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Indoor air quality is an ever changing science and therefore it is the goal of all Environmental AirTechs’ staff to be up to date on the relevant science as it becomes available. This is accomplished by gaining as much experience and knowledge through continued training for the purpose of understanding the limits and/or extent environmental factors (including thermal imaging) may attribute to occupant complaints revolving around your home, workplace, or building. Such conditions, given time, (or ignored) may affect your greatest assets and investment(s), i.e. your home, building, inventory, and workforce.

How can Environmental AirTechs help our clients? With a Council-certified Environmental Thermography Consultant (CETC) on our team, Environmental AirTechs is able to demonstrate the expected knowledge to conduct reliable investigation, inspections, indoor air quality assessments including, but not limited to, moisture; heat loss; potential condensation points; claim support; cause of loss; cooling leaks; etc., thereafter assemble a report reflecting our findings.

What is a CETC?

A Council-certified Environmental Thermography Consultant (CETC) has earned the most respected certification in the field of Thermography Consulting.

A CETC is certified as knowledgeable and experienced in Thermography Consulting that may help in resolving complaints which may include although not limited to: moisture detection, HV/AC leaks, building science, thermal pathways, or microbial issues.

The Council-certified Environmental Thermography Consultant (CETC) perform building investigations using infrared thermography to locate and identify problems which may be contributing to poor indoor air quality.

A CETC has verified knowledge of disciplines related to infrared thermography and the building sciences. They must understand the most effective techniques for conducting building investigations using infrared thermography and must know how to use infrared technology in applications such as:

  • Roof inspections
  • Building exterior investigations
  • Building interior investigations
  • Plumbing investigations

To Earn an Accredited CETC, the candidate must:

  • Demonstrate at least eight (8) years of verifiable field experience in IAQ consulting
  • Pass a rigorous, psychometrically rated examination based on broad industry knowledge rather than a course curriculum
  • Earn the unanimous approval of the CETC certification board
  • Re-certify every two years
  • Participate in 20 hours of professional development activities each year
  • Maintain the highest ethical standards

The Required Body of Knowledge:
The effective practice of environmental thermography consulting requires specialized knowledge of a variety of subjects, including current standards and best practices. For certification purposes, the candidate for the CETC designation must demonstrate familiarity with the basic concepts and reference materials of the industry, such as those summarized in the following list.
* American Council for Accredited Certification, Code of Conduct, www.acac.org
* Peng Lee and Eugene Bramlett, Practical Infrared Thermography, (Home Safe Home Services, 2010), 662-236-1232.

The Required Skills:
A Council-certified Environmental Thermography Consultant (CETC) has demonstrated the following skills through a combination of documented experience, documented education and training and the successful completion of an examination process.
Apply basic principles of thermal and infrared physics to building inspections:
* The Physics of Energy
* Infrared Instruments
* Principles of Thermal Imaging
* Infrared System Parameters
* Interpretation of Infrared Images
* Basic Principles of Thermodynamics
* Material Thermal Properties
* Heat Transfer

Choose, calibrate and operate infrared equipment effectively
* Understand hardware used in infrared thermography
* Choose an infrared camera
* Operate an infrared camera
* Optimize an infrared image
*Overcome common obstacles to effective camera operation

Conduct effective building inspections using infrared thermography
*Utilize and manipulate thermal windows to collect useful infrared data
* Conduct infrared inspections of building exteriors
* Conduct infrared inspections of roof structures
* Conduct infrared inspections of building electrical systems
* Conduct infrared inspections of building interiors

The CETC certification has been submitted to the Council of Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards (CESB) for accreditation under its engineering and scientific specialties. The CESB is a nationally recognized independent accreditation body. ACAC certifications are the ONLY designations in indoor air quality to earn CESB accreditation.

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