ABOUT STUDENT MEMBERSHIP
Take advantage of the powerful networking and educational opportunities the Association has to offer, and find the perfect outlet to express yourself – your creativity, your passion and your increasing knowledge of the industry. NKBA members represent the highest professional standard in the industry and achieve the greatest success. You owe it to yourself to join the finest professionals in the kitchen and bath industry.
Explore Your Options The NKBA offers a student membership to all those studying in the design and building fields. Students like you are the future of our industry and the Association wants to help make that future bright by providing the extra support needed to excel in this industry and be successful in your chosen career.
Extensive Career Prospects Gain access to opportunities to market yourself and obtain knowledge through attending local chapter meetings or the Kitchen/Bath Industry Show & Conference (K/BIS®), the world’s largest industry trade event. Chapter meetings offer a forum for education and networking to connect you with a rewarding position right out of college. Explore the Association’s web site which offers the only industry-specific listing of internships and full-time positions.
Expand Your Knowledge The NKBA offers courses in kitchen and bath design, sales and business management. The curriculum includes courses for those just beginning their careers, as well as subjects that intrigue even experienced professionals. Technical aids and educational manuals are also available. All these resources are offered at a discount to NKBA student members.
Become an Expert Obtaining an NKBA certification is a smart choice for professionals looking to excel. The NKBA offers several levels of certification in kitchen and bath design from Associate Kitchen & Bath Designer which can be reached in 2 years, to the truly exceptional Certified Master Kitchen & Bath Designer requiring a minimum of 12 years industry experience. These certifications set you apart. They give you increased credibility with potential employers and give consumers confidence when they’re deciding whom to hire for their kitchen or bath project. NKBA members are the only individuals who may hold these certifications and advertise their recognized expertise to the public.
Gain Exposure to Networking Certification isn’t the only opportunity to stand-out from the crowd when you’re looking to attract the attention of an employer. The NKBA offers a number of exceptional networking opportunities that include mentoring options, student and professional chapter meetings and internship prospects. By becoming a student member of the NKBA, you will gain exposure to a new level of opportunities.
Exceed Your Goals Choose to volunteer. By assisting the Association at the Kitchen/Bath Industry Show & Conference (K/BIS®), students earn free admission to the show floor and gain exposure to the newest products and services in the industry.
Tools to Excel
Design Competitions – Student designers may choose to participate in the annual NKBA Student Design Competition. This competition is open to all NKBA student members, and offers a great way to enhance your resume, gain publicity and win cash prizes. Winners of the NKBA Student Design Competition are featured in the Association’s Profiles Magazine – a quarterly member publication mailed out to more than 14,000 kitchen and bath professionals and NKBA student members. Additional student design competitions are held by NKBA chapters and NKBA member companies.
Scholarships – NKBA student members have the ability to apply for exclusive scholarship opportunities. These scholarships are made possible by member companies, associated publications and organizations as well as local NKBA chapters that sponsor scholarships, essay contests and design competitions each year.
Take the extra step toward ensuring your success by joining the finest professionals in the kitchen and bath industry. Choose to excel. Choose experience. Choose to make the NKBA your Association.