Understanding Mold: Insurance CE Class in Spokane, WA


June 29, 2022    
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

CE Class: Understanding Mold (1 CE credit, WA) | Location: Your Agency in Spokane, WA! | Course #619495

Black mold spores in the background; in the foreground: PuroClean of North Spokane offers the in-person Insurance Agent Continuing Education (CE) class "Understanding Mold" for insurance agents in the Spokane, WA areaThis 1-hour CE course is a private, invitation-only event at the office of a Spokane area insurance agency partner.

Would you like to schedule this on-site workshop for you and your staff?

Please contact Jerome at PuroClean of North Spokane: (509) 505-5353 or email [email protected]

As an insurance professional, why is it important to understand mold and how it can affect a property damage claim?

  • Where there’s water, there’s mold: visible mold can begin growing in as little as 24-48 hours at room temperature in wet environments, making mold a factor in many water damage claims.

  • Mold hysteria: Some property damage restoration contractors, “less invasive” mold removal companies, and sellers of household mold test kits have used marketing to create unreasonable fear of mold while lining their pockets. Consequently there is widespread misunderstanding about what mold is, what it does, and how it can be effectively mitigated. We’ll help you address the concerns of your policyholders in a direct and compassionate way by providing a wider, fact-based perspective.

You will learn:

  • What mold contamination is and is not. Common myths & misunderstandings about the presence of mold in homes and how this may affect occupant health will be addressed.

  • What conditions cause visible mold to grow within a home, and how mold contamination may affect structural components (walls, carpeting & other flooring) and contents (furniture, personal belongings, etc.).

  • Why mold in homes and commercial buildings is most often a symptom of a structural “illness” or defect, and why this should be addressed prior to, or as a part of, mold cleaning and removal.

Additional topics:

  • Tempering fear with facts: how fear-based marketing has created outsized concern about mold contamination and mold illness, and how these often distract homeowners from addressing critical underlying issues.

  • Ethical conduct by restoration companies in mold contamination assessment and mitigation.

On the left side top and bottom are images of two attics with flaky, dark-colored growth suspected to be black mold. On the right top and bottom, the same attic areas are shown with greatly reduced suspected microbial/mold growth after PuroClean of North Spokane's licensed and certified mold mitigation experts finished attic mold removal.

Registration Info:

  • This 1-hour CE course is a private, invitation-only event at the office of a Spokane area insurance agency partner. If you would like to schedule this on-site workshop for you and your staff, please contact Jerome at PuroClean of North Spokane: (509) 505-5353 or email [email protected]

Looking for more CE Credits? Check here for our current schedule!

WA License Renewal & CE Credit FAQs:

  • Q: How many continuing education credits do I need to renew my license?

  • A: Each resident individual producer with life, disability, property, casualty or personal lines must complete a total of 24 credit hours of CE which must include 3 hours of ethics credits prior to license renewal or reinstatement.

  • Q: How can I make sure I haven’t taken this class already?

  • A: Compare this course number and description to other classes you’ve completed since your last renewal: WA #619495 – Understanding Mold. If both match another course you’ve completed during this renewal cycle, you will not receive credit for taking this course.

  • Q: Can I take this course now and apply the credits to a future renewal cycle (beyond my next one)?

  • A: No. CE credits can only be applied to license renewal for the period in which they are earned (they cannot be banked/frontloaded).

  • Q: Is the instructor an approved CE provider in Washington?

  • A: Yes. Jerome Matthews, WA State OIC Approved CE Provider #28567 (PuroSystems LLC), will be facilitating this workshop.

  • Q: How do I find my Washington State License Number (WAOIC) and/or National Producer Number (NPN)?

  • A: You can look up this information for yourself, other agents, agencies or companies on the OIC’s website.

  • Q: I’m a resident individual adjuster or an individual non-resident adjuster who claims Washington as my home state. What are my CE requirements?

  • A: Beginning July 15, 2022, the CE requirements for individual resident and non-resident adjusters are the same as those given for individual resident producers above.

About the Instructor

A collection of photos showing Jerome Matthews, co-owner of PuroClean of North Spokane, a locally owned property damage restoration company in Spokane, WA

Jerome Matthews has spent most of his working life in training & development roles, first at a few well-known Washington companies and later as a healthcare provider instructing physicians, nurses, and physical therapists across the country. An Inland NW native, he began his third career in mid-2019 when he co-founded PuroClean of North Spokane, a property damage restoration company specializing in the mitigation of structural damage due to water, fire, mold, and biohazards. He is a Biorisk Management Specialist, a Certified Trauma & Crime Scene Technician, and one of 30 Certified Forensic Operators in the United States. In his free time (what’s that?) he enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, single malt whiskeys & Bourbons, and pretending he’s good at golf.

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