NAHB Education offers professional development programs to building industry professionals nationwide that enhance their business savvy, broaden their areas of expertise and increase their marketability. In today’s evolving market, it’s more important than ever for building-industry professionals to maintain their competitive edge.

Professional designees stay up to speed on the latest developments in business, building methods, and technology while showing clients they have the know-how and dedication to earn a professional designation. Potential clients can use designations to help identify and select professionals with superior training, real-world experience and in-depth knowledge of their area of need. Designees are listed in The Professional Designation Directory on nahb.org, making their contact info easily accessible to consumers.

Access to real-world information and great leadership opportunities are benefits typically mentioned by designees. However, graduates also routinely express that the chance to network with expert instructors and their peers is a huge plus.

Students develop a nationwide network of colleagues that they consistently return to as sounding boards for challenges and ideas long after their courses have completed. This chance to network with so many fellow industry pros often brings people back to obtain more designations.

Earning a designation from NAHB is hard work and the rigorous coursework is continually being elevated. Still, according to NAHB, builders and remodelers are as eager as ever to enroll.

NAHB’s commitment to offering industry professionals the best, most-extensive continuing education program is evident in the diverse array of programs. Most designations cover industry basics such as marketing and business techniques, however, specialized coursework includes aging-in-place remodeling, property management, green building and more.

Through NAHB Education, industry pros can earn professional designations in any one of 13 areas. Chuck Miller has earned 9 professional designations.

Graduate Master Builder (GMB)

Professional home builders who nationwide to attain the Graduate Master Builder (GMB) designation are the home building industry’s top professionals.

The ultimate symbol of the building professional, the Graduate Master Builder (GMB) designation is for experienced veterans only. Before beginning the GMB designation process, you must have the CGB designation or the CGR designation with five years of building experience, or 10 years of building experience and successful completion of three CGB/CGR courses.

GMB courses require additional study, with in-depth instruction geared for experienced building professionals. It’s a significant time commitment, but graduates gain a more complete knowledge of all facets of the home building industry, build a new network of peers across the country, and inform their potential clients of their commitment to the best of home building, customer service and advanced construction techniques.

After earning the GMB, program graduates are required to sign a code of ethics and maintain their designations by completing 12 hours of continuing education every three years.

NAHB Master Instructor Chuck Miller is a Graduate Master Builder (GMB)

Certified Graduate Builder (CGB)

Home builders who have earned the National Association of Home Builders’ Certified Graduate Builder (CGB) designation are some of the industry’s top professionals.

Experienced builders can be even better with the Certified Graduate Builder (CGB) educational designation. You’ll sharpen your business management skills and better understand today’s home building industry. CGB courses focus on effective management in the office and on the job site, examine all stages of new home construction and cover topics such as scheduling, estimating, job cost procedures, accounting principles and basic contract law.

When NAHB surveyed CGB designation holders, the association found that their revenues were significantly higher than companies of the same size but without CGB leadership at the helm. That’s because the home builders who seek the CGB are dedicated to their craft and to growing their business – and that is evident by their commitment to continuing education.

Are you ready to get started? First, you’ll need to take the Builder Assessment Review so NAHB can tailor an educational program that capitalizes on your strengths.

Builder Assessment Review

The BAR is the first step toward earning the Certified Graduate Builder (CGB) designation, which emphasizes business management skills as the key to successful builder operations.

The Builder Assessment Review (BAR) is a multiple-choice test with 145 questions that touch all aspects of the building business. There are five topic areas:

  • Building Technology including building codes, standards and guidelines, structures and interior and exterior finishes, green building (2 course credits);
  • Business Finance including business accounting and job cost, business management, construction contracts and law and estimating;
  • Project Management including design/build, project management, scheduling and universal design/build;
  • Sales and Marketing including customer service, land development, site planning and zoning and new home sales (2 course credits); and
  • Safety including recognizing the Big Four safety hazards and relevant OSHA courses

You do not pass or fail the BAR. Your knowledge of the five topic areas are assessed to determine where you need more education to meet the knowledge criteria required to earn a CGB.

Results are derived from the number of questions answered correctly and indicate a value of 0, 1, or 2 which is the number of courses required to complete the CGB designation requirements for that subject area. Scores include statistical adjustments to equalize the difficulty of passing all forms of the BAR. You are not penalized for guessing but are encouraged to answer all questions to the best of your ability.

The BAR is an online, timed, three-hour online assessment. It should be taken from a desktop or laptop with a secure Internet connection. The assessment cannot be accessed via a mobile device or tablet. You can only take the BAR one time.

The BAR costs $95. Click here to register..

Don’t wait too long to get started: Enjoy the benefits of the CGB as soon as you can!

NAHB Master Instructor Chuck Miller is a Certified Graduate Builder (CGB)

Graduate Master Remodeler (GMR)

The Graduate Master Remodeler (GMR) professional designation is held by a select group of building industry professionals: applicants must have at least 15 years of remodeling experience before they are even eligible to be considered for the designation.

This program is designed to be the master level of the current Certified Graduate Remodeler designation and requires completion of five additional courses, and having an active CGR for five years or active CR (Certified Remodeler) from NARI (National Association Remodeling Industry) for 10 years.

Home owners seek GMRs because they know that these are remodelers who know how to run a successful business, keep up with current design and style trends and listen well to their clients.

Certified Graduate Remodeler (CGR)

Remodelers and home builders who have earned the National Association of Home Builders’ Certified Graduate Remodeler (CGR) designation are some of the industry’s top professionals.

Remodelers with at least five years of experience in the industry can apply for the Certified Graduate Remodeler (CGR) educational designation. Courses in the CGR curriculum are designed to emphasize business and project management skills as the key to a successful remodeling operation.

More and more remodelers are discovering the advantages of CGR and the marketing advantages it brings as clients recognize the “CGR initials” as the mark of professionalism in their remodeling contractor.

The CGR curriculum helps you run your business more efficiently by teaching job cost procedures, accounting principles and basic contract law. Other topics covered include design, estimating and scheduling – but depend on the results of the Professional Remodeler Experience Profile, which CGR candidates complete before assembling a curriculum.

NAHB Master Instructor Chuck Miller is a Certified Graduate Remodeler (CGR)

Professional Remodeler Experience Profile (PREP)

The Professional Remodeler Experience Profile (PREP) is the first step toward earning the Certified Graduate Remodeler (CGR) designation.

The PREP is a multiple-choice assessment with 150 questions that touch all aspects of the remodeling business which emphasizes business management skills as the key to a professional remodeling operation.  The assessment includes five sections.

  • Marketing and Advertising: researching, lead tracking and qualification, the sales process, budgeting and planning
  • Business Management: financial planning, budgeting, job cost and accounting.
  • Estimating, including pricing.
  • Contracts, Liability and Risk Management
  • Project Management, including site management and quality control.

The PREP is an onlime timed, three-hour assessment. We recommend that the assessment be taken from a desktop or laptop with a secure Internet connection. The assessment should not be attempted via a mobile device or tablet.

The PREP costs $95. Click here to register.

Don’t wait too long to get started: Enjoy the benefits of the CGR as soon as you can!

Certified Graduate Associate (CGA)

NAHB places great emphasis on doing business with a member: Builders and remodelers are encouraged to work with contractors and suppliers who share their commitment to the home building industry and to their home building association.

NAHB Associate members are those professionals who work in the home building and remodeling industry but in supporting roles: the bankers, lumber dealers, engineers, real estate agents and others who make the materials and provide the services that make home building possible.

Associate members who wish to set themselves apart from their peers often go for their Certified Graduate Associate (CGA) designation.

The CGA curriculum helps these professionals gain a better understanding of the industry they serve from the best source possible: builders and remodelers with years of field experience. The CGA designation affirms your level of industry knowledge and your commitment to your professionalism in the building industry.

Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist (CAPS)

Building industry professional who earn the Certified Aging‐in‐Place Specialist (CAPS) designation are a select group of professionals nationwide with the skills and knowledge necessary to remodel or modify a home to meet the unique needs of the older population, disabled owners or their visitors.

The National Association of Home Builders, in partnership with the AARP and Home Innovation Research Labs, created the CAPS program, which includes training and education on the technical, business management and customer service skills essential to compete in the fastest‐growing segment of the residential remodeling industry — home modifications for aging‐in‐place.

The Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) designation program teaches the technical, business management, and customer service skills essential to competing in the fastest growing segment of the residential remodeling industry: home modifications for the aging-in-place.

The baby boom generation has many choices as this large population of potential clients for remodelers, builders, contractors and occupational therapists considers where to live – but overwhelmingly, seniors would prefer to stay in their own homes. The CAPS designation offers your potential clients what they need most: reassurance that you’ll help them make the choices that will help them stay in their homes safely and securely.

In addition, the CAPS designation helps you make your clients’ homes more “visitable.” Even if the home owners don’t think they need additional task lighting, grab bars, and other home modifications for their own use, their family members and visitors might. CAPS helps you help your clients make the right choices, and it gives you more security in remodeling market niche that’s continuing to grow in popularity.

NAHB Master Instructor Chuck Miller is a Certified Aging‐in‐Place Specialist (CAPS)

Certified Green Professional (CGP)

The Certified Green Professional™ designation recognizes builders, remodelers and other industry professionals who incorporate green and sustainable building principles into homes— without driving up the cost of construction. The required courses provide a solid background in green building methods, as well as the tools to reach consumers, from the organization leading the charge to provide market-driven green building solutions to the home building industry.

CGP coursework is closely aligned with the ICC 700 National Green Building Standard, which includes chapters on energy, water and resource efficiency, indoor environmental quality, lot and site development and home owner education and is the core curriculum for the required CGP classes.

There are nearly 3,000 active CGPs in the United States working in all aspects of the high-performance home building and remodeling industry, from contractors and their subs to real estate agents and appraisal experts. Join them today.

NAHB Master Instructor Chuck Miller is a Certified Green Professional™ (CGP)

Master Certified Green Professional (Master CGP)

As green and high-performance construction turns to the mainstream, experienced green industry professionals seek an educational designation that signifies their long-standing commitment to and experience with sustainable building and remodeling. They find it with the Master Certified Green Professional (Master CGP) designation.

More than theory, this designation includes a series of hands-on curriculum requirements as well as significant experience in the field. Classes are held with the support and cooperation of Green Building Advisor, the leading green web publication in the field. The emphasis is on building science: a core competency in a field that changes almost daily as new products and techniques are introduced.

Like the Certified Green Professional course, the Master CGP classes are closely aligned with the ICC 700 National Green Building Standard, which includes chapters on energy, water and resource efficiency, indoor environmental quality, lot and site development and home owner education.

Certified New Home Sales Professional (CSP)

The Certified New Home Sales Professional (CSP) designation is the first designation available through the National Association of Home Builders Institute of Residential Marketing (IRM) . CSP was designed for specialists in new home sales to enhance their professional image, increase their marketability in the home building industry and sell more homes!

Master the craft of successful selling and launch your new home sales career with the Certified New Home Sales Professional (CSP) educational designation.

Taking the required classes in person or online, you’ll gain a broad understanding of the home building industry, better understand today’s consumers and learn tried-and-true techniques used by real estate veterans for greeting prospects, overcoming objections and closing the sale.

The CSP designation is also your introduction to the Institute of Residential Marketing, which awards a series of four sales and marketing designations for professionals at all stages of their careers.

NAHB Master Instructor Chuck Miller is a Certified New Home Sales Professional (CSP).

Master Certified New Home Sales Professional (Master CSP)

Certified New Home Sales Professionals with sufficient experience in the field may be ready to take the next step in their professional development with the Master Certified New Home Sales Professional (Master CSP) designation.

Course requirements include an additional 30 hours of instruction in all facets of the home building industry as candidates choose the courses that reflect their sales specialties, such as green and sustainable building or sales for clients in affordable housing or senior communities.

Certified New Home Marketing Professional (CMP)

Builders and developers are looking for qualified salespeople. The Certified New Home Marketing Professional (CMP) is a mid-level designation that will help you manage the sales and marketing function of a new home community and boost your career.

The CMP designation tells home builders that you’re knowledgeable about new home construction and the advantages of a newly built home so you can present the best case to potential home buyers. You understand how consumers shop today and you’re ready to employ every marketing advantage in your arsenal.

Give yourself the sales edge with the CMP and watch your new home sales career take off.

NAHB Master Instructor Chuck Miller is a Certified New Home Marketing Professional (CMP)

Master In Residential Marketing (MIRM)

The Master in Residential Marketing (MIRM) represents the pinnacle of new home sales education because it represents years of industry experience, serious coursework requirements and a one-of-a-kind requirement for a successful case study to complete the designation.

That means that there are not a lot of MIRM designees in the market, but those who are, are the leaders in their field

NAHB Master Instructor Chuck Miller is a Master in Residential Marketing (MIRM).

Housing Credit Certified Professional (HCCP)

The Housing Credit Certified Professional (HCCP) is a specialized designation for developers, property managers, asset managers and others working in the affordable housing industry through the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program.

Successful HCCPs understand how the LIHTC program provides safe, decent and affordable rental housing for so many American families. Property owners and developers turn to HCCP professionals when they need a more thorough understanding of the complex net of LIHTC regulations that keeps owners and managers in compliance.

To support this one-of-a-kind designation, NAHB publishes a newsletter, the Credential and regularly hosts continuing education events, including webinars on tax law and successful apartment business management.