NAHB Designations Give Members a Competitive Edge
Last February, more than 1,700 members completed their professional designation course work during NAHB’s National Designation Month. The designations they earned enabled them to stay well ahead of the curve and have given them an edge over their competition.
This February, The NAHB University of Housing is again sponsoring National Designation Month so members can hone their business skills and convey to their clients the superior training, practical experience and in-depth knowledge that come with earning an NAHB designation.
Scott Sevon, CGR, CAPS, GMB, president of Sevvonco, Inc., a custom home and remodeling firm based in Palatine, Ill., said his designations bring a sense of professionalism both to his reputation and his firm.
As part of National Designation Month, The NAHB University of Housing is offering licensed associations a 50% discount on student fees for all classes held in February.
NAHB will also be educating the public about the value of selecting builders and other members who hold NAHB designations, build support for continuing education programs and increase recognition of the rigorous training required for NAHB designations.
Several kick-off events for National Designation Month will be held at the International Builders' Show in Orlando, including a workshop to help associations launch or improve their education programs, and receptions honoring members with CGB, CGR, CGA, CGB, GBM, CAPS and MIRM designations. For more information on these events, go to www.buildersshow.com.
NAHB offers more than a dozen professional designations covering industry basics such as business management and marketing, as well as specialized classes including aging-in-place programs, property management and more. For information about designations, go to www.nahb.org/designations.
For information about participating in or promoting National Designation Month, visit www.nahb.org/NDMTools or National Designation Month on the NAHB Web site.
Sample Designations from NAHB
Certified Graduate Associate (CGA)
Developed specifically for NAHB associate members (including suppliers and financial services providers), the CGA program offers participants an opportunity to enhance their knowledge of the fundamentals of the home building industry.
- Certified Graduate Builder (CGB)
An overview of key areas in today’s home building industry, the CGB curriculum covers business management, financial strategies, marketing techniques, construction technologies and more.
- Certified Graduate Remodelor™ (CGR)
An exclusive professional designation that emphasizes business management skills as the key to a professional remodeling operation, the CGR designation trains remodelers in project management, design estimating and job costing along with other core skills relevant to the remodeling industry.
- Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS)
Developed by the NAHB Remodelors™ Council in collaboration with AARP, the NAHB Research Center and NAHB’s Seniors Housing Council, the CAPS program provides comprehensive, practical, market-specific information about working with older and maturing adults to remodel their homes for aging-in-place.
- Registered in Apartment Management (RAM)
The longest running and most well-respected program of its kind, RAM is a comprehensive educational curriculum developed to augment the professional skills of managers of apartments, condominiums and cooperative housing.
- Member, Institute of Residential Marketing (MIRM)
The most prestigious designation from the Institute of Residential Marketing, MIRM represents the highest level of achievement for professionals in new home marketing. MIRM graduates are required to complete all mandated course work and submit a case study for approval before graduating from the program.
For more information about NAHB’s designation programs, visit www.nahb.org/designations.
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