What does NARI Certification mean to the homeowner?
For a homeowner, deciding to remodel your home is a big decision. Outside of buying the home, it may be the single biggest investment a homeowner makes. A consumer considering a major home improvement needs to know that the remodeling contractor he or she chooses is a full-time, dedicated remodeling professional. NARI's certification program offers this assurance through its extensive screening and testing process.
Only full-time, professional remodeling contractors are eligible for NARI certification. A homeowner who hires a home improvement contractor with a NARI certification is hiring an individual who has made a strong commitment to not only his or her own professionalism, but that of the remodeling industry and to his or her business. And because remodelers are not eligible for certification until they have been actively involved in the remodeling industry for at least five years, a homeowner knows that the NARI certified remodeling professional they hire has had a number of years to develop the experience and skills that can only be gained through extensive hands-on practice.
For the homeowner, it’s comforting to know that their remodeling contractor has a long-term commitment to his or her profession and the home improvement industry.
For the remodeler, it sets them apart in the market and offers a unique selling proposition.
How does a remodeling contractor become certified?
NARI certification is a challenging process, requiring extensive knowledge of the remodeling industry and a commitment to professional conduct. Even highly experienced and skilled remodelers find the screening and testing process formidable.
A homeowner can gain a sense of security knowing that the NARI certified remodeling professional they hire has:
Types of Certifications
NARI’s certification program recognizes the skills and achievements of several distinct groups of remodeling professionals of particular interest to homeowners:
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.
To qualify for the CR designation, applicants must meet all of the following:
Certified Remodeler Specialist (CRS)
NARI Certified Remodeler Specialists (CRSs) are professional remodelers who focus on 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.
To qualify for the CRS designation, applicants must meet all of the following:
NARI Certified Remodeler Associates (CRAs) actively support the remodeling industry in professions such as architects, designers, manufacturers, suppliers, and consultants.
To qualify for the CRA designation, applicants must meet all of the following:
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.
To qualify for the CKBR designation, applicants must meet all of the following:
Green Certified Professional (GCP)
Designed to recognize and identify remodelers who apply green or sustainable principles to their remodeling projects.
To qualify for the GCP designation, applicants must meet all of the following:
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.
To qualify for the CLC designation, applicants must meet all of the following:
Universal Design Certified Professional
NARI Universal Design Certified Professional (UDCP) professionals handle renovations that are appealing not only for “aging in place,” but for anybody who wishes to move about his or her home freely, without barrier and without giving their home that institutional look. Families who have members with special needs also benefit from a UDCP.
It’s no wonder homeowners feel more comfortable relying on remodeling contractors who have earned NARI certification.
The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) is the only national association dedicated solely to the remodeling industry. NARI’s focus is on professional conduct, continuing education and training, and fair and ethical treatment within the home improvement industry. NARI certification of professional remodeling contractors serves as the association’s recognition of remodeling professionals who have met stringent criteria for experience and pledged a commitment to the highest standards of practice and to NARI’s Code of Ethics.
Among the factors NARI encourages homeowners to consider when selecting a remodeling contractor, in addition to NARI certification, is an assessment of and satisfaction with the remodeling contractor’s workmanship, reputation and integrity, durability of materials used, and equipment. Before hiring any home improvement contractor, homeowners are urged to check references and if possible, visit and inspect similar projects that he or she has completed.