Advanced Spore Trap Air Sampling

Brantley May

Building Scientist, Indoor Environmentalist
This is an advanced course to make you an expert on spore trap air sampling, taking you through advanced lab interpretation, expert testing methods, and a deep dive into all of the benefits and limitations of this method.
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What's included?

  • 4 Chapters
  • Dual Certification
  • Practice Quizzes
  • 4 Hours of Video
  • Real world examples

Become a Pro Inspector

Spore trap sampling is the most common testing method amongst mold inspectors and indoor environmentalist and probably the most misunderstood. Let's dive deep into the world of air sampling to make you an expert inspector.

See Real World Examples

Once you learn the concepts, you will see real-world examples of how the concepts can forever change how you look at spore trap air sampling.

What am I going to learn?

Outstanding practical information that you can immediately apply to the field.


  • How does a spore trap work?
  • Assessing Exposure from fungi
  • Assessing Presence of fungi
  • Looking at Spore Traps Together (under microscope)

Testing Techniques

  • Understanding the Equipment
  • Creating a Sampling Plan
  • Location of Sampling
  • Sampling Conditions
  • Spore Trap as a Forensic Tool
  • Wall Cavity Sampling

Interpreting Lab Results

  • Overview of Common Fungi
  • Lab Methods
  • Limitations of Testing
  • Raw Count, Spores/m³. Percentage
  • Other Particulates

  • Idenitfying Outdoor Air
  • How to Consider a Sample "Elevated" using Science
  • Case Studies

 Certification included

  • Certificate of Completion

    Approved 6-hour continuing education for:
    • ACAC: CRMI
Meet the instructor

Brantley May

Brantley is a Building Scientist and Council-Certified Indoor Environmental Consultant with a specialty in Mycology and certified by the McCrone Research Institute and the Oshner Medical Center for the examination and identification of fungal spores and pollen via microscopy. Brantley has also been trained as a mycologist and certified by Dr. John Shane, from PriorityLab, one of the most renown Mycologists in the industry.
Patrick Jones - Course author

Course contents

Frequently asked questions

Do I need prior knowledge of spore trap air sampling?

No! This course is designed in an easy to understand way and walks you through all aspects of spore trap testing. However, it would be handy to have a basic level of experience with these pumps and tests. We are going to assume that you are familiar with common mold spores and how to use the sampling equipment.

How long do I have access to the course content?

Once purchased, you will have 60 days to consume all the content in the course. The course is designed so that you can work on bits and pieces at a time, or knock it out in two days! It's completely up to you.

How do I receive my certificate?

Once all the course material is completed, a certificate will be automatically issued to you.

What is my next step after taking this course?

This course is designed to teach you the basics of building science. We believe the concepts of building science are necessary to move forward in almost any sector of the construction or inspection industry. Once this course is complete, you will have the fundamental concepts to apply towards your desired field. This could be home inspections, energy auditing, blower door testing, mold inspection, indoor environmental assessments, building construction, HVAC, and more.

What if I have questions about concepts I don't understand?

The instructors for the course are available for any questions you may have. Additionally, each video has a section to add questions and comments so that you can engage with the instructors and other students on topics specific to the content at hand.