Frequently Asked Questions

Who are NARI Certified Professionals?

Master Certified Remodeler (MCR)
This designation recognizes Certified Remodelers that 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.

To qualify for the MCR designation, applicants must meet all of the following:

  • Be primarily engaged in remodeling
  • Hold the Certified Remodeler designation for a minimum of ten consecutive years
  • Hold another NARI Certification (CRPM, CKBR, GCP, CLC or UDCP)
  • Adhere to NARI’s Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics
  • Must have been involved with their local NARI Chapter (committee, board member, or officer) and/ or involvement as a leader in their local community (city council member, school board, church officer, etc.)
  • Must submit a letter of recommendation from their chapter executive or chapter president or three letters of recommendation from recent clients
  • Successfully complete a comprehensive application that details their background and experience
  • Submit all required application materials and fees
Certified Remodeler (CR)
NARI Certified Remodelers (CRs) 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.

To qualify for the CR designation, applicants must meet all of the following:

  • Be employed by or own a firm that derives at least 90% of its sales volume through remodeling work
  • Adhere to NARI’s Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics
  • Have a minimum of five years continuous experience in the remodeling industry
  • Completed 16 hours of continuing education
  • Successfully completed a comprehensive application that details their background and experience
  • Successfully complete a one-day written examination addressing 20 knowledge areas related to general remodeling practices and business
  • Submit all required application materials and fees
Certified Kitchen and Bath Remodeler (CKBR)
NARI Certified Kitchen and Bath Remodelers (CKBRs) 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.
  • To qualify for the CKBR designation, applicants must meet all of the following:
  • Be employed by or own a firm engaged in remodeling kitchens and bathrooms
  • Adhere to NARI’s Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics
  • Have a minimum of five years continuous experience in the remodeling industry
  • Have completed 4 kitchens and/or bathrooms per year
  • Completed 16 hours of continuing education
  • Successfully completed a comprehensive application that details their background and experience
  • Successfully complete a one-day written examination on business, construction, and remodeling practices related to kitchen and bathrooms
  • Submit all required application materials and fees

Universal Design Certified Professional (UDCP)
NARI Universal Design Certified Professionals are recognized as experienced remodelers with skills and knowledge in all aspects of universal design and remodeling.
  • Be primarily engaged in remodeling.
  • Have a minimum of five years continuous experience in the remodeling industry
  • Adhere to NARI’s Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics
  • Completed 8 hours of continuing education
  • Successfully completed a comprehensive application that details their background and experience
  • Successfully complete a written examination addressing knowledge areas related to universal design fundamentals, client needs assessments, project design, construction techniques, electrical systems, plumbing systems and exterior universal design considerations.
  • Submit all required application materials and fees.
Certified Lead Carpenter (CLC)
NARI Certified Lead Carpenters (CLCs) are the hands-on field personnel who oversee every aspect of the project: customer satisfaction, personnel management, administration, etc. while working on the project.

To qualify for the CLC designation, applicants must meet all of the following:

  • Have a minimum of five years continuous practice in the remodeling industry, with at least two of those years as a lead carpenter - defined as a remodeling professional who is involved in tasks and has responsibilities beyond the technical production aspects of a project; he or she is responsible for customer contact and communication, supervision of subcontractors and employees, managing the job site, scheduling, and safety issues
  • Adhere to NARI’s Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics
  • Successfully completed a comprehensive application that details their background and experience
  • Successfully complete a half-day written examination on pre-construction issues, technical knowledge, and special skills (people and job management)
  • Submit all required application materials and fees
  • NARI certified remodeling professionals have pledged to abide by a strict Standards of Practice and NARI’s Code of Ethics, which is as follows:
  • By promoting in good faith only those products and services which are known to be functionally and economically sound, and which are known to be consistent with objective standards of health and safety.
  • By making all advertising and sales promotion factually accurate, avoiding those practices which tend to mislead or deceive the customer.
  • By writing all contracts and warranties such that they comply with federal, state, and local laws.
  • By promptly acknowledging and taking appropriate action on all customer complaints.
  • By refraining from any act intended to restrain trade or suppress competition.
  • By attaining and retaining insurance as required by federal, state, and local authorities.
  • By attaining and retaining licensing and/or registration as required by federal, state, and local authorities.

It's no wonder homeowners feel more comfortable relying on remodeling contractors 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 home improvement 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 the highest standards of practice and to NARI's Code of Ethics.

Among the factors NARI encourages homeowners to consider when selecting a remodeling contractor, in addition to NARI certification, is an assessment of and satisfaction with the remodeling contractor's workmanship, reputation and integrity, durability of materials used, and equipment. Before hiring any home improvement contractor, homeowners are urged to check references and if possible, visit and inspect similar projects that he or she has completed.

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