Finding an effective consultant or contractor to assess or control a healthy homes hazard is challenging. Consultants and contractors tout their qualifications and often cite various credentials they hold to highlight their knowledge and experience, but only an experienced buyer can discern the strength or validity of these qualifications. Some of these credentials can help consumers distinguish a seasoned performer from a newcomer with little professional expertise. Others are less helpful, indicating only that the person sat through a class or joined an association.
NCHH evaluated more than 80 credentials and identified those that were directly relevant to healthy homes and were credible enough to be useful to someone seeking a healthy homes professional. It found 22 credentials that met the criteria. See below for a list of credentials, arranged by the purpose of the work or the type of hazard. For more information on the selection process
Visit www.hhcontractors.org for a searchable database of consultants and contractors who have one or more of these credentials and who have joined the program. There is no charge for users to search or for consultants and contractors to participate. NCHH and National Capitol Contracting, LCC developed the website with sponsorship from the Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).