How 7,285 Industry Pros Set Themselves Apart
It seems strange in this age of communication that only 7,285 of our 225,000 NAHB members seem to know something that the rest of the association is missing.
Everything is changing — the industry, the materials, the way business is done, the way customers are handled.
So what are you missing?
We all want a steady flow of new customers and repeat customers, sufficient income to meet our chosen lifestyles and not to have to work any harder than we want. We all want to stand out in the crowd of the many builders, remodelers and business people.
We all want to have a great reputation that accomplishes all the above — and to be a success, however we may define it.
So what is the big secret that 7,285 of our members are in on?
Why, it’s the NAHB University of Housing designation program, of course!
These members have started on a journey to set themselves apart from the rest of the crowd. They have embarked on one or more of the NAHB University of Housing’s 13 educational tracks. Many have already achieved the goal and received the designation of their choice. Others have just started the process.
What Is a Professional Designation and What Is It Good For?
A professional designation shows that you have completed a course of study that will make you a better business person.
Courses cover a wide range of subjects — from estimating, project management and customer service to business management, sales and many others.
These courses are put together by experts in the industry and reviewed every three years, so the content remains fresh and relevant. All instructors are certified and trained, and can give their students a “straight from the trenches” perspective.
Earning a professional designation can enhance your business savvy, broaden your areas of expertise, increase your marketability and directly add to your bottom line.
Why Should I Take Courses for Something That I Have Been Doing for So Long?
Because you are never too old to learn.
Even if you’ve been in the industry for years, techniques, business practices and daily challenges are constantly changing. Earning a designation from the University of Housing shows potential customers your professionalism and your dedication to the industry.
By joining NAHB, you have set yourself apart from many people in our industry. The next step is to further your education. Designations help you learn and earn more! Isn’t that why we are in business?
Go online at www.nahb.org/designations to get started on your professional designation today.
Robert Bell, CGR, CAPS, of Bell’s Remodeling in Duluth, Minn., an educator by degree and a remodeler by choice, spent his entire career promoting the importance of education to the industry. During the 2004 Internationa' Builders' Show, Bell received the Remodelors™ Council Distinguished Service Award for lifetime achievement. For more information, e-mail Bell, or call him at 218-728-2797.
The NAHB University of Housing Offers Designation Programs for Remodelers
The NAHB University of Housing
offers CAPS, CGR, CGB and a variety of other professional designation programs and business management courses that set builders and remodelers apart from the competition.
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