CMKBD, CAPS and CLIPP are industry certifications demonstrating acquired qualifications. CMKBD is instituted by the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA), CAPS by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and CLIPP by The Living In Place Institute.
CMKBD stands for Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Designer and is a program which recognizes extraordinary experience and achievements in the kitchen and bath industry. The CMKBD must possess both their CKD (Certified Kitchen Designer) & CBD (Certified Bath Designer) Certifications and must have a minimum of 17 years of industry experience.
By Choosing to work with an NKBA Certified – CMKBD (Certified Master Kitchen & Bath Designer), you will be working with a professional who:
- Has demonstrated comprehensive knowledge in Kitchen & Bath design, as well as construction, mechanical, plumbing and electrical systems.
- Adheres to a strict Code of Professional Conduct.
- Is an expert in the NKBA Kitchen & Bath Planning Guidelines & Access Standards, which recognizes the importance of consumer health, safety, and welfare in K & B Design.
- Is a member of the NKBA, the K & B Industry’s leading professional organization that provides them with the training and tools needed to succeed.
- Is skilled at assessing consumers’ individual needs and wants, creating designs that meet and exceed these requirements.
- Remains current on local building codes, safety and environmental regulations and the wealth of new products and equipment on the market.
(courtesy of the National Kitchen & Bath Association)
CAPS stands for ‘Certified Aging in Place Specialist’. CAPS professionals are educated in the strategies and techniques for designing and building aesthetically pleasing, barrier-free living environments. CAPS graduates pledge to uphold a code of ethics and are required to maintain their designation by attending continuing education programs and participating in community service.
‘Aging in place’ is defined as ‘remaining in one’s home safely, independently and comfortably regardless of age, income or ability level.’
‘Aging in Place’ is for homeowners who wish to continue living in a familiar environment throughout their maturing years. It is about creating and living in safe, comfortable and inspiring living spaces. ‘Aging in Place’ Design is about applying a sensible and conscious design approach to creating user friendly and age friendly spaces.
A Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) has been trained in: the unique needs of the older adult population; Aging-in-Place home modifications; common remodeling projects and solutions to common barriers.
CLIPP stands for Certified Living in Place Professional. A qualified professional, who is a part of the solution to improving independence and dignity for all homeowners through sharing their skills to identify safety concerns and recommend solutions in any home, regardless of the homeowner’s age or needs. Living In Place is the practice of making all homes Safe – Healthy – Comfortable to everyone.