January 10 - 12, 2017
Orlando, FL

Pre-Show Courses

We Offer More So You Have More to Offer

Build Your Knowledge

Build a better you with sharp new skills and advanced industry knowledge. Take a pre-show course on a specific industry topic while increasing your skill set. These one- or two-day courses offered by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and HBI give you the chance to delve deeper and really immerse yourself in the subject matter. Courses encourage collaboration and participation, with the understanding that your industry experience plays a crucial role in the classroom. Nowhere else during the year will you find all these courses available in one place, at one time. 

All pre-show course registrations include a free IBS expo pass, giving you access to the exhibit floor all three days!

Are these courses good just for designations?

No. Everyone has a different reason for taking pre-show courses. But the courses do count towards credit of NAHB's 13 professional designations and HBI's Residential Construction Superintendent (RCS) designation. So if you're looking to begin or move towards completion of a designation, this is an ideal time to take a class—or two. Pre-show courses help you build a better career, business and industry relationships. Individuals choose to obtain a designation as part of their career goals or business marketing strategy.

Continuing Education

Pre-show courses also count towards continuing education credit for NAHB designations and for other industry organizations.  For those with an NAHB designation, taking these courses while attending IBS gives you the chance to do two things at the same time.

How do I fit these courses into my jam-packed IBS schedule?

These courses are offered before the show starts. They're scheduled so that you can take multiple courses if you're working towards a designation. This gives you the added benefit of also being able to attend the regular education sessions offered during the show. 


NKBA members get NAHB member pricing for pre-show courses. See pre-show course fees and cancellations.

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Pre-Show Course Schedule

January 6

January 7

January 8

January 9

NAHB & HBI Professional Designations

NAHB Designations

  • Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist (CAPS)
  • Certified Graduate Associate (CGA)
  • Certified Graduate Builder (CGB)
  • Certified Graduate Remodeler (CGR)
  • Certified Green Professional (CGP)
  • Certified New Home Marketing Professional (CMP)
  • Certified New Home Sales Professional (CSP)
  • Graduate Master Builder (GMB)
  • Graduate Master Remodeler (GMR)
  • Housing Credit Certified Professional (HCCP)
  • Master Certified Green Professional
  • Master Certified New Home Sales Professional (Master CSP)
  • Master in Residential Marketing (MIRM)

Learn more at nahb.org/designations

Know What Classes You Need

The Builder Assessment Review (BAR) and the Professional Remodeler Experience Profile (PREP) are now being offered online! If you're pursuing a CGB or CGR designation, take your respective assessment prior to registering for an IBS pre-show course. Results will be ready 48 hours after you finished your assessment. Register for BAR or PREP today! 

HBI Designations

Residential Construction Superintendent (RCS) Designation coursework enhances the knowledge and skills of home building or remodeling site field professionals. Students who successfully complete the eight RCS Designation courses will have the foundational knowledge of a job-ready superintendent, from project management and working with trade contractors to planning, scheduling and customer relations.

  • Original RCS Designation
  • Advanced RCS Designation
  • RCS specialty concentrations in log and timber home building and concrete technologies

Get more details about the RCS designation

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