How to Earn Your CGA

Learn about the home building business from the best source possible: builders and remodelers with years of field experience. Earned through classroom instruction, the Certified Graduate Associate (CGA) designation affirms your level of industry knowledge and your commitment to professionalism in the building industry. It's an excellent choice for suppliers and professionals serving the home building industry as a way to demonstrate commitment to your clients.

Curriculum and Other Requirements

To be eligible to earn the CGA designation, you must have two years of building industry experience and successfully complete two required courses: Basics of Building and Business Management for Building Professionals.

In addition, you must complete two courses from the list of approved electives below:

Graduation Requirements

Course Fees

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

National Fees:

  • $279 member
  • $419 non-member

Graduation/Renewal Fees:

  • Premium Option: Grad Kit Available Online/Print (Includes customized plaque, lapel pin and ribbon)
    • $145 member
    • $218 non-member
  • Standard Option: Available Online Only (Includes downloadable designation certificate)
    • $75 member
    • $110 non-member
  • Annual Renewal Fees:
    • $55 member
    • $83 non-member

Apply now if you have met all CGA requirements.

Continuing Education Requirements:

Complete 12 hours 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.