Lowe’s to Offer CGR and CAPS Scholarships in 2015

Active HBA Remodeler members can expand their knowledge—and their businesses—by earning an NAHB educational designation with the generous support of Lowe’s ProServices.

The Lowe’s CGR Scholarship and the Lowe’s CAPS Scholarship help pay for the classes needed to earn the prestigious Certified Graduate Remodeler (CGR) and Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) designations.

First, interested participants must apply for the scholarships, which are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. The deadline for both scholarship applications is January 2, 2015.

CGR Scholarship recipients can take the Professional Remodeler Experience Profile (PREP) online for free until March 13, 2015. Results of the PREP guide individuals to the courses they need to complete to obtain the CGR.

If the PREP is taken prior to the 2015 NAHB International Builders Show® in Las Vegas, individuals can start taking Pre-Show courses at the show January 17-20.

CAPS Scholarship recipients can take the courses needed to obtain the designation at either IBS or at the Remodeling Show in Chicago, September 30 through October 2, 2015. Courses include Business Management for Building Professionals, Project Management and Design/Build Solutions for Aging and Accessibility (CAPS II).

Customers seek Remodelers with CGR and CAPS because these designees demonstrate passion for and commitment to being the best in the industry. And companies benefit too—as another indication of their professionalism, members with the CGR and CAPS report higher annual revenues than those without.

For more information, visit nahb.org/LowesScholarships or call 800-368-5242 x8153.

Roundtables at IBS will help you evaluate designations

Earning a designation is great way to maximize your professionalism through industry education. If you are unsure which designation is right for you, get the answers to your questions during interactive designation roundtables at the 2014 International Builders’ Show® next month in Las Vegas. You will hear success stories from other designees about how they leveraged their “letters” to grow their companies and enhance their professional brands.

Each roundtable below will be held in the Las Vegas Convention Center:

Roundtable attendees will earn one hour of continuing education credit toward your designation.
While at IBS, consider registering for Pre-Show Education courses like Certified New Home Sales Professional, Design/Build, Green Building for Building Professionals and Universal Design/Build. In addition to earning CE credit, you will move a step closer to earning your next designation.

For more information about designation-related activities at IBS, call the NAHB Professional Designation Help Line at 800-368-5242 x8154 or email designations@nahb.org.

It’s also not too late for your members to register for the 2014 IBS.

HBASC is Offering OSHA Training Course December 14

The HBA of South Carolina is offering an eight-hour OSHA Safety course on December 14 at the HBASC office. This course can be substituted for the NAHB safety course that may be required for builders and remodelers seeking the CGB or CGR designation.

This course will be offered based on need and requires 10 students to be held. If you need a safety course for an NAHB designation, you should register for this course immediately. If an insufficient number of students register, the course will be canceled.

Click on this link to register for the OSHA Safety Course at HBASC.