Certified Graduate Remodeler

Certified Graduate Remodelor™ (CGR) is an exclusive professional designation designed to emphasize business management skills as the key to a professional remodeling operation.

The CGR designation requires that graduates meet prescribed standards of business practice, possess a minimum of five years remodeling industry experience, have a proven track record of successful project management, complete a comprehensive education curriculum, and pledge to uphold the program’s code of ethics.

Why Earn the CGR Designation?

Each year Americans spend more than $200 billion improving their homes. With an estimated 200,000 residential remodeling firms nationwide, plus another 600,000 self-employed workers doing remodeling and home repair, how are you going to catch the consumer’s eye? The CGR designation was created to help identify those individuals who exemplify professionalism in the remodeling industry. As a CGR, you become a member of an exclusive national program, gain recognition as an industry leader, and call attention to yourself in a crowded marketplace.

Benefits of the CGR Designation

  • Referrals to customers in your area via NAHB’s website
  • Consumer brochures that explain the advantages of working with a CGR
  • The right to use the CGR designation on all letterhead, business cards, etc.
  • The CGReport (newsletter) three times per year detailing program developments and course schedule listings
  • Invitation to attend the annual CGR Reception at the Remodeling Show
  • Graduation kit with an official framed graduation certificate, CGR lapel pin, CGR logo slick sheet, gold promotional seals for drawings, plans and contracts, press releases for distribution to media sources in your market area, Code of Ethics suitable for framing, and official graduate corporate seal (optional)
  • Invitation to attend International Builders Show graduation reception

Overview of the CGR Program

The first step to earning the CGR designation is to take the PREP (Professional Remodeler Experience Profile). This three-hour, 130-question, multiple-choice assessment measures your knowledge and experience in the five core areas of remodeling business management. The five core areas are:

  • Marketing & Sales
  • Business Administration
  • Design Estimating & Job Cost
  • Contracts, Liability & Risk Management
  • Project Management

Your PREP results determine which courses are required in order to become a CGR. You will receive official notice of your results and course requirements by mail.