Cornerstone Training Institute Partners with Bluepoint Environmental, AMD Environmental, and Upstate Training to Provide First-Class Mold Assessment & Treatment Program

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Cornerstone Training Institute unites with Bluepoint Environmental, AMD Environmental, and Upstate Training to provide mold treatment and assessment programs in accordance with the New York State Department of Labor’s new Mold Program.

On January 1, 2016, a new law takes effect that requires assessors, contractors and their workers in the mold remediation industry to receive proper training and licensing in accordance with the Department of Labor’s New York State Labor Law.

Cornerstone Training Institute has teamed with Bluepoint Environmental and AMD Environmental to provide three premier microbial remediation and assessment programs in New York State.

On January 1, 2016, a new law takes effect that requires assessors, contractors and their workers in the mold remediation industry to receive proper training and licensing in accordance with the Department of Labor’s New York State Labor Law. The goal of the new legislation is to provide licensing requirements and establish minimum work standards for persons and businesses engaged in mold remediation and mold abatement activities via the DOL’s Mold Program.

Although many statewide environmental training institutes will be providing revised mold assessment and treatment programs in accordance with the new legislation, Cornerstone has united with two of the most experienced environmental consultants in the industry to ensure that local contractors receive what many consider the best mold assessment training program in New York State.

The three training classes Cornerstone provides:

  • Mold Assessment (Nov. 30 – Dec. 3, Dec. 7 – 10): For consultants that identify mold problems and prescribe remedial techniques to be implemented by contractors.
  • Mold Contractor (Nov. 18 – 20): For contractors that take assessment and remediation plans from assessors and create an abatement plan to remove mold hazards.
  • Mold Technician (Nov. 16 – 17): For laborers that work under the contractor to execute abatement plans.

Spearheading the training program are Anthony DeMiglio, Founder of AMD Environmental, Matthew DaRin, Founder and Lead Scientist at Bluepoint Environmental, and David Jones, Owner of Upstate Training. Mr. DeMiglio has over 20 years experience assessing and treating hazardous environments. Mr. DaRin has studied the effects of fungi and other plant-based hazards on humans since he received his Bachelor’s in Environmental & Forest Biology in 2000 and was a recipient of the Central New York Business Journal’s 2012 “40 Under 40” award. Mr. Jones has worked in residential and commercial construction for 28 years and as a local home inspector for 19 years.

“We’re blessed to have Bluepoint, AMD, and Upstate Training working with us to ensure that all contractors and assessors receive the first-class training they deserve in accordance with the Department of Labor’s new mold certification program,” said Darren Yehl, President and Training Director at Cornerstone Training Institute. “As far as mold consultation goes, Matthew DaRin, Anthony DeMiglio, and David Jones have some of the most impressive resumes in the industry, and their expertise in mold assessment and treatment are nationally recognized.”

Mr. DaRin, Mr. DeMiglio, and Mr. Jones join other trainers including Kevin Hutton, Vice President and Training Director at Cornerstone with over 16 years experience in the treatment of hazardous materials; Darren Yehl, President of the Professional Abatement Contractors of New York (PACNY); and Davis E. Frederiksen, a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) since 1981.

Over the last 20 years, there has been a rise in “toxic mold disease” deaths and mold-related illnesses. If exposed to mold for extended periods of time, it can cause irreversible damage to your mental and physical health, and according to the Institute of Medicine is a known catalyst for respiratory illness and asthma.

“The reason that the Department of Labor has gone to great lengths to pass legislation designed to tackle the mold problem is that mold often goes undetected for years,” noted Yehl. “Many people who live in homes or work in buildings with mold may blame allergies or other external factors for their symptoms when the cause of their health issues is right under their nose. It’s not something that doctors readily diagnose, so in many cases these individuals continue to struggle with their health while the mold they’re exposed to remains untreated.”

For more information and to sign up for a mold assessment program prior to the January 1, 2016 cut-off date for mold assessment certification, visit

About Cornerstone Training Institute
Cornerstone Training Institute is New York State’s most qualified Environmental Safety Firm with a proven history of minimizing risk while maximizing worksite efficiencies and cost savings. The Cornerstone Training Institute team represents the most qualified and experienced specialists in the field of asbestos, lead, and OSHA training. For more information, please visit or call 585-319-3625.

About Bluepoint Environmental
Bluepoint is a multifaceted indoor environmental quality-consulting firm, which provides a wide variety of indoor air quality testing and analytical services for both commercial and residential properties. Bluepoint distinguishes itself in part due their particularly high level of experience and expertise in dealing with indoor microbiological issues, including mold contamination and other water related building issues. To learn more, visit

About AMD Environmental
Based in Buffalo, AMD Environmental has over 25 years of experience consulting, sampling, and monitoring projects in the environmental domain. The firm and staff currently hold EPA Lead Based Paint Professional Licensing, NYSDOL Asbestos Inspector/ Project Monitor Certification, State of Texas Department of Health Mold Assessment Certification, Consultants Licenses, and IICRC S520 Moisture Management Certification. For more info, visit

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