NCIDQ Clarifies Exam Eligibility

Sept. 2, 2009

WASHINGTON – The National Council for Interior Design Qualification Inc. (NCIDQ) has clarified the eligibility requirements for interior designers who have an accredited degree in architecture who wish to qualify to take the NCIDQ Examination and earn the NCIDQ Certificate credential.

“We know from surveys and anecdotal evidence that many people graduate from architecture school but gravitate toward interior design as they progress through their career,” says Jeffrey Kenney NCIDQ executive director. “NCIDQ has seen an increasing number of inquiries from interior designers who have an architectural education who wanted to take the NCIDQ Exam but were unsure if they would meet the qualifications. For those applicants with architectural degrees from accredited programs, we now have a more well-defined route.”

The new route addresses those interior designers who have a Bachelor or Master of Architecture degree (B.Arch or M.Arch) from a program accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) or Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB). With an accredited degree and a total of 5,280 hours (approximately three years) of qualified interior design work experience after graduation, these interior designers would be eligible to take the NCIDQ Examination and earn the highly respected NCIDQ Certificate.

The spring 2010 examination will be given April 9-10 in more than 60 locations in the United States and Canada. The application deadline is December 1, 2009. Applications are accepted at any time before this deadline. Complete information regarding eligibility and application information may be found at

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