NARI Certification Board adjusts requirements for GCP, CRPM and UDCP

After much research and discussion, the Certification Board took the unprecedented action of reducing the years of experience required to pursue the Green Certified Professional (GCP), Certified Remodeling Project Manager (CRPM), and Universal Design Certified Professional (UDCP). Instead of the previous requirement of five years of full-time employment in the remodeling industry, the Certification Board lowered the requirement to two years of full-time employment in the remodeling industry.

This change will enable those new to the industry to pursue an additional level of proficiency and expertise earlier in their career—which will help translate to stronger companies and continued success. Chapters are encouraged to conduct study group/classes for these programs this fall.  The next test dates are Aug. 23 and 24 and Dec. 13 and 14, 2013

The following describes the target certifications:

GCP (Green Certified Professional)

This designation includes remodelers with knowledge and skills in a broad range of green remodeling areas.  Individuals with the GCP designation are recognized as experienced remodelers with skills and knowledge in all aspects of green remodeling and have agreed to uphold the NARI Code of Ethics.

  • Candidates must have been in the remodeling business for at least two years and be associated with an established business that operates in compliance with the NARI Code of Ethics.
  • They must submit all required fees.
  • Submit a comprehensive application which documents their attainment of two years in the remodeling industry and participation in 16 hours of continuing education in green or sustainable remodeling/building.
  • All candidates must successfully complete an examination covering basic building science, indoor environmental quality, renewable energy, and marketing, as well as, technical skill areas specific to green remodeling.

CRPM (Certified Remodeling Project Manager

Certified Remodeling Project Managers (CRPMs) are the field personnel who oversee every aspect of the project: customer satisfaction, personnel management, project schedule, administration, etc. while working on the project or projects.

  • Candidates must have been in the remodeling business for at least two years and be associated with an established business that operates in compliance with the NARI Code of Ethics. Candidates must have at least one year as a remodeling project manager
  • Candidates must have completed at least 16 hours of continuing education directly related to developing project management skills and knowledge
  • Candidates must complete and have approved a comprehensive application that documents their background, experience, and qualifications.
  • All candidates must successfully complete a written examination (in one sitting) that covers the six CRPM knowledge domains: project planning, communications, project cost management, quality assurance, record-keeping, and risk management.

UDCP (Universal Design Certified Professional)

This designation includes professionals with knowledge and skills in a broad range of universal design and remodeling.  Individuals with the UDCP designation are recognized as experienced professionals with skills and knowledge in all aspects of universal design and remodeling and have agreed to uphold the NARI Code of Ethics.

  • Candidates must have been in the remodeling business for at least two years and be associated with an established business that operates in compliance with the NARI Code of Ethics.
  • Candidates must submit all required fees and complete and submit a comprehensive application which documents their attainment of two years in the remodeling industry
  • Candidates must also have completed a minimum of eight hours of universal design remodeling/building-related education
  • All candidates must successfully complete an examination covering universal design fundamentals, client needs assessments, project design, construction techniques, electrical systems, plumbing systems, and exterior universal design considerations.

The Certification Board believes this to be a positive change for NARI members and looks forward to NARI members taking advantage of this change.

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