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 Program, you'll learn how to diagnose, resolve, and prevent indoor air quality (IAQ) complaints. 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


Not only does our program teach you practical skills to improve your building's indoor air, it also prepares you for third-party certification by the American Council for Accredited Certification (ACAC). The Certified Indoor Air Quality Manager Program will educate you on all the pertinent topics covered on the certification exam. You can even take a 100-question practice examination to prepare for the exam.

Getting certified is completely optional. Exams are arranged through ACAC at computerized testing centers throughout the U.S. Certain experience requirements and fees apply to ACAC certifications, but there are no experience requirements for this online program. Upon registering, you're given an initial six months to complete this program.

  • Registration + Fees

    Begins: Open enrollment | REGISTER

    Course: OAQX800.01 

    Tuition: $995 | Prospective students of this program may be eligible for full or partial federal tuition assistance under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

  • Outline

    1. 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
    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

  • Requirements

    This program is compatible with the Windows XP and later operating systems and IE 7 and later browsers.

    The Adobe Flash Player is required for this program. Click here to download the Flash Player.

    All material is available online. You'll be able to save the entire text portion of the program as a PDF file so that you can reference the material even after you’ve completed the program.


    There are no prerequisites to taking the CIAQM Program. There are, however, experience requirements for those students wishing 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.

    This program is for you if you manage indoor air quality complaints in buildings. Facility managers, building engineers, property managers, health and safety officers, and other building staff will find the program valuable for its training in improving air quality while reducing complaints.

  • Instructor

    Ian Cull, PE, CIEC, CIAQP is the President of Indoor Sciences. He is a well-known speaker and consultant on topics related to indoor air quality, mold, and green buildings. Mr. Cull began in the fields of indoor air quality (IAQ) and building science in 1995 when joining Chelsea Group, Ltd. Through the years, Mr. Cull has developed and taught numerous seminars, certification courses and customized presentations reaching over 2,000 individuals in the US and several other countries including China and India. Mr. Cull has been the principal instructor for the following courses: Certified Indoor Environmentalist (CIE), Fundamentals of Indoor Air Quality and HVAC, Certified IAQ Manager (CIAQM) and Certified Microbial Investigator (CMI). His in-depth knowledge in all aspects of building science, IAQ and sustainability make him a highly respected and commended teacher.

    Mr. Cull is a professional environmental engineer whose skill in the classroom is based off his vast experience managing a large number of projects focusing on improved indoor environments and sustainability. His experience ranges from assessments in offices, schools, homes, dormitories, condominiums, hospitals and health care facilities. Mr. Cull is not only proficient in finding problems, but offering appropriate solutions and recommendations to prevent future re-occurrences.

    Mr. Cull served as Vice President of the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) from 2008-2011. He was elected by the membership of the IAQA to serve as a Director from 2006-2011. Mr. Cull also served as a non-voting board member of the Indoor Environmental Standards Organization (IESO) from 2007-2010.

    Ian Cull has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Engineering from one of the country’s top Environmental Engineering programs at University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. He is a Licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in the state of Illinois, a Certified Indoor Environmental Consultant (CIEC), and a Certified Indoor Air Quality Professional (CIAQP).

    Ian Cull is a member of the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA), American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), and the International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate (ISIAQ).

  • FAQs

    1. Can I register for programs if I am an international student?

    Yes, because ed2go programs are online you never have to actually travel to the school. Most schools offer telephone or online registration.

    2. How long does it take to complete a program?

    All of our programs are self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start them when you want and finish them at your own pace. Upon registering, you're given six months to complete this program.

    3. Do I have to buy additional materials?


    4. Can I get financial assistance?

    ed2go courses are non-credit courses, so they do not qualify for federal aid. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses.

    5. What happens when I complete the program?

    Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded a certificate of completion.

    6. Am I guaranteed a job?

    ed2go programs will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. We don't provide direct job placement services, but our facilitators and career counselors will help you build your resume and are available to give advice on finding your first job. Facilitators will also be available to use as a professional reference upon completion of the program. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

    7. Who will be my instructor?

    Each student is paired up with a facilitator for one-on-one interaction. The facilitator will be available (via e-mail) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our facilitators are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach.

    8. What software or hardware do I need in order to take online programs and what are the system requirements?

    In order to take our online programs, you must have access to a computer and the Internet. You can access the program contents from any Web-enabled computer. You don't have to use the same computer to log-in to the program every time. We recommend that you have the latest version of Internet Explorer.

    9. Can I use a Mac?

    Yes, you can use a Mac for this program.

    10. How can I get more information about the program?

    If you have questions that are not answered on our website, please feel free to contact us via LIVE chat (click the button toward the top of the page). If you are visiting us during non-business hours, please feel free to send us a question using the "Contact Us" form to the right. You may also call us at 1-855-520-6806. We will answer your questions promptly.

    11. When can I start the program?

    Our programs are all open enrollment. You can register and start the program as soon as you are ready.

    Please note: Once the program curriculum is accessed online or through submission of a material shipment confirmation, refunds cannot be issued.

    12. Does taking this program make me certified?

    No. Students wishing to become a Certified Indoor Air Quality Manager (CIAQM) must meet certain eligibility requirements and pass an examination offered by the American Council for Accredited Certification (ACAC). Additional fees apply.

    13. How is this program different from the Certified Indoor Environmentalist (CIE)?

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

    14. What if I don't have enough time to complete my program within the time frame provided?

    The time allotted to complete your program has been calculated based on the number of hours for each program, so don't worry too much about not completing in time. If, after a concerted effort, you are still unable to complete, your Student Advisor will help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that a fee will be charged for an extension.