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The final step to becoming an interior designer is examination. Interior designers are required to pass a qualifying exam just as lawyers, accountants, architects and medical professionals must.

The Council for Interior Design Qualification (CIDQ)is the recognized examination body throughout North America. The NCIDQ examinations test that an applicant has the knowledge and experience necessary to create interior spaces that are functional and safe. The NCIDQ examination consists of two multiple choice sections and a drawing practicum, all focused on health, safety and welfare. While interior designers must possess knowledge in many areas, such as accounting, human resources and aesthetics, the NCIDQ examination tests knowledge in only those areas that relate to health, safety and welfare.

In 2013, CIDQ deployed two new multiple choice exams – IDFX (Interior Design Fundamentals) and IDPX (Interior Design Professional Exam) – that will be delivered exclusively in a computer-based format.

Section 1 of the exam – IDFX (Interior Design Fundamentals Exam) - can be challenged before completion of supervised work experience. In fact, you are eligible to write it the day that you graduate. Sections 2 and 3 – IDPX (Interior Design Professional Exam) and PRAC (Interior Design Practicum) must be written after completing supervised work experience.

To learn more about the exam, visit the NCIDQ website.  


Successful completion of the qualifying examination is required for professional registration in all provincial interior design associations. It also provides you with access to the Title recognized by the government in that province, or in the case of Nova Scotia, full practice rights.

It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to become a fully qualified interior designer, but the reward is a fulfilling career in a profession that helps build the spaces where we live, work, and play.

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