NARI Certifications

The certification of a remodeling professional under the certification program of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry is the Association’s recognition that the contractor has met certain criteria for experience, commitment to the standards of practice and Code of Ethics of NARI. NARI certification is a challenging process, requiring extensive knowledge of the industry and a commitment to professional conduct. Even highly experienced and skilled remodelers find the screening and testing process formidable.

A NARI Certified remodeling contractor is a member of an elite group-the top professionals of the remodeling industry. Only full-time, professional remodeling contractors who have been actively involved in the industry for at least five years are eligible for certification by NARI. The NARI certified professional has:
  • Received an acceptable review by the NARI Certification Board by providing an outline detailing their hands-on experience, industry training, involvement in continuing education, technical skills, practices in business management, as well as association and community service.

  • Committed to intensive study on a broad range of critical industry issues. Certification candidates participate in a formal study group and spend eight to twelve weeks preparing for a one day exam.

  • Successfully completed a comprehensive written examination covering critical subject areas such as sound business management practices, knowledge of building codes and construction law, plans and specifications, proper and safe use of tools and equipment, job safety, standards of practice and special skill areas.
Deciding to remodel a home is a big decision and outside of the purchase of the home, it may be the single biggest investment a consumer can make. A homeowner can be assured that any time they hire a NARI certified remodeling contractor, they are hiring an individual who has made a strong commitment to the professionalism of the remodeling industry and to his or her business. NARI’s certification program recognizes the skills and achievements of five distinct groups of remodeling professionals of particular interest to homeowners:









Certified Remodeler (CR)
The examination taken by CR applicants comprises sections on business management; building codes and construction law; plans and specifications; tools and equipment; safety; standards of practice; math; and several technical skill areas, including existing construction; special construction; site work; masonry and concrete; rough carpentry; finish carpentry; roofing and siding; insulation; interior finishes; kitchens and baths; plumbing; mechanical systems; and electrical systems.

To qualify for the CR or the CRS designations, applicants submit the required application materials and must:
  • Be employed by or own a firm that derives at least 90 percent of its sales volume through remodeling work
  • Have a minimum of five years continuous service in the remodeling industry
  • Adhere to the NARI Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics
  • Successfully complete a Qualification Matrix detailing their background and experience
  • Successfully complete a one-day written examination on business, construction, and remodeling practices

















Certified Remodeler Specialist (CRS)
The examination taken by CRS applicants comprises sections on business management; building codes and construction law; plans and specifications; tools and equipment; safety; standards of practice; math; and the technical skill area in which they specialize, such as roofing.

To qualify for the CR or the CRS designations, applicants submit the required application materials and must:
  • Be employed by or own a firm that derives at least 90 percent of its sales volume through remodeling work
  • Have a minimum of five years continuous service in the remodeling industry
  • Adhere to the NARI Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics
  • Successfully complete a Qualification Matrix detailing their background and experience
  • Successfully complete a one-day written examination on business, construction, and remodeling practices


















Certified Remodeler Associate (CRA)
The test taken by CRA applicants comprises sections on business management; building codes and construction law; plans and specifications; tools and equipment; safety; standards of practice; and five essay questions on topics related to their industry specialty.

To qualify for the CRA designation, applicants submit the required application materials and must:
  • Have a minimum of five years continuous service in the remodeling industry as an architect, designer, educator, manufacturer, publisher, supplier or consultant
  • Adhere to the NARI Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics
  • Successfully complete a Qualification Matrix detailing their background and experience
  • Successfully complete a one-day written examination on business, construction, and remodeling practices
  • Submit all required application materials and fees


















Certified Lead Carpenter (CLC)
The test taken by CLC applicants comprises sections on business management; plans and specifications; building codes and construction law; evaluations; planning; tools and equipment; job-site safety; carpentry; concrete and masonry; roofing and siding; insulation; plumbing; electrical systems; mechanical systems; special construction; kitchens and baths; interior finishes; communication and people skills; supervision; job-site management; and quality control.

To qualify for the CLC designation, applicants submit the required application materials and must:
  • Have a minimum of five years continuous service in the remodeling industry, with at least two years as a lead carpenter. A Lead carpenter is defined as a remodeling professional who is involved in tasks and has responsibilities beyond the technical production aspects of a project, such as responsibility for customer contact and communication; supervision of subcontractors and employees; managing the job site; scheduling; and safety issues
  • Adhere to the NARI Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics
  • Successfully complete a Qualification Matrix detailing their background and experience, and submit two letters of recommendation (from their employer, a CR or CRS, and/or clients)
  • Successfully complete a one-day written examination on pre-construction issues; technical knowledge; and special skills, such as people and job management

















Certified Kitchen and Bath Remodelers (CKBR)
These professionals 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.















     
        

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