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IDC, APDIQ and CIDQ contribute funds to translate interior design qualifying exam into French

Published by Sarah Bradbury, December 05, 2014.

IDC, the Association Professionelle des designers d’intérieur du Quebec (APDIQ), and the Council for Interior Design Qualification (CIDQ), are pleased to announce that they have each contributed funds to translate the NCIDQ Examination – North America’s qualifying exam for interior design – to make it fully bilingual. The first French NCIDQ Examination will be offered in the fall of 2015.

“We couldn’t be more pleased that the NCIDQ Exam will once again be translated into French,” says IDC president, Denis Chouinard. The NCIDQ Exam was previously translated into French, but stopped due to a lack of funding. “The next generation of interior designers will now have the opportunity to take the exam in either of Canada’s official languages.”

The NCIDQ Certification is an important marker for identifying interior designers who have met the minimum standards for professional practice. It’s also a formal way of ensuring individuals are qualified with to knowledge and skills necessary to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public. Successful completion of the NCIDQ Examination is required for full-status membership by all of IDC’s nine provincial interior design associations.

“We’re thrilled that the exam will be more inclusive of Canada’s population,” adds Chouinard. “IDC has more than 50 Intern members who will be eligible to take the exam in 2015.”

To take the NCIDQ Exam, you must possess a combination of qualified interior design education and professional interior design experience as required by the provincial regulatory associations and CIDQ.

The NCIDQ Exam is administered in three parts twice annually, and can be taken concurrently or in stages. CIDQ conducts a job analysis survey regularly and uses the information gathered to update the examination based on current practice standards.

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