NCIDQ is the globally recognized hallmark of a highly qualified interior designer.
The Value of NCIDQ Certification
NCIDQ Certification is the industry's recognized indicator of proficiency in interior design principles and a designer's commitment to the profession.
Professional interior designers who possess the NCIDQ Certification have distinguished themselves by demonstrating a specific set of core competencies, supported by verified work experience and a college degree. They have proven their expertise in understanding and applying current codes established to protect public health, safety and welfare. They are passionate about their profession and dedicated to its recognition and integrity.
The NCIDQ Examination is the broad-based exam for all interior designers and serves as the foundation from which to build for those moving into specialty design areas. NCIDQ Certification is required for the practice of many types of interior design in regulated jurisdictions throughout North America. Certification enables designers to easily validate their knowledge, experience and skill to employers and clients alike. Designers certified through the NCIDQ Examination gain wide industry visibility and recognition. They are members of a select but growing community—more than 30,000 strong—that offers the opportunity to network with other highly qualified industry experts.
NCIDQ Certification Earned Through Examination
To earn certification, qualified interior designers can apply to take the NCIDQ Examination. After CIDQ approves their eligibility, candidates register for each of the three sections of the exam and must pass each section within a specified time-frame.
The three separate sections of the NCIDQ Exam are:
The Fundamentals Exam (IDFX)
The Professional Exam (IDPX)
The Practicum Exam (PRAC).
All three sections focus entirely on public health, safety and welfare.