How to Earn Your CGB

Certified Graduate Builder (CGB)
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Contact: Professional Designation Helpline
(800) 368-5242 ext. 8154
designations@nahb.org

Grow your business and increase your profits by becoming a Certified Graduate Builder (CGB). You’ll sharpen your business management skills and better understand today’s home building industry. CGB courses focus on effective management in the office and on the job site, examine all stages of new home construction and cover topics such as scheduling, estimating, job cost procedures, accounting principles and basic contract law.

Curriculum and Other Requirements

  • Two years of building experience by graduation
  • Completion of the Builder Assessment Review (BAR): Candidates are required to take the BAR assessment to determine what courses they must complete to earn the CGB designation. The results of the BAR list the number of courses required (0-3) from the five key areas of the designation curriculum.
  • Be a “builder” according to the following criteria: primary executive/owner of a company, superintendent or lead carpenter, or construction executive personnel/employee* who has built a minimum of one dwelling in the past 24 months.

* Employee in an executive or management position with discretionary authority over building and construction matters, excluding office management and administrative personnel such as office manager or accountant.

In addition, the CGB candidate must

  • Complete and submit the online CGB graduation application or print version.
  • Submit proof of liability insurance and workers’ compensation insurance or be an employee* of a company that holds both (where required by local jurisdiction).
  • Submit proof of a residential builder’s or contractor’s license, certificate or registration for the state in which you do business or be an employee* of a company that holds a license, certificate or registration (where required by local jurisdiction).
  • Submit a letter of sponsorship from the owner/executive stipulating your position within the company as either superintendent, lead contractor or construction executive is required, if you are not the owner of the company.
  • Submit a signed copy of the CGB Code of Ethics Pledge or agree to the terms electronically.

Building Technology

  • Building Technology: Systems and Interior Finishes
  • Building Technology: Structures and Exterior Finishes
  • High Performance Building for Building Professionals

Business Finance

Project Management

Sales, Marketing and Land

Safety

  • If you have taken the BAR before August 8, 2018, the NAHB Education Committee will accept a state-approved or OSHA course that is a minimum of eight hours, completed within two years of application submittal. Students must show proof of attendance. If you take the BAR after August 8, 2018, the NAHB Education Committee will accept the OSHA 10-hour or 30-hour course completed within five years of application submittal. Students must show proof of attendance.

BAR and Course Fees

National Online BAR Fee: $95

National course fees:

  • Members: $279
  • Non-members: $419

Local course fees are determined by the HBA or other educational license holder that holds the classes.

Graduation and Renewal Fees

Premium Option
Kit Available Online/Print (Includes customized CGB plaque, lapel pin, ribbon and “Build with Confidence” consumer brochures)

  • Members: $145
  • Non-members: $218

Standard Option
Kit Available Online Only (Includes downloadable designation certificate)

  • Members: $75
  • Non-members: $110

Annual Renewal Fees

  • Members: $55
  • Non-members: $83

Continuing Education Requirements

Complete 12 hours of continuing education every three years from building industry-related educational activities. Designees are not required to send in proof of 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.

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