The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) announced Wednesday that it will launch the industry’s first Certified Remodeler Project Manager (CRPM) education program. The program will begin Sept. 6, 2011.

The program addresses what NARI calls a growing trend in the remodeling industry. “It’s becoming more common for remodeling companies to use project managers to supervise projects, rather than lead carpenters or the general contractor,” says David Walker of Double Check Builders, Ronkonkoma, N.Y. Walker is a member of the association’s CRPM committee and the first course program facilitator. The committee comprises a group of association members experienced in project management, and has developed the certification aimed at professionalizing the project manager role in the residential remodeling industry.

Because the course was designed by experienced project managers, NARI says participants will get real world knowledge about the topic. The committee created a set of knowledge domains and sub-domains that include project cost management, communication, project planning, quality assurance, recordkeeping, and risk management. “To create the domains, we drew upon our own experiences in project management to identify the most important areas of study,” Walker says. “We also placed higher concentration on domains that are most responsible for project success, with emphasis on those areas in the prep course study and test.”

The CRPM certification is designed to establish a body of knowledge for project managers that will increase the level of professionalism in how remodeling projects are managed to drive customer satisfaction and profitability for the company.

“We are confident that those who participate in the CRPM will walk away with a strong foundation for building a successful process to handle all types of projects from beginning to end,” Walker says. “The domains from the program hit on all aspects of what a project manager will experience in their roles—everything from triumphs to challenges.” 

The NARI member price for the CRPM online prep course and the certification exam is $820, and the non-member price for the CRPM online prep course and certification exam is $1,120. For more information on the eligibility requirements, registration and sub-domains, please visit