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National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) Certified Professionals

The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) is the only independent 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 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 high standards of practice and NARI's Code of Ethics.

Among the factors to consider when selecting a remodeling contractor, in addition to NARI certification, is your assessment of and satisfaction with the remodeling contractor's workmanship, reputation and integrity, durability of materials used, and equipment. Before hiring any remodeling or home improvement contractor, visit and inspect similar projects that he or she has completed, and establish that you will be able to communicate well with each other to ensure your complete satisfaction with the final product.

NARI's certification program recognizes the skills and achievements of six distinct groups of remodeling professionals of particular interest to homeowners: Certified Remodeler (CR), Certified Remodeler Specialist (CRS), Certified Remodeler Associate (CRA), Certified Kitchen and Bath Remodeler (CKBR), Certified Lead Carpenter (CLC) and Certified Green Professional (GCP).

MCR: A Master Certified Remodeler is a CR of 10+ years who holds another NARI certification and has demonstrated leadership within NARI or within the local community.

CR: A Certified Remodeler provides 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 areas.

CRS: A CRS focuses on a specific type of work and serves the needs to homeowners interested in their area of technical excellence, such as concrete and masonry work, clerical work, insulation, mechanical systems, plumbing systems and roofing and siding.

CRA: A Certified Remodeler Associate actively supports the remodeling industry in professions such as architects, designers, manufacturers, suppliers and consultants.

CKBR: These certified 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.

GCP: Green Certified Professionals consider sustainability in maximizing nature's resources and energy in an efficient and responsible manner in the conduct of their business and in design and construction of their client's remodeling projects.

UDCP: A Universal Design Certified Professional handles renovations that make the home livable for anyone who wishes to move about his/her house freely, without barrier and without creating an "institutional" look. Families who have members with special needs also benefit from a UDCP.

CLC: A CLC is the hands-on field personnel who oversees every aspect of the project: customer satisfaction, personnel management, administration, etc., while working on the project.

CRPM: A Certified Remodeler Project Manager oversees the technical aspect of the project, including personnel management and material flow while working on the project.

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What does NARI Certification mean to you?

Deciding to remodel your home is a big decision. Outside of buying your home, it may be the single biggest investment you make. You need to know that the remodeling contractor you choose is a full-time, dedicated remodeling professional. NARI's certification program offers this assurance through its extensive screening, training and testing process. In addition, NARI certification programs require on-going education and training to maintain certification status.

Only full-time, professional remodeling contractors are eligible for certification by NARI. You can be assured that any time you hire a NARI certified remodeling contractor, you are hiring an individual who has made a strong commitment to the professionalism 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, you know that the NARI certified remodeling professional you hire for your home improvement project has had many years to develop the experience and skills that can only be gained through extensive hands-on practice.

Isn't it good to know that your remodeling contractor has a long-term commitment to his or her work?

How does a remodeling contractor become certified?

NARI certification is a challenging process, requiring extensive knowledge of the industry, sound business practices and a commitment to professional conduct. Even highly experienced and skilled remodelers find the screening and testing process formidable.

Homeowners can have confidence and security knowing that the NARI certified remodeling contractor they hire has:

  • Received an extensive 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 themselves to intensive study on a broad range of critical industry issues. Most certification candidates participate in a formal study group and spend eight to twelve weeks studying in preparation for a one day written 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 specification, proper and safe use of tools and equipment, safety, standards of practice, math, and several special skill areas.

Once awarded their certification, NARI certified remodeling professionals must meet annual recertification requirements involving continuing education and participation in industry related programs.


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What is the one thing holding you back from starting your remodeling project?

  • Not sure how we will pay for it
  • Overwhelmed by product choices
  • Unsure of who to hire
  • Not ready for disruption to life
  • Afraid contractor won't finish the job
  • Saving money so we can complete project of our dreams
  • Waiting until after the holidays


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