SEATTLE — HC Info’s ASSE 12080 course bundle is a go-at-your-own-pace training approved to meet the educational requirements of ASSE/IAPMO/ANSI Standard 12080, the new “Professional Qualifications Standard for Legionella Water Safety and Management Personnel in the U.S.”
“We commend ASSE International for its leadership in establishing the first-ever certification program in the United States for people involved in managing the risk of legionella associated with building water systems, and we are honored to be a part of it,” said Matt Freije, CEO, HC Info.
ASSE 12080 Legionella certification will enhance the credentials of building and property management personnel, plumbing and HVAC contractors and engineers, industrial hygienists, infection preventionists, water treatment specialists, health department personnel, and others involved in legionella prevention. As indicated by pending Pennsylvania Senate Bill 1285, legionella certification could even become a requirement for certain roles.
Anyone can become ASSE-12080 certified by completing 24 hours of approved education and then passing the ASSE-proctored exam.
Marianne Waickman, professional qualifications director at ASSE, clarified that the ASSE 12080 Legionella Water Safety and Management Specialist certification is not just for individuals providing legionella-related services, but also for facilities management and other personnel who have key roles on water management program (WMP) teams.
“Training and certification are important elements in having qualified professionals participating on water management teams,” she said.
HC Info’s school offers online courses that are available 24/7 and can be taken at the student’s pace via the company’s proprietary cloud-based WMP software, Legionella Assessment and Prevention Management (LAMPS).
HC Info’s ASSE 12080-approved training is broken down into 14 online courses that vary in length from one to 2.5 hours each. The first four courses are part of the series, “Building a Successful Legionella Risk Management Program.” The next five are on designing, operating, and maintaining building water systems to minimize legionella risk. Four courses are part of the series, “Sampling Water Systems to Validate Legionella Control.” The last course is titled “Remediation Roadmap for Legionella: Comprehensive Step-by-Step Response Plan.”
After finishing HC Info’s ASSE 12080 courses, David Crow, the business development manager for Garratt-Callahan Company’s Water Safety Group, said, “I found the HC Info course material very relevant, helpful, and [it] added to my knowledge base. Being able to take the courses at my own pace was a big benefit. It saved a tremendous amount of money in airfare, motels, restaurants… and my time.”