Education

The HBA Education Committee has been recognized at the national level for having the Best Education Plan Implemented among HBAs its size. The HBA offers courses from building science and code training to business management courses and NAHB Designation Classes. The HBA offers dozens of hours of professional education each year. For a list of upcoming courses, see our course calendar

National Association of Home Builders Designation Courses

A NAHB Designation says a lot about you. Professional designations offer excellent opportunities to improve your skills, advance your career and be recognized for your commitment to professional growth. NAHB has the most targeted curriculum, accomplished teachers and widely respected education opportunities in the business. The HBA of Greater Austin hosts designation courses; check the events calendar or contact the HBA education coordinator for information on upcoming courses.

Earning an NAHB professional designation can improve your bottom line, according to an NAHB Builder Member Census. The study reveals that members with designations make more money than their counterparts without them. According to the survey, members holding:

  • The Graduate Master Builder (GMB) designation had company revenues that averaged $1.61 million more last year than those without an NAHB builder designation.
  • The Certified Graduate Builder (CGB) designation had company revenues that averaged $990,189 more.
  • The Certified Green Professional (CGP) designation had company revenues that averaged $824,124 more.
  • The Certified Graduate Remodeler (CGR) designation had company revenues that averaged $506,414 more.
  • The Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist (CAPS) designation had company revenues that averaged $110,838 more.

(Figures are based on the median 2012 revenue in the NAHB 2012 Builder Member Census.)

Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist (CAPS)
The CAPS program teaches the technical, business management and customer service skills essential to competing in the aging-in-place market. Curriculum and requirements.

Certified Graduate Associate (CGA)
Developed specifically for associates (including suppliers of materials and financial services), the CGA program offers participants an opportunity to enhance their knowledge of homebuilding industry fundamentals. Curriculum and requirements.

Certified Graduate Builder (CGB)
The CGB designation is an exclusive professional designation designed to emphasize business and project management skills. Curriculum and requirements.

Certified Graduate Remodeler (CGR)
The CGR designation is an exclusive professional designation designed to emphasize business management skills as the key to a professional remodeling operation. Curriculum and requirements.

Certified Green Professional (CGP)
The CGP designation teaches builders, remodelers and other industry professionals techniques for incorporating green building principles into homes and not drive up the cost of construction. Curriculum and requirements.

Certified New Home Marketing Professional (CMP)
The CMP designation is the mid-level designation for Institute of Residential Marketing (IRM) students who have completed the marketing intensive IRM courses I through IV. Curriculum and requirements.

Certified New Home Sales Professional (CSP)
The CSP designation was designed for specialists in new home sales to enhance their professional image, increase their marketability in the home building industry and sell more homes. Curriculum and requirements.

Graduate Master Builder (GMB)
The GMB designation courses are more advanced with in-depth instruction geared for experienced building professionals. Curriculum and requirements.

Graduate Master Remodeler (GMR)
The GMR program includes advanced and updated courses geared toward experienced remodeling professionals. Curriculum and requirements.

Housing Credit Certified Professional (HCCP)
The HCCP is a specialized designation for developers, property managers, asset managers and others working in the affordable housing industry. Curriculum and requirements.

Master Certified New Home Sales Professional (Master CSP)
The Master CSP designation acknowledges the continued educational achievements of graduates of the CSP program. Curriculum and requirements.

Master Certified Green Professional (Master CGP)
The Master CGP designation builds on the Certified Green Professional (CGP) designation and expands into the mechanics of green building. Exclusively for experienced builders and remodelers, this designation comprises a more in-depth study of green building science and methods. The HBA of Greater Austin is one of the few home builder associations in the country offering these advanced courses. Curriculum and requirements.

Master in Residential Marketing (MIRM)
The MIRM designation is the top-level achievement for professionals in new home marketing. Curriculum and requirements.

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“As Marketing Director here at Tilson, I make sure staff have any NAHB designations they have earned displayed prominently on their business cards. Over the years, we have found that NAHB designations provide credibility with clients and instill a sense of professionalism throughout the company.”

F. Gary Lewis GMB, CSP, CGB
Marketing Director, Tilson Home Corporation

“The HBA’s education program exposed me to ideas that were new to me and I got to hear very different viewpoints from my own – a broader outlook is always valuable.”

Jim Rush, GMB
President, Green Builder, Inc.

“I have been a Graduate Master Builder since 1993.  This designation appears on my business card, web site and every new home proposal that we prepare.  Potential home buyers always ask about the Master Builder title and I get a chance to describe the elite group that has earned this designation.  Being a Master Builder has tipped the scales in our favor more than once and education required to obtain it helps our business decisions every day.”

Steve Zbranek, GMB, CGP
President, Zbranek Custom Homes

“I feel very strongly about education and am very fortunate to belong to a very progressive and proactive HBA. I was able to obtain all of the required classes for four designations in one year: CGB, GMB, CAPS and CGP. Through my local newspaper I was able to inform the public when I achieved a designation and explain the importance of that designation, which resulted in several new custom home projects.”

Stan Voelker, President, CGB, CGP, GMB, CAPS
Voelker Custom Homes

“I have been a believer in the designation program since I discovered it in 1998. I have used its benefits such as networking with other trade professionals, understanding better how to manage my own company, and having the NAHB standing behind me in this program.  I have encouraged those around me to line up and sign up for the classes and make themselves stand out from the crowd by being able to call themselves “Certified Graduate Remodeler” or whichever designation they are seeking. I believe it puts us head and shoulders above the average builder/remodelor to be able to display the designations on our clothing and our literature.” 

Gary Henley, President, CGB, CGR, CGP, CAPS, GMB, GMR
Henley Homes, Inc.

NAHB Student Chapters

The HBA of Greater Austin sponsors two local NAHB student chapters at Austin Community College and the University of Texas at Austin. Student chapter members are consistently looking for various internships and jobs with HBA member firms to fullfill their academic requirements and hopefully gain permanent positions upon graduation. The HBA offers student chapter members the chance to attend HBA general education courses at half price.

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