Continuing Education Requirements for NAHB Designations

NAHB designees are required to complete a certain amount of hours or credits every three years depending on the designation. Designees are not required to send in proof of continuing education (CE) earned at time of renewal. If they are chosen for a random audit, NAHB will contact them directly and ask for the proof of CE at that time.

CE requirements for NAHB’s professional designations are as follows:

Builder/Remodeler/Associate Designations (CAPS, CGA, CGB, GMB, CGR and GMR)

Individuals holding these designations must earn a total of 12 CE hours every three years. However, NAHB’s designation boards modified the CE requirements, including hour limits in specific CE categories.

Professionals holding the CAPS, CGA, CGB, GMB, CGR and GMR designations may now earn CE credit the follow ways:

  • Complete an NAHB Education course.
  • Complete an NAHB e-learning event or education session at the International Builders’ Show. (maximum limit of six CE hours over the past three years)
  • Teach an NAHB Education course and/or serve as a subject matter expert (SME) for an NAHB Education course. (maximum limit of six CE hours over the past three years)
  • Successfully earn another NAHB designation and/or other building/remodeling industry-related designation. (maximum limit of three CE hours over the past three years)
  • Be an active member of a Builder or Remodeler 20 Club. (maximum limit of three CE hours over the past three years)
  • Complete an aging-in-place, business management or building/remodeling industry-related course, seminar or e-learning event conducted by a college, university, technical school, Home Builders Institute or other professional organization. (maximum of six CE hours over the past three years)
  • Complete manufacturer product training. Includes sponsored education on business or installation techniques, facility tours, fabrication process demonstrations or product demonstrations. (maximum limit of three CE hours over the past three years)
  • Win a regional, state or national building/remodeling industry award. State/Regional Award – two credit hours; National Award – three credit hours (maximum of six CE hours for awards over the past three years). Note: CAPS designees only receive credit for aging-in-place or design awards. Learn more about NAHB-sponsored awards programs.
  • Purchase and read a BuilderBooks publication or title. BuilderBooks titles must be building/remodeling industry-related or, in the case of CAPS, for aging-in-place or design. (one hour of CE credit for every book, with a maximum of three hours over the past three years)

Green Building Designations (CGP and Master CGP)

Designees must earn 12 CE hours (eight of which must be green building-related) every three years.

CGP and Master CGP designees may earn CE credit by doing the following:

  • Complete an NAHB Education course.
  • Complete an NAHB e-learning event or education session at the International Builders’ Show. (maximum limit of six CE hours over the past three years)
  • Teach an NAHB Education course and/or serve as a subject matter expert (SME) for an NAHB Education course. (maximum limit of six CE hours over the past three years)
  • Successfully earn another NAHB designation and/or other green building/remodeling designation. (maximum limit of three CE hours over the past three years)
  • Be an active member of a Builder or Remodeler 20 Club. (maximum limit of three CE hours over the past three years)
  • Complete a green building-related course, seminar or e-learning event conducted by a college, university, technical school, Home Builders Institute or other professional organization. (maximum of six CE hours over the past three years)
  • Complete manufacturer product training related to green building. Includes sponsored education on business or installation techniques, facility tours, fabrication process demonstrations or product demonstrations. (maximum limit of three CE hours over the past three years)
  • Win a regional, state or national green building award or another regional, state or national design award. The project must have been certified to the 2012 ICC 700 National Green Building Standard or another recognized state or national green residential program. State/Regional Award – two credit hours; National Award – three credit hours (maximum of six CE hours for awards over the past three years)
  • Purchase and read a BuilderBooks publication or title. BuilderBooks titles must be building/remodeling industry-related or related to green building. (one hour of CE credit for every book, with a maximum of three hours over the past three years)

Sales and Marketing Designations (CSP, Master CSP, CMP and MIRM)

The Institute of Residential Marketing (IRM) Board of Governors approved changes to the CE requirements for all four sales and marketing designations.  

The new requirements are as follows: CSP, six CE hours every three years; Master CSP, eight hours every three years; CMP, 10 hours every three years; and MIRM, 12 hours every three years. 

Designees may earn CE credit the following ways:

  • Complete an Institute of Residential Marketing (IRM) or NAHB Education course or a NAHB e-learning event. (one CE hour for every hour of instruction up to a maximum of six hours, not including IRM I-IV)
  • Teach an IRM or NAHB Education course and/or serve as a subject matter expert (SME) for an IRM or NAHB Education course. (up to a maximum of six CE hours over the past three years)
  • Attend sales and marketing educational sessions at the International Builders’ Show or any educational programs and seminars at national, regional and state conferences and trade shows. (one CE hour for every hour of instruction up to a maximum of six hours)
  • Attend HBA or local and state Sales and Marketing Council (SMC) seminars, programs and classes. This includes non-IRM and NAHB courses sponsored by a state or local HBA, SMC or Home Builders Institute. (one CE hour for every two hours of instruction, up to a maximum of four hours)
  • Attend other real estate industry educational programs. (one CE hour for every two hours of instruction, up to a maximum of six hours)
  • Successfully earn another NAHB designation or other sales and marketing or real estate designation. (up to a maximum of three CE hours over the past three years)
  • Be an active member of a Builder or Remodeler 20 Club. (up to a maximum of three CE hours over the past three years)
  • Purchase and read a BuilderBooks publication or title. (one hour of CE credit for every book, up to a maximum of three CE hours over the past three years)
  • Win a state, regional or national sales and marketing award. State/Regional Award – two credit hours; National Award – three credit hours. (up to a maximum of six hours for awards over the past three years)

For questions about CE requirements or the status of your NAHB designation, contact the NAHB Professional Designation Help Line at 800-368-5242 or email designations@nahb.org.

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