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Advanced Certifications

You can trust a professional remodeling contractor with NARI certification to have access to the latest industry information. Only serious professionals with a real desire to excel in the industry are eligible to participate in NARI's rigorous certification program, which teaches and tests skill sets, safety issues, and ethical business practices. When you see any of the certifications described on this page, you'll know that the affiliated remodeling contractor or company has taken the time to meet performance and business criteria that surpass industry standards.duction text here.


While NARI Certification Programs provide recognition of individuals, Accreditation provides recognition on a company basis. NARI accredited companies demonstrate sound business and operations practices and must have at least one employee with specialized credentials – NARI certifications: MCR, CR, CKBR and other NARI certifications or a Top Tier certification from NAHB or NKBA. This not only shows a commitment to professional skills
development, but also improves results in client relationship and projects overall.

Certified Remodeler (CR)

Designed to recognize and identify full-service remodelers. Candidates must have a minimum of five years experience and be employed by or own a firm that derives 90 percent of its sales volume from remodeling.

Certified Remodeler Associate (CRA)

Recognizes individuals who actively support the remodeling industry, such as architects, designers, educators, manufacturers, publishers, suppliers and consultants.

Certified Remodeler Specialist (CRS)

Reserved for remodelers who specialize in a particular area of the industry, such as roofing or flooring, etc.

Master Certified Remodeler (MCR)

This designation recognizes Certified Remodelers that have demonstrated commitment to the remodeling industry through support of their local chapter, NARI National, and/or their local community. The MCR identifies Certified Remodelers that have withstood the test of time and continue to be successful within the industry Candidates must complete and submit this application for consideration by the NARI Certification Board. In addition to completing and submitting an application to qualify for the MCR certification, candidates must be a Certified Remodeler for a minimum of 10 consecutive years and hold another NARI certification. Candidates must have been involved with their local NARI chapter or NARI National and/or involvement as a leader in the local community. Candidates must submit a letter of recommendation from their chapter executive or chapter president or three letters of recommendation from recent clients.

Universal Design Certified Professional (UDCP)

Individuals with the UDCP designation are recognized as experienced remodelers with skills and knowledge in all aspects of universal design and remodeling. Candidates must complete and submit this application for consideration by the NARI Certification Board In addition to completing and submitting an application, to qualify for the UDCP certification exam, candidates must have been in the remodeling industry for a minimum of 5 years. Candidates must also have completed a minimum of 8 hours of universal design remodeling/ building related education.

Certified Lead Carpenter (CLC)

Designed for lead carpenters who are skilled and knowledgeable in the technical, hands-on aspects of their work, but also have demonstrated skill and knowledge in project management, supervision and customer service. Candidates must have a minimum five years experience with at least two of those years as a lead carpenter. Companies who believe in providing a quality product will make sure their lead carpenters are trained and certified so they can produce better jobs, be more professional, run projects more efficiently, and interact more proactively with their customers.

Certified Kitchen & Bath Remodeler (CKBR)

This designation allows homeowners to identify contractors who do extensive work in kitchen and bath remodeling, and have gone the extra mile to improve themselves and their firm's capabilities in these areas. The CKBR certification addresses the unique aspects of kitchen & bath design and remodeling, including technical expertise and new product knowledge.

Green Certified Professional (GCP)

The GCP designation is designed to recognize and identify remodelers who apply green or sustainable principles to their remodeling projects. They understand key green building concepts including energy efficiency, site management and use, indoor air quality, water conservation and the use of building materials and finishes The GCP certification addresses how green remodeling can make homes more durable, efficient, sustainable, healthier to live in and less expensive to operate.

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