One of the most important recognized certifications in our industry is issued by the Monument Builders of North America organization. This certification is known as “CM”, or Certified Memorialist.

A CM designation is the mark of distinction offered only to those individuals who pursue excellence in their field and have reached the highest professional level that can be reached in the monument industry today. This prestigious designation is awarded after hours of arduous exams that cover the history, technology and techniques of the memorial industry.

To remain certified, an individual must accumulate professional credits every three years and submit to a written exam. Professional credits are earned through national and local participation and activity in a broad range of fields recognized as indicative of professional interest and achievement in the memorial industry.

Birkmeier & Sons is fortunate to have on staff, the only Certified Memorialist in Fort Wayne and one of only two in the entire State of Indiana. Less than 150 memorialists nationwide currently hold this certification.



Monument Builders of North America is the largest international association of person and firms in the memorial industry. Celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2006, the Association has seen many changes during the past century, however, the leadership has never ventured far from the core purpose of branding memorialization and the independent monument builders.

The Association is committed to remaining in the forefront of the industry, continuing to serve members for the betterment of their customers and to safeguard the consumer.