Kudos to Designer Katie! She earned a Universal Design Certified Professional (UDCP) accreditation from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). Katie joined our Design Team in 2020 with over 9 years of experience in residential remodeling and a BFA in Interior Architecture from Ohio University.

Katie prepared for the UDCP test by attending an 8-hour online course. Also helpful to her preparation was reviewing the study guide materials provided by NARI and the many notecards she created. She hopes to add additional certifications and actively participate in offerings from NARI of Central Ohio. “My certification has broadened my knowledge, provided me with more tools as I’ve learned to design with everyone in mind.”

Because more of our clients are wanting to live in their homes longer, our Design Team, at The Cleary Company Remodel Design Build in Columbus Ohio, recognizes that all of our projects should include principles of Universal Design. This not only applies to our clients looking to “age in place” but also to their extended family, caregivers and guests living or visiting with them.

What is NARI Certification?

Certified professionals represent an elite group of industry experts who possess extensive technical and management skills. These skills set them apart as capable remodeling professionals. Standards and exam questions are developed by leading remodeling experts who are well versed in technical and management best practices for the remodeling industry.

Why our Team values industry certifications?

As a trusted Remodel-Design-Build firm in Columbus, Ohio, we believe continuing education is important and the development of Our Team is a responsibility we have to our clients. From formal CEU classes administered by our industry partners to informal Lunch-n-Learns hosted by our vendors, throughout each year, our Team regularly participates in webinars and live presentations to improve our knowledge of home remodeling.

Not to mention, data suggests 80% of consumers would choose a remodeling professional who is certified over one who is not.

Want to know more about what Universal Design is? Click here to read our blog post on the subject!