Just as there are qualifying exams for other professionals, such as architects, engineers, and lawyers, interior designers must pass the NCIDQ exam to become a fully qualified interior design professional. Passing the exam is also a requirement for Registered status with your provincial association. Along the way, you have completed your interior design education and gathered practical experience. Your training has helped prepare you for this final stage, you are now ready to write (and pass) the NCIDQ examination. NCIDQ maintains requirements for exam eligibility, recommending a minimum of six years of combined interior design education and work experience as preparation for the exam and ultimately, the workplace.
Qualification is a critical milestone for an interior designer. It proves that you have the knowledge and experience to create interior spaces that are not just aesthetically pleasing, but also safe and functional. In today's competitive workplace, NCIDQ certification gives you the leadership to stay on the cutting edge of the profession, it is the mark of professionalism. Today's client expects you to demonstrate this knowledge in your design. It's just not enough to simply understand the aesthetics of a space.
When you apply to your provincial association for Intern/Provisional member status, you are provided with a timeframe or deadline to write the exam. It's important to remain aware of these goals and note that NCIDQ offers two exam sittings each year, fall and spring. Writing the exam requires two steps: application and registration. NCIDQ uses your application to ensure you are eligible to write the exam. Within a few weeks of applying, you will receive an update on the status of your application. If it's accepted, you can register to take the exam. Your online application can be completed at ncidq.org, and requires supporting documents.
To help you prepare for writing the exam, IDC offers practice exam sessions in your province. Participation in a practice session is highly recommended, as it simulates and includes sample exercises that you will encounter in the actual examination. The exam is continually updated to ensure it aligns with expanding professional knowledge and tests aspects of the practice of interior design that affect the public health, life safety, and welfare. For more information on the NCIDQ exam, visit ncidq.org.