Credential descriptions

Our experience has found the contractors who take the time to be involved in their local building association and that earn credentials & awards typically take more pride and ownership in their work. This results in a higher probability of your project meeting or surpassing your expectations. 

hba_icon.png Building Association Membership

Membership in the local home builder's association is an indication of a builder's commitment to the industry, to the success of their own company and, ultimately, to their customers. Locally, here in Central Oregon Building Association members voluntarily adopt a Brand Promise which calls for fair and honest dealings with both consumers and the people with whom they do business.

designation_icon.png Designations

A step beyond building association members are designation and credentials earned by building professionals. You can find a description of the credential and how that benefits you below. Just click on the credential to be taken to the listing.


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Designation
 CCB Certified Sustainable Home Professional (SHP)
 EPA Lead Based Paint Renovator Certification
 NAHB Certified Graduate Associate (CGA)
 NAHB Certified Graduate Builder (CGB)
 NAHB Graduate Master Builder (GMB)
 NAHB Certified Graduate Remodeler (CGR)
 NAHB Graduate Master Remodeler (GMR)
 NAHB Certified Green Professional (CGP)
  NAHB Master Certified Green Professional (Master CGP)
  NAHB Certified Active Adult Specialist in Housing (CAASH)
  NAHB Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS)
  NAHB
Housing Credit Certified Professional (HCCP) 
  NAHB
Certified New Home Marketing (CMP)
  NAHB
Master In Residential Marketing (MIRM) 
  NAHB
Certified New Home Sales (CSP) 
  NAHB
Master Certified New Home Sales Professional (Master CSP) 
  NAR
Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) 
  NAR Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR) 
  NAR Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager (CRBsm) 
  NAR NAR’s Green Designation 
  NAR Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES) 
  NAR Short Sales & Foreclosure Resource (SFR) 
  NAR Resort & Second Home Specialist (RSPS) 
   
   

NAHB - National Association of Home Builders

Certified Graduate Associate (CGA)
Description: Minimum of two years building experience and must complete two elective education courses
Benefit: Builder with professional training

Certified Graduate Builder (CGB)
Description: Minimum of two years building experience, must complete builder assessment review and have worked in a management or lead position
Benefit: Experienced builder with green building knowledge

Graduate Master Builder (GMB)
Description: Minimum five years of experience with CGR or CGA designation
Benefit: Veteran builder who has received in-depth instruction and possesses extensive building knowledge

Certified Graduate Remodeler (CGR)

Description: Minimum of five years remodeling experience, completion of course work and signed code of ethics pledge
Benefit: Experienced remodel professional with green building knowledge

Graduate Master Remodeler (GMR)
Description: 15 years of remodeling experience, completion of five required courses and active CGR for nine years
Benefit: Veteran remodeler who has received in-depth instruction and possesses extensive building knowledge

Certified Green Professional (CGP)
Description: Minimum two years building experience, completed Green Building for Building Professionals course work and signed a professional code of ethics
Benefit: Understanding of energy efficiency, healthy indoor air and resource conservation

Master Certified Green Professional (Master CGP)
Description: Minimum five years building experience, completed Green building for Building Professionals course work, built at least three certified green dwellings and signed a professional code of ethics
Benefit: Advanced understanding of energy efficiency, healthy indoor air and resource conservation

Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS)
Description: Specialize in the needs of aging home residents
Benefit: Build or remodel homes that maximize access and mobility

Certified Active Adult Specialist in Housing (CAASH)
Description: Specialize in communities for active 55+ adults
Benefit: Help find and evaluate active adult communities

Housing Credit Certified Professional (HCCP)
Description: Specialized designation for developers, property managers and asset managers
Benefit: To help those in the affordable housing industry

Certified New Home Marketing (CMP)
Description: Complete 50 hours of home marketing curriculum and have at least three years experience in new home sales.
Benefit: Provide marketing strategy and tactics for new home sales

Master In Residential Marketing (MIRM)
Description: CMP education, experience and additional case study course work
Benefit: Top level new home marketing professional

Certified New Home Sales (CSP)
Description: Requires 24 hours of new home sales course work
Benefit: Specialist in new home sales

Master Certified New Home Sales Professional (Master CSP)
Description: CSP course work and at least three years experience
Benefit: Top level new home sales professional



Construction Contractors Board (CCB) Designations

Certified Sustainable Home Professional (SHP)
Description: Extensive, six month program that establishes competencies in LEED, Earth Advantage, Energy Star and other established certification programs
Benefit: Professionals learn how to cost-effectively design, build and maintain more efficient and sustainable buildings.  Back to top.
  

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Certification


Lead Based Paint Renovator Certification
Description: EPA certified course that provides builders the knowledge required to provide renovation on homes constructed prior to 1978

Benefit: Safe home painting and remodeling

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National Association of Realtors (NAR)

Certified Residential Specialist (CRS)
Description: Online and in class course work
Benefit: Gives real estate agents the tools they need to run a successful business

Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR)
Description: 16 hours of course work
Benefit: Professional with a unique understanding of buyers' needs and how to best serve them

Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager (CRBsm)
Description: Must complete advanced educational course and professional requirements
Benefits: Become a professional real estate firm manager

NAR’s Green Designation
Description: Three day green building science and sustainability curriculum
Benefit: Help those selling and buying a green home make informed decisions

Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES)
Description: Specialized aging-in-place training and regular updates
Benefit: Provide clients who are 50 years + make informed buying decisions

Short Sales & Foreclosure Resource (SFR)
Description: Specialized short sales training and regular updates
Benefit: Help buyers and sellers navigate the complex short selling process

Resort & Second Home Specialist (RSPS)

Description: Specialized second home training and regular updates
Benefit: Help buyers and sellers of investment, recreation and resort properties make informed decisions