Professional examinations can be very intimidating. Especially a rigorous one like the NCIDQ Exam that requires a college degree [or equivalent], at least 2 years of full-time work experience, and 12 hours of testing. But professionals in the field of interior design should not let this be a deterrent.
The beauty of the NCIDQ Exam is that it is designed to set the standard of competency needed to successfully practice interior design and to effectively protect the health, safety and welfare of the public who utilize those interior spaces. In order to demystify some of the anxiety surrounding the exam, here are 5 things to know:
- What Is It?
The NCIDQ Exam is the leading examination for the field of interior design. Divided into three (3) sections, the exam is administered at different stages in one’s career progression. Each section of the exam assesses the knowledge and skills necessary for practice.
- Who Should Take It?
Qualified interior designers, committed to protecting the health, safety and welfare of the public, who have the knowledge and experience needed to create interior spaces that are not only aesthetically pleasing but also functional and safe.
- When to Apply?
Interior designers are able to start this journey once they complete their education, by sitting for the first section of the exam, the Interior Design Fundamentals Exam (IDFX). Then, after practicing in the field for the required amount of time, they are able to sit for the remaining two sections, the Interior Design Professional Exam (IDPX) and the Practicum Exam (PRAC).
- How to Prepare?
Take the NCIDQ Practice Exam which mirrors the major categories of each exam, allowing you to learn what categories you are strong in and where you need additional study. You can also form a study group to take advantage of the knowledge and resources of your peers. Lastly, ask for help from someone you know who successfully passed the NCIDQ Exam, and learn what tips or tricks may have worked for them.
- How It Helps Your Career?
Passing the NCIDQ Exam and becoming NCIDQ Certified sets you apart with employers, clients, and the public. In this dynamic and competitive field, it is crucial to have a way to demonstrate your competency in a valid and unbiased way. Earning the NCIDQ Certification opens the door to many new and exciting opportunities such as new job eligibility, higher pay and access to client projects that require an NCIDQ Certified designer.
Ultimately, the NCIDQ Exam is a symbol of professionalism and prestige within this industry. It demonstrates a commitment to upholding and promoting the highest level of professional standards in the field. For more details on the NCIDQ Exam, visit ncidqexam.org.
About the Author
Thom Banks, CAE FASID, is the Executive Director of the Council for Interior Design Qualification, Inc., and is responsible for the organizations’ overall strategic and operational leadership. Formerly vice president with ForrestPerkins, a leader in luxury hotel, resorts and multi-residential projects, Thom was also Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Executive Director of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) from 1998-2014.