Certifications for Home Remodeling Contractors

As a homeowner researching home remodel contractors, you have likely come across the phrase “certified contractor.”

So, what does it mean to be a certified renovation contractor, and more importantly, how can this credential help you as you search for the right team to help with your remodeling project?

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Certified Contractors Provide Peace of Mind

The main difference between a regular home remodeling contractor and a certified home remodel contractor is, yes, you guessed it, certification.

Professional certifications ensure that your contractor has dedicated the time it takes to obtain deep industry knowledge and receive proper training in a wide range of areas related to home building and remodeling.

As a homeowner, we know that deciding to remodel is a monumental decision. Next to purchasing a home, it might be the single biggest investment you make. With this concept in mind, if you are considering a significant home remodel, it is important to know that your local home improvement contractor is an experienced, dedicated, and certified remodeling professional.

For example, our team members at Republic West Remodeling have the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) certification.

What Does It Mean to Be NARI-certified?

For starters, only full-time, professional remodeling contractors are eligible for NARI certification. NARI certification is a challenging, multi-step process that requires extensive knowledge of the remodeling industry and a commitment to continuous, professional conduct.

A homeowner that enlists the help of a renovation contractor with a NARI certification can rest assured that they are partnering with someone who has made a firm commitment to their profession, the remodeling industry as a whole, and to their business.

Remodelers are not eligible for NARI certification until they have been actively involved in the remodeling industry for at least five years. As a homeowner, this requirement can provide the trust that their remodeling professional has had numerous years to perfect their craft.

When you work with a NARI professional, you have peace of mind that you are working with a professional who has experience and adheres to NARI’s strict Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.

NARI members:

  • Always hold all licensing and insurances required by their state.
  • Hold themselves and their teams to the highest industry standards regarding “ethics and business operations, knowledge, reputation, and quality of production.”
  • Stay on top of the most up-to-date industry information through trade publications, educational programs, trainings, seminars, and industry-related conferences.
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Another great aspect about certifications for home remodeling contractors is that for the homeowner, it can be comforting to know that a contractor has a long-term commitment to the home improvement industry.

Also, for the professional home remodeler, it ultimately sets them apart from those who lack NARI certification, offering a unique selling point compared to the competition in their local market.

Not All Remodelers Are Created Equal

To become NARI-certified, a remodeling contractor must provide an outline highlighting their hands-on experience, industry training, involvement in continuing ed, technical skills, practices in business management, and any association and community service to the NARI Certification Board.

In addition, a remodeling contractor must commit himself or herself to rigorous study on a diverse range of important home improvement-related issues. Many certification candidates spend anywhere from eight to 12 weeks studying to prepare for their NARI exam. The exam covers essential subject areas, including:

  • Business management practices
  • Building code and construction law knowledge
  • Plans and specification
  • Proper and safe use of tools and equipment
  • Standards of practice,
  • Various special skill areas

Once a home remodeling contractor receives certification, they also must commit to annual recertification requirements that involve continuing ed and active participation in industry-focused programs.

Republic West Remodeling Holds Top Certifications

There is no question that the remodeling process can be daunting, brimming with countless choices; not only about materials and paint colors, but also about price tag and whom you choose to help you bring your project to life.

With this said, business credentials matter in any industry, but they truly mean a lot when it comes to your residential remodeling contractor as you are inviting a team of workers into your family’s home.

If you are searching for a certified design and build contractor in the Phoenix or Scottsdale area for your luxury home remodeling project, consider the experts at Republic West Remodeling.

Our team of professionals has top certifications from numerous prestigious organizations, including NARI. We believe this designation is important because it accurately measures our company’s past performance, professionalism, attention to detail, and customer satisfaction. When you hire our team for remodeling work, you can expect the experience and professionalism necessary to get the job done.

Call or email us today to schedule your complimentary design consultation.

Scott Wallace Scott Wallace (757 Posts)

Scott Wallace has a passion for design and architecture. He founded Habitat Renovations as an offshoot of his two furniture store businesses, Thingz Contemporary Living and Boulevard Urban Living, with the goal of providing a broader range of design and construction services to his clientele. Scott and his wife Susie have been serving homeowners in the Scottsdale and Phoenix area for 15 years. Habitat Renovations merged with Republic West Remodeling in January of 2019.


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