team to see what options you may have available to work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

The course instructor will be available by email to answer any questions and provide feedback on your performance. Occasionally, your course may be supported by a team of industry experts. You will also receive support from the student advising team.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.

This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

This course is non-credit, so it does not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more about financial assistance.

If you have questions that are not answered on our website, representatives are available via LIVE chat. You can also call us at 1-877-221-5151 during regular business hours to have your questions promptly answered. If you are visiting us during non-business hours, please send us a question using the "Contact Us" form.

The CIAQM course is designed for individuals who work each day in the same facility, serving or managing the building's occupants. The CIE course is designed for consultants who may respond to specific, complex indoor air problems, without having to manage relationships with the building occupants.

American Council for Accredited Certification (ACAC)
The mission of the American Council for Accredited Certification (ACAC) is to provide prestigious certifications in the area of indoor air quality (IAQ). The council is the only accredited IAQ certifying body that operates as an independent third party, operating separately from training centers and industry membership organizations. The council is recognized for its independence, integrity, and credibility, and when you enroll in a course certified by ACAC, employers will know you're a serious professional with those traits as well.