Difference between Members and Certified Professionals

During the remodeling process, people open their homes to an unfamiliar person, making it important to choose and build a relationship with a remodeler who has experience and knowledge of the industry

When you start a project with a NARI member, you already know that remodeler has chosen to elevate their business to professional levels, the company has been reviewed for longevity, financial stability, and positive reviews and recommendations by business partners and consumers.

When you choose a NARI Certified Professional, you are choosing a remodeler that has decided to advance their personal technical and business management skills. NARI Certification is a robust and challenging process, open to remodeling professionals who demonstrate extensive expertise in their field meeting the criteria to sit for the exam and then pass the testing process.

Certification ensures that consumers are choosing a professional with years of experience, dedication to ongoing training, and a commitment to ethical conduct.

How do remodelers become NARI Certified Professionals?

NARI Certification is a challenging process, requiring experience and a deep understanding of the industry, sound business practices, and a commitment to professionalism. Before becoming a Certified Professional, NARI members must receive a review by the NARI Certification Board based on an outline of their hands-on experience, industry training, involvement in continuing education, technical skills, business management practices, and association and community service.

After meeting the criteria and accepted to test for a certification, the member attends a multi-week preparatory course.  Once completed, the member takes a comprehensive written exam, which covers all phases of the remodeling process. Professional remodelers test their knowledge of numerous topics, such as business management, building codes and construction law, plans and specification, proper and safe use of equipment and tools, standards of practice, mathematics, and special skills areas.

The following certifications validate the professional of the NARI member.  As a business with certified professionals on staff, the homeowner knows they are working with a team who has chosen to advance their business beyond standard NARI membership.

NARI Certifications


(Certified Remodeler)

The CR designation denotes a professional remodeler that has a minimum of 5 years of experience and provides a full range of remodeling services. These individuals must possess skill and knowledge in a broad range of business management and technical skill areas and are well rounded remodeling experts.


(Certified Remodeler Specialist)

The CRS designation denotes professional remodelers that have a minimum of 5 years of experience and who focus on a specific type of work and technical expertise such as concrete or masonry, electrical, insulation, mechanical systems, plumbing, roofing or siding work.


(Certified Remodeler Associates)

The CRA actively supports the remodeling industry in professions such as architects, designers, manufacturers, suppliers, and consultants. These professionals also have a minimum of 5 years of experience.


(Certified Kitchen & Bath Remodeler)

The CKBR designation denotes professionals who own, or have been employed by, a company that is actively involved in the remodeling of kitchens and bathrooms. The CKBR has a minimum of five years of experience in the remodeling industry and conduct a minimum of four kitchen or bathroom remodels per year.


(Universal Design Certified Professional)

The UDCP designation denotes professionals who design living paces with universal design principles and/or ADA standards making life functionable and comfortable for not only those with mobility limitations, but also for all people of any age or ability. These professionals have a minimum of 2 years continuous experience in the remodeling industry.


(Certified Remodeling Project Manager)

The CRPM is a competent remodeling professional with 3 years’ experience and well versed in the operational and administrative aspects of remodeling projects toward timely completion, scheduling, risk management, safety and financial controls.


(Certified Lead Carpenter)

The CLC are hands-on field personnel with 5 years’ experience and oversee the on-site aspects of a project. This includes technical expertise, personnel management, safety, and production of the project to ensure customer satisfaction.


(Master Certified Remodeler)


(Master Certified Kitchen and Bath Remodeler)

The Master designation represents the highest level of certification NARI offers. It recognizes a professional remodeler who has maintained their CR or CKBR for a minimum of 10 years and hold another NARI Certification. Further they have demonstrated commitment to the remodeling industry through support of NARI and/or their local community.