Certifications

How does a remodeling contractor become certified?

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

Homeowners can have confidence and security knowing that the NARI certified remodeling contractor they hire has:

Received an extensive 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 themselves to intensive study on a broad range of critical 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.

Who are NARI Certified Remodeling Professionals?

NARI's certification program recognizes the skills and achievements of five distinct groups of remodeling professionals of particular interest to homeowners: Master Certified Remodelers (MCR), Certified Remodelers (CR), Certified Remodeler Specialists (CRSs), Certified Kitchen and Bath Remodelers (CKBR), Certified Remodeler Associates (CRA), and Certified Lead Carpenters (CLC).

  • NARI MCR recognizes Certified Remodelers who have demonstrated commitment to the remodeling industry through support of their local chapter, NARI National, and/or their local community. The MCR identifies Certified Remodelers that have withstood the test of time and continue to be successful within the industry. 
  • NARI CR members are 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.
  • NARI CRS members are professional remodelers who focus on specific type of work and serve the needs of homeowners interested in their area of technical excellence, such as concrete and masonry work, electrical work, insulation, mechanical systems, plumbing systems, and roofing and siding.
  • NARI CKBR members provide 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.
  • NARI CRA members actively support the remodeling industry in professions such as architects, designers, manufacturers, suppliers, and consultants.
  • NARI CLC members are the hands-on field personnel who oversee every aspect of the project: customer satisfaction, personnel management, administration, etc. while working on the project.

NARI certified remodeling professionals have pledged to abide by NARI's strict Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics.

It's no wonder homeowners feel more comfortable relying on remodelers who have earned NARI certification.

The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) is the only national association dedicated solely to the remodeling industry. NARI's focus is on professional conduct, continuing education and training, and fair and ethical treatment within the industry. NARI certification of professional remodeling contractors serves as the association's recognition of remodeling professionals who have met stringent criteria for experience and pledged a commitment to high standards of practice and NARI's Code of Ethics.

Among the factors to consider selecting a remodeling contractor, in addition to NARI certification, is your assessment of and satisfaction with the remodeling contractor's workmanship, reputation and integrity, durability of materials used, and equipment. Before hiring any remodeling contractor, visit and inspect similar projects that he or she has completed, and establish that you will be able to communicate well with each other to ensure your complete satisfaction with final product.