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Friday, April 4, 2014

Professional Remodeling Certifications | The ABCs

We've had a few posts lately referencing the CotY Awards and professional remodeling organization, NARI. And while Key Residential did not take home the gold at this year's National CotY Awards for our whole house renovation, we are proud to be NARI members and to have been included for consideration with such great remodelers and quality projects.  
A special congratulations to fellow DFW area remodelers, BRY JO Roofing and Remodeling and Traver Construction, for their nationally award winning projects!
So now that the fun part is over- goodbye Evening of Excellence, fancy dinners, glistening awards- what ever is a remodeler to do with the rest of his/her time? (Because we all know remodelers have LOADS of free time). Luckily NARI offers continuing education and a certification program that recognizes excellence within specific groups of professional remodelers. This is one reason why you can feel extremely confident in a NARI certified professional working on your home. 

Continuing education, code of ethics, certifications- these are all well and good, but when you're looking for a NARI certified professional, you may find yourself asking - "What do all those letters after a person's name actually MEAN?" Well ponder no further, check out the simplified list of acronyms, meanings and some of the requirements below**.

NARI- National Association of the Remodeling Industry (just in case you didn't know)

CLC- Certified Lead Carpenter- must have 5 yrs continuous experience in remodeling, 2 as lead carpenter with hands-on experience, job supervision, written exam, & more
CR- Certified Remodeler - must have 5 yrs continuous experience in remodeling, 16 hrs continuing education, written exam and other requirements
CRACertified Remodeler Associate- must have 5 yrs continuous support of the remodeling industry through professions such as architect, designer, manufacturer, etc., CE, examination, etc.
CRS- Certified Remodeler Specialist- similar to CR, but specializing in a specific area or trade in which they've established technical expertise (ex: masonry)
CKBRCertified Kitchen & Bath Remodeler- must have experience, special training, and work almost exclusively in Kitchen and Bath renovations
CRPM- Certified Remodeling Project Manager- must have experience specific to overseeing every aspect of a project in the field, CE, and more
UDCP- Universal Design Certified Professional- must have experience & training in all aspects of Universal Design including client needs assessment, construction techniques, & project design
GCPCertified Green Professional- must have 5 years continuous experience in remodeling and specific training in building science, indoor air quality, renewable energy, and more
MCR- Master Certified Remodeler - must maintain CR certification for 10 consecutive years, plus another NARI certification and many other requirements

** All contingent upon adhering to NARI's Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics.

Contact NARI Certified Lead Carpenter, Kevin Key, to discuss your upcoming home renovation project. Call 972-755-3045 or email us today!

About NARI: The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) is the only trade association dedicated solely to the remodeling industry.  The Association, which represents member companies nationwide—comprised of 63,000 remodeling contractors— is “The Voice of the Remodeling Industry.”™ To learn more about membership, visit or contact national headquarters, based in Des PlainesIll., at (847) 298-9200.