NAHB Professional Designations
A NAHB Designation says a lot about you. Professional designations offer excellent opportunities to improve your skills, advance your career by offering new or improved services, and be recognized for your commitment to professional growth. NAHB has the most targeted curriculum, accomplished teachers, and widely respected education opportunities in business. The professional designations listed below are broken down by professional categories. Start getting a designation now, so you’ll be ahead of the competition in the future.
- BAR: Your first step to CGB
The BAR is the required first step in obtaining your Certified Graduate Builder designation. This multiple-choice assessment measures your knowledge in the four core areas of building business management: Business Technology, Business and Finance, Project Management and Sales and Marketing.
- PREP: Your first step to CGR
The PREP is the required first step in obtaining your Certified Graduate Remodelor designation. This multiple-choice assessment measures your knowledge in five core areas of remodeling business management: Marketing and Sales; Business Administration; Design, Estimating and Job Costing; Contracts, Liability and Risk Management.
- The BAR and PREP are online assessment reviews costing $95.00. www.nahb.org/PREP or www.nahb.org/BAR
Professional DesignationsHome owners that are looking for ways to save energy and be kind to the environment when they build, remodel or renovate a home should consider seeking help
from a Certified Green Professional (CGP).
Home builders, remodelers, designers, and contractors with the CGP educational designation understand green building. Today, there are 3,000 CGPs in
the business of helping consumers build a new home or remodel their existing one.
These professionals know how to combine cost-effective building science with an ever-expanding selection of products and materials to build or remodel a homewith sustainability in mind. They are trained to incorporate energy, water and resource efficiency, improved indoor environmental quality and sustainable andlocally sourced products into their projects — and to teach you how to best take advantage of these features.The NAHB Remodelers of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) in collaboration with Home Innovation Research Labs, NAHB 55+ Housing Industry Council,and AARP developed the Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist (CAPS) program. CAPS professionals have the answers to your questions. They have been taught the
strategies and techniques for designing and building aesthetically enriching, barrier-free living environments.
The CAPS program goes beyond design to address the codes and standards, common remodeling expenditures and projects, product ideas, and resources needed toprovide comprehensive and practical aging-in-place solutions. CAPS graduates pledge to uphold a code of ethics and are required to maintain their designation byattending continuing education programs and participating in community service.
Looking for an experienced builder to handle your project? Consider hiring an NAHB Certified Graduate Builder (CGB).
CGBs must have at least two years of home building experience and must successfully complete a series of classes specific to the needs of the industry,including business and project management, building technology and safety. In addition, they must demonstrate that they comply with any state or localrequirements for workers’ compensation and liability insurance as well hold a contractor or builder’s license if required in your state or area.
Looking for an experienced builder to handle your project? Consider hiring an NAHB Graduate Master Builder (GMB).
The ultimate symbol of the building professional, the GMB designation is for seasoned builders with at least 10 years of experience. GMBs must successfullycomplete a demanding curriculum of building industry courses.Your home is probably the most significant investment you’ll ever make. You need the very best to plan and execute your remodeling or renovation project. Look
for a NAHB Certified Graduate Remodeler (CGR).
CGRs have earned professional designations from NAHB specific to the remodeling industry, and many are members of a local Remodelers Council,
which are affiliated with NAHB Remodelers.
When you hire a CGR, you are doing business with an individual who is committed to continuing education and professional growth and will bring exceptional skill
and knowledge to your project.
To become a CGR, a remodeler must have at least five years of experience in the industry, take a qualifying exam and successfully complete a pre-set curriculumof courses specific to the remodeling industry, including project and business management.Your home is probably the most significant investment you’ll ever make. You need the very best to plan and execute your remodeling or renovation project.
Look for an NAHB Graduate Master Remodeler (GMR).
GMRs have earned professional designations from NAHB specific to the remodeling industry, and many are members of a local Remodelers Council, which are
affiliated with NAHB Remodelers.
When you hire a GMR, you are doing business with an individual who is committed to continuing education and professional growth and will bring exceptional skill
and knowledge to your project.
The GMR allows experienced CGRs to attain additional training and recognition for their longevity in the remodeling industry. This program is the equivalent of a masterlevel for the CGR designation. All GMRs must have a minimum of 15 years’ remodeling experience, complete five more required courses and have years of experienceas a CGR or another respected remodeling association.As green and high-performance construction turns to the mainstream, experienced green industry professionals seek an educational designation that signifiestheir long-standing commitment to and experience with sustainable building and remodeling. They find it with the NAHB Master Certified Green Professional
(Master CGP) designation.
More than theory, this designation includes a series of hands-on curriculum requirements as well as significant experience in the field. Classes are held with thesupport and cooperation of Green Building Advisor, the leading green web publication in the field. The emphasis is on building science: a core competency in
a field that changes almost daily as new products and techniques are introduced.Read More »
Candidates do not pass or fail. The results determine your course of study.