NARI of Greater St. Louis has always promoted continuing education for its members, mainly through the NARI certification program. To qualify for a certification, the individual must meet certain criteria in the areas of experience, background and knowledge. The certification process involves many hours of study, as well as completion of a full day of written and competency testing. Moreover, each year the person must complete additional continuing education requirements in order to renew his/her certification.
MRA Master Certified Remodeler: has held the Certified Remodeler designation for at least 10 years and submits letters of recommendation
CR Certified Remodeler – 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.
CKBR Certified Kitchen & Bath Remodeler – provides 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.
CLC Certified Lead Carpenter – the hands-on field personnel who oversee every aspect of the project: customer satisfaction, personnel management, administration, etc. while working on the project.
CRC Certified Remodeling Carpenter – or carpenters who have a basic knowledge and the required skills of a remodeling carpenter. To become a CRC, candidates must go through an extensive training program and pass a comprehensive exam and hands-on evaluation.
GCP Green Certified Professional – requires at least five years in the remodeling industry and 16 hours of continuing or formal education in green or sustainable remodeling practices, plus a passing score on a detailed exam.
UDCR Universal Design Certified Remodeler
Other Certifications (not from NARI)
CAPS Certified Aging in Place Specialists (from NAHB, National Assn. of Home Builders, www.nahb.org)
CGBP Certified Green Building Professional (from Build It Green, www.builditgreen.org)
CID Certified Interior Designer (see website: www.ccidc.org)
CKD Certified Kitchen Designer
CBD Certified Bathroom Designer (CKD & CBD are from NKBA, the National Kitchen & Bath Assn., www.nkba.org)