The Professional Remodelors Organization (PRO) was organized in 1987 for the purpose of improving public awareness of the remodeling, renovation and rehabilitation industry, while striving to achieve high professional standards and sound business ethics among its members, thereby serving the citizens of Frederick and surrounding communities. Its goals and objectives are:
- To provide an opportunity to meet other Remodelors.
- To serve as a point of contact for questions from the public and potential customers.
- To provide education.
- To take part in community service projects.
- To work with Maryland Legislators to help protect the interests of Remodelors.
In order to become a member of PRO your company must first become a member of the Frederick County Building Industry Association. As a member, you will have excellent opportunities to meet other builders in Frederick County and adjacent areas.
A portion of your dues goes to the Maryland State Builders Association, which provides legislative input for the building and remodeling industries in Annapolis and to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), which is located in Washington, DC. NAHB provides an enormous amount of resources for remodelers, including but not limited to the ABC’s of Building to Marketing your business, legal services, technology research and developments, and national networking groups. As a member, you will be listed in FCBIA's, as well as NAHB's, online directory.
Weekly e-news will keep you informed about upcoming events, legislative issues, and other items of interest. FCBIA also prints a quarterly newsletter called the Builder Bulletin in which advertising opportunities are available. You will also receive industry news from NAHB Remodelers delivered right to your inbox on a monthly basis.
NAHB offers various designations, especially designed for remodelers, that will give you a competitive edge:
Certified Graduate Remodeler (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.
The National Association of Home Builders’ Certified Green Professional™ designation recognizes builders, remodelers and other industry professionals who incorporate green building principles into homes— without driving up the cost of construction. Classwork leading to the designation provides a solid background in green building methods, as well as the tools to reach consumers, from the organization leading the charge to provide market-driven green building solutions to the home building industry.
The Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) designation is the result of the work of the Remodelors Council -- in conjunction with the NAHB Research Center, 50+ Housing Council and AARP. The three-day training program equips graduates with the technical, customer service and marketing skills required to effectively service the burgeoning market for aging-in-place home modifications. Demographic trends indicate that home owners who plan to stay in their homes as they get older instead of making other housing accommodations are one of the fastest growing segments of the residential remodeling market. Many of these households can be expected to call on remodelers to adapt their homes to their changing needs and lifestyles in order to maintain their independence.
The GMR allows CGRs to attain further recognition for educational excellence and longevity in the remodeling industry. This is a new program due to be implemented in 2008 and is designed to be the master level of the current CGR designation. Qualifications include 15 years remodeling experience, completion of 5 required courses, and having an active CGR for 9 years or active CR (Certified Remodeler) from NARI (National Association Remodeling Industry) for 10 years.
Learn about the home building business from the best source possible: builders and remodelers with years of field experience. Earned through classroom instruction, the CGA designation affirms your level of industry knowledge and your commitment to your professionalism in the building industry.
For more information about designations and education and to find out when and where courses are being held, visit NAHB's Designation Resources page.