I am a being of constant learning. I truly believe that I learn something(s) new on every project and always will. That is why I constantly am involved in taking new courses and building my credentials. Unlike many other professions, these credentials are not mandatory. They are something that people who are seeking to improve their skills and gain new knowledge seek on their own.
A Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Designer (CMKBD) is the highest level of accreditation from the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA). It is a designation for designers who seek to further their knowledge of the industry and maintain the NKBA’s expectations and standards. This designation was obtained after passing multiple written and drawing examinations, and approval from a panel of fellow CMKBD’s which takes a minimum of 7 years to achieve. As of the beginning of 2021, there are only seven CMKBD’s in the entire state of Michigan including myself.
The Living in Place Institute is the driving force behind creating spaces and products that make homes safe and function for people of all abilities. Whereas the CAPS designation is focused for people who intend to age in their home long term, the CLIPP designation expands on it. It goes into hearing, vision, mobility, sensory, and other impairments, no matter the age of the users, that require a different level of knowledge and service to design proper spaces for.
Licensed Builders are professionals who have completed multiple examinations and hours of required learning material through the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA). This designation allows contractors, builders, and remodelers the ability to build homes, apply for permits with the city, or remodel safely, and with oversight.
Through the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), you can become a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS). This designation and examinations are for professionals searching for a deeper knowledge of how to assist clients who want to age in their home long term. Whether focusing on clients with mobility aids, diminishing eyesight, flexibility issues, etc. Certified Aging in Place Specialists help plan for safety and use throughout the home.