Certified Memorialists & Their Value to Consumers

Everybody knows that MD following an individual’s name means that person is a medical doctor.  And CPA signifies the individual has met standards and fulfilled requirements to be a Certified Public Accountant.  Ask a certified professional “why?” and they’ll tell you that the certification process is one of the single most important steps you can take in career development.  Like many associations, MBNA utilizes professional certification to recognize individuals for their dedication to their chosen career and their ability to perform to set standards, by bestowing on those individuals who qualify the Certified Memorialist® designation. 

Certification demonstrates commitment to the profession.  Receiving certification shows the commitment to their chosen career and their ability to perform to set standards.  Since university degrees can no longer represent the full measure of professional knowledge and competence in today’s evolving job market, certification sets the Monument Builder apart.

A Certified Memorialist® has undergone extensive training and testing to be sure they can assist you in creating a headstone or grave marker. Not only that, but in order to maintain their certification, they must participate in continuing education opportunities and be retested every three years.

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It's difficult to imagine the incredible amount of work that goes into creating a memorial. This video shows brief scenes from several steps of the process.

Stone is polished by hours of work by a skilled craftsman. There is no "coating" that is applied. The beautiful, nearly permanent shine on memorials is created by a series of diamond impregnated pads, water, and a skilled craftsman. If the polishing process is done incorrectly, the stone can overheat causing the stone surface to prematurely crumble.

A grave marker is one of the only pieces of artwork that an average family will ever buy. These hand-made tributes to the life of a loved one serve many important purposes for a grieving family, but they are also an important permanent record that will tell an individual's story to the generations that follow.

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