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NCBI Designations

The information provided in the courses offered by the NCBI is important to the person who is serious about his/her business.  In addition, NCBI designations are important to clients who are looking for quality builders.

Accredited Builder (AB): From the ground up, this certification program offers a comprehensive overview of key areas in the home building industry. All subject areas have been designed to appeal to a broad range of individuals with varying backgrounds and levels of formal education, and will cover all major areas necessary for success. Topics will be updated periodically so that current trends can be addressed. To earn the Accredited Builder (AB) designation, students must complete 72 hours of course work in level 100 and/or 200 of the curriculum.
Accredited Associate (AA): This designation offers associate members valuable knowledge about the home building industry. Associates can take advantage of this great networking time to build relationships with potential clients while developing knowledge of new industry trends and techniques. To earn the Accredited Associate (AA) designation, students must complete 48 hours of course work from the North Carolina Builder Institute Curriculum in the 100 and/or 200 level courses.
Accredited Remodeler (AR): This designation is designed for the general contractor who wants to learn more about the remodeling segment of the home building industry. The curriculum is designed for those who have worked in remodeling for years or those who are interested in entering the field. Students will gain a broad education in the key areas of home building, along with specific education related to the remodeling segment, such as project and time management. To earn the Accredited Remodeler (AR) designation, a student must complete 16 mandatory hours (specific courses) and 56 elective hours totaling 72 hours of course work on the 100 and/or 200 level of the NCBI curriculum. The elective hours can be made up of any combination of the 100 and/or 200 level courses.
Accredited Residential Superintendent (ARS): This designation is designed for the field superintendent or other site personnel looking to excel in their current position. With topics geared toward their specific needs, this program will give you the tools needed to be a success in the home building industry. To earn the Accredited Residential Superintendent (ARS) designation, a student must complete 24 mandatory hours (specific courses) and 24 elective hours totaling 48 hours of course work on the 100 and/or 200 level of the NCBI curriculum.  NOTE: the 24 mandatory hours required are PM101 Managing Time, PM201 Completing Your Projects on Time, DS102 Blue Print Reading, PM103 Quality Control Techniques, PM203 Maximizing Your Profits, and PM 204 Fall Protection.  The elective hours can be made up of any combination of the 100 and/or 200 level courses.
Accredited Master Builder (AMB): Master courses will take you beyond the basics and into advanced instruction by experts who have designed material exclusively for the experienced builder. Topics include negotiation, quality construction, diversification and much more.To earn the Accredited Master Builder (AMB) designation, a student must first successfully complete the requirements for the AB designation. Once those requirements have been completed, students can begin taking the 40 hours of course work on the 300 level of the NCBI curriculum, which is required to achieve the AMB designation.
Accredited Master Associate (AMA): In response to overwhelming demand for further training on the master level, NCBI developed the courses not only relevant to the experienced builder, but for the advanced associate as well. To earn the Accredited Master Associate (AMA) designation, a student must first successfully complete the requirements for the AA designation. Once those requirements have been completed, students may begin taking the 40 hours of course work on the 300 level of the NCBI curriculum, which is required to achieve the Accredited Master Associate designation.

To maintain these designations, you must complete eight (8) hours of course work per year.  Initial certification is valid for one year ending on December 31 of the year following certification. Recertification is based on proof of completion of 8 hours continuing education on a topic related to the home building industry. Download the NCBI Recertification Form here.  You may send the completed form back to Sara Whitley at swhitley@nchba.org, fax to (919) 676-0402 or mail to NCHBA, PO Box 99090, Raleigh, NC 27624.

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