DES PLAINES, IL — In an effort to align remodeling professionals “with newly emerging industry best practices and current technologies,” the National Association of the Remodeling Industry will introduce a comprehensive update to its Universal Design Certified Professional (UDCP) certification in early 2021, the organization announced.
According to the Des Plaines, IL-based NARI, certification upgrade “showcases the serious commitment of NARI to lead the remodeling industry as demand for universal design projects continues to show steady growth.”
The updated UDCP certification will be supported by an all-new study guide and examination, NARI said. It will be approved by a Certification Board comprised of select Certified Remodelers, the association added.
The UDCP certification update marks the third NARI certification to be adjusted to meet member needs in the past three years. In January 2019, a fully revised exam and study guide for the Certified Remodeler (CR) was added to cover business and building science subject matter. In January 2020, the association introduced changes to the Certified Kitchen and Bath Remodeler (CKBR) certification to encompass new topics in universal design and lighting.
Currently, NARI offers eight total certifications also including: Certified Remodeler, Certified Remodeler Specialist, Certified Remodeler Associate, Certified Kitchen and Bath Remodeler, Certified Lead Carpenter, Certified Remodeling Project Manager, and Universal Design Certified Professional. Each of these designations require members to pass a proctored examination to demonstrate competency and knowledge.
“While some organizations are eliminating certifications, we expect to see a continued year-over-year increase of 20% in the number of certifications earned and awarded to NARI members,” NARI Chief Executive Officer David Pekel said. “Ongoing demand in home remodeling, increased competition, and remodelers’ commitment to strengthening their own business capabilities are some of the contributing factors.”
Additional information is available by visiting www.nari.org.