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  • Getting Certified


    Getting Certified is Easy…and important!

    Homeowners hire remodelers they can trust. They want to hire a professional with specific skills, experience, training, and a commitment to ethical conduct. Taking your career to the next level by achieving NARI Certification helps you distinguish yourself and establish that trust. NARI’s Certification Program recognizes the skills and achievements of eight distinct groups of remodeling professionals of particular interest to homeowners.

    NARI Certifications

    • Certified Remodeler (CR) NARI Certified Remodelers (CRs) are professional remodelers who provide a full range of remodeling services. To become a CR, candidates must possess skill and knowledge in a broad range of business management and technical skill areas.

    • Certified Remodeler Specialist (CRS) NARI Certified Remodeler Specialists (CRSs) are professional remodelers who focus on a specific type of work and serve the needs of homeowners interested in their area of technical excellence, such as concrete and masonry work, electrical work, insulation, mechanical systems, plumbing systems, and roofing and siding.

    • Certified Remodeler Associate (CRA) NARI Certified Remodeler Associates (CRAs) actively support the remodeling industry in professions such as architects, designers, manufacturers, suppliers, and consultants.

    • Certified Kitchen and Bath Remodeler (CKBR) NARI Certified Kitchen and Bath Remodelers (CKBRs) provide remodeling services specific to kitchens and bathrooms. To become a CKBR, candidates must possess skills and knowledge focused on the requirement of materials, layout, and installation of kitchens and bathrooms.

    • Certified Lead Carpenter (CLC) NARI Certified Lead Carpenters (CLCs) are the hands-on field personnel who oversee every aspect of the project: customer satisfaction, personnel management, administration, etc. while working on the project.

    • Green Certified Professional (GCP) Designed to recognize and identify remodelers who apply green or sustainable principles to their remodeling projects.

    To apply for certification only, download and complete the appropriate application form supplied by NARI National (which you can download here).

    1. Meet the work experience and continuing education qualifications listed in the application for the relevant designation

    2. Pass a written exam.

    The Certification Program is administered by NARI National, and anyone can arrange for an exam directly with NARI National. The National application forms are available on NARI National’s web site (click here for national application forms).

    There are several ways to prepare for a certification exam. The Chapter sometimes organizes study groups that meet once a week for twelve weeks leading up to an exam. There are no classes scheduled at the moment. If you are interested, please email the NARI Metro DC Executive Director, Joe Normandy (703) 400-1858.

    NARI National also offers online study groups, and the schedule is listed below. For more information on those programs, contact Judy Carlson at NARI National’s office (1-800-611-6274).

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