.The NARI Certification Program is designed to establish professional standards for the remodeling industry and to improve the products and services provided to customers. Certification provides special recognition to those contractors who, by fulfilling prescribed requirements of performance and conduct, have demonstrated a high level of competency and ethical standards in the remodeling industry. Certification is achieved for those who have subscribed to rigorous procedures and tests.
WHAT IS A CERTIFIED REMODELER (CR)?
Certified Remodelers must:
- have spent a minimum of 5 continuous years in the business of remodeling
- demonstrate proficiency and overall construction knowledge of remodeling functions in accordance with sound building practices
- be able to direct the performance of others in all phases of remodeling
- be competent to write, or direct the writing of, job specifications in accordance standards approved by the Association
- subscribe to sound business practices and ethics in accordance with standards approved by the Association
- be involved in programs and affiliated with Associations which enhance their community as well as their industry
- be dedicated to self-improvement by taking advantage of continuing education programs for remodelers
- submit to a rigorous day-long examination which tests:
- knowledge of all crafts of a remodeling project
- ability to manage and operate a business
- knowledge of building codes
In short, a Certified Remodeler has demonstrated that he has the composite knowledge necessary to be identified as a legitimate professional -- a professional dedicated to raising the standards of the remodeling industry in order to better serve the remodeling customer. Look for the CR designation -- it tells you much about your prospective contractor.
WHAT IS A CERTIFIED LEAD CARPENTER (CLC)?
Certified Lead Carpenter is designed exclusively for lead carpenters who are skilled and knowledgeable in the technical, hands-on aspects of their work and have also demonstrated skill and knowledge in project management, supervision and customer service.
The test taken by CLC applicants is comprised of sections on business management; plans and specifications; building codes and construction law; evaluations; planning; tools and equipment; job-site safety; carpentry; concrete and masonry; roofing and siding; insulation; plumbing; electrical systems; mechanical systems; special construction; kitchens and baths; interior finishes; communication and people skills; supervision; job-site management; and quality control.
To qualify for the CLC designation, applicants submit the required application and must:
Have a minimum of five years continuous service in the remodeling industry, with at least two of those years as a lead carpenter.
A lead carpenter is defined as a remodeling professional who is involved in tasks and has responsibilities beyond the technical production aspects of a project, such as responsibility for customer contact and communication; supervision of subcontractors and employees; managing the job site; scheduling; and safety issues.
Adhere to the NARI Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics.
Successfully complete a Qualification Matrix detailing their background and experience, and submit two letters of recommendation (from their employer, a CR or CRS, and/or clients).
Successfully complete a one-day written examination on preconstruction issues; technical knowledge; and special skills, such as people and job management.
WHAT IS A CERTIFIED KITCHEN & BATH REMODELER (CKBR)?
Certified Kitchen and Bath Remodeler is for individuals that specialize in kitchen and bath remodels. These Remodelers show an ongoing dedication to continuous education, complete and pass a comprehensive qualification matrix, and pass a 400 questions exam.
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