NARI Certifications

  • Master Certified Remodeler (MCR)
  • Certified Remodeler (CR)
  • Certified Kitchen & Bath Remodeler (CKBR)
  • Certified Remodeling Project Manager (CRPM)
  • Universal Design Certified Professional (UDCP)
  • Green Certified Professional (GCP)
  • Certified Lead Carpenter (CLC)
  • Certified Remodeler Associate (CRA), Specialist (CRS)


What does NARI Certification mean to the homeowner?

For a homeowner, deciding to remodel your home is a big decision. Outside of buying the home, it may be the single biggest investment a homeowner makes. A consumer considering a major home improvement needs to know that the remodeling contractor he or she chooses is a full-time, dedicated remodeling professional. NARI’s certification program offers this assurance through its extensive screening and testing process.

Only full-time, professional remodeling contractors are eligible for NARI certification. A homeowner who hires a home improvement contractor with a NARI certification is hiring an individual who has made a strong commitment to not only his or her own professionalism, but that 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, a homeowner knows that the NARI certified remodeling professional they hire has had a number of years to develop the experience and skills that can only be gained through extensive hands-on practice.

For the homeowner, it’s comforting to know that their remodeling contractor has a long-term commitment to his or her profession and the home improvement industry.

For the remodeler, it sets them apart in the market and offers a unique selling proposition.

How does a remodeling contractor become certified?

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

A homeowner can gain a sense of security knowing that the NARI certified remodeling professional they hire 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 home improvement 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.