Are you a facility manager, building engineer or property owner that is interested in how indoor air quality (IAQ) affects the occupants of your space? The Council- Certified Indoor Air Quality Manager (CIAQM) certification is designed to demonstrate your ability to diagnose indoor environmental problems in your building, correct those problems, and prevent them from ever happening again.


The CIAQM is sponsored by the American Council for Accredited Certification (ACAC) and is the only accredited certification specifically designed for those that manage indoor air quality problems.


Course Details

The CIAQM prep course is offered online for individuals, and on-site for groups of 6 or more.  The cost of the CIAQM course online is $795.  IAQA members receive a $100 discount.  To register, follow this link: CIAQM Online Course Registration.


Our CIAQM online course will take a minimum of 16 hours to complete. Our online course is self-paced so you can break up the training content to fit your busy schedule. The online training is interactive using audio synchronized to text and pictures to keep your attention and interest. You will be able to save the entire text portion of the course as a PDF file so you can reference the material even after you have completed the course.


You receive 90 days of access to the online training. If your time expires before finishing, you can purchase extensions.


If you would like Ian Cull to teach the CIAQM course privately in your facility, please call our office at 312-920-9393 for details.


CIAQM Certification

Taking our CIAQM course does not automatically make you certified, although you will receive a certificate of completion. To register for the exam, you must contact the American Council for Accredited Certification (ACAC) at 800-942-0832 ( The exam is offered at computerized testing centers throughout the US. There are additional fees associated with getting certified.


There are no prerequisites for taking the CIAQM course but exam applicants must possess one of the following combinations of education and relevant field experience:


  • No degree with at least two (2) years of documented experience in property management, risk management, asset management or corporate policy-making. (high school diploma or GED required.)
  • A two-year post-secondary degree or its equivalent (15 credit hours) in microbiology, engineering, science, architecture, industrial hygiene or related field of science with a minimum of one (1) year of documented field experience in property management, risk management, asset management or corporate policy-making.


CIAQM Course Outline

The Council- Certified Indoor Air Quality Manager (CIAQM) course is comprehensive in its scope, covering concepts in IAQ management, preventative maintenance, microbiology, chemistry, building science, physics, engineering, construction, medicine and law. Below is the course outline:


CIAQM Module 1: Introduction

  • Goals
  • Problems and Solutions
  • IAQ and Productivity
  • Introductions
  • Course Overview
  • CIAQM Certification
  • Reference Documents
  • Indoor Air Quality
  • IAQ Problems

CIAQM Module 2: IAQ Contaminants and Health Effects

  • Purpose
  • At risk populations
  • Sick Building Syndrome
  • Building Related Illness
  • Particulate Matter
  • Specific Air Contaminants
  • Mold
  • Bacteria
  • Viruses
  • Allergens
  • Asthma
  • Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
  • Pesticides
  • Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS)
  • Radon
  • Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS)
  • Carbon monoxide
  • Ozone
  • Asbestos
  • Fiberglass
  • Lead
  • Sewer Gas
  • Occupational Exposure Guidelines

CIAQM Module 3: HVAC and IAQ

  • HVAC Impact on IAQ
  • Commercial HVAC
  • System Types
  • Constant Volume Systems
  • Variable Air Volume
  • All Water Systems
  • Packaged Units
  • Residential-type Systems
  • Temperature and RH
  • Filtration
  • Efficiency Scales
  • Electrostatic Precipitators
  • Gas Phase Air Cleaners
  • Cooling Coils
  • UV Lights
  • Condensate Drain Pans
  • Duct work
  • Cooling Tower
  • Outdoor Air Ventilation
  • Space Pressurization
  • Mechanical Room Cleanliness
  • IAQ and Energy
  • Energy Recovery Ventilation
  • Demand Controlled Ventilation
  • Ventilation Effectiveness

CIAQM Module 4: IAQ Management

  • Outline
  • Policy Statement
  • IAQ Management Plan
  • IAQ Notebook
  • Assignments and Training
  • IAQ Manager Responsibilities
  • Protocols
  • Complaint Response System
  • Collecting Complaints
  • Logging Complaints
  • Responding to Complaints
  • Case Study
  • Outside Consultants
  • Marketing
  • Budgeting

CIAQM Module 5: Assessing IAQ

  • IAQ Profile
  • Diagnosing IAQ Problems
  • IAQ Assessment Plan
  • Step 1: Gather Information
  • Document Review
  • Occupant Interviews
  • Formal Questionnaires
  • Step 2: Walk Through Inspection
  • Outside the Building
  • In the Occupied Space
  • HVAC System
  • Step 3: Indicator Measurements
  • Temperature and RH
  • Outdoor Air Ventilation
  • Moisture Measurements
  • Pressurization
  • Step 4: Diagnostic Measurements
  • Formulate Hypothesis
  • Test Hypothesis
  • Test Results
  • Hiring Outside Consultants

CIAQM Module 6: Resolving IAQ Problems

  • Controlling and IAQ Problem
  • Source Control
  • Ventilation
  • Filtration
  • Reducing VOCs
  • Reducing Radon
  • Controlling ETS
  • Mold Remediation
  • Standards and Guidelines
  • IICRC S520
  • NYC Department of Health
  • EPA
  • Safety and Health
  • Fixing the Moisture Problem
  • Contaminant Control
  • Contaminant Removal
  • Chemical Usage
  • Choosing a Contractor
  • Duct Cleaning

CIAQM Module 7: Preventing IAQ Problems

  • Outline
  • Preventative Maintenance
  • Healthy Alternatives
  • Healthier Cleaners
  • Healthier Vacuums
  • Healthier Pest Management
  • Healthier Paint
  • Managing On-site Chemicals
  • Chemical Inventory
  • Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)
  • Stopping Contaminants at the Door
  • Guidelines for Remodeling
  • CIAQM Practice Examination

Student Cancellation and Refund Policy

The online course is non-refundable and non-transferable.


To register, follow this link: CIAQM Online Course Registration.