NCIDQ Exam Prep

What does it mean to be an interior designer?
How do we distinguish ourselves as professionals?

These are questions that every young professional asks themselves as they embark on what they hope will be a long and successful career. The answers to these questions can take many forms, but one sure step in the right direction is the passage of the NCIDQ Exam.

The NCIDQ Exam is a widely recognized trademark of professionalism in the interior design profession. It signifies that the individual who has met this challenge possesses the expertise and experience to serve their clients and protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public.

ASID has long recognized the key role that the NCIDQ Examination plays in design practitioners’ career plans. Passage of this rigorous test signifies the hallmark of professionalism in the interior design community and alerts the public to the expertise and experience of the designer who has met this challenge.

Visit the CIDQ Studying for Exams page for information on getting prepared for taking the exam.  The important dates for the exam are as follows:

  • Exam Applications Accepted – February 1 – July 31, 2021* 
  • Exam Payment and Scheduling – July 1 – September 30, 2021
  • Exam Administration – October 1 – October 31, 2021

* A complete and paid application must be received by the application deadline date (July 31) to be eligible for review for that exam administration.

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About CIDQ / The NCIDQ Exam

The Council for Interior Design Qualification (CIDQ) is the global leader in establishing standards of competence for interior design/interior architecture professionals.

CIDQ protects public health, safety, and welfare by identifying interior designers who have the knowledge and experience to create interior spaces that are not just aesthetically pleasing, but also functional and safe.

An independent, nonprofit organization of state and provincial credentialing bodies, CIDQ has issued professional certificates to competent interior design professionals since 1974. Interior designers who meet the eligibility requirements for education and experience and pass the NCIDQ Exam are assigned a unique NCIDQ Certification number that attests to their qualifications for employers, state regulators, and the general public.

Exam Prep Resources

ASID offers NCIDQ prep through QPractice for paying ASID members. In addition to prep courses, available materials include a exam study plan, online study group memberships and practice tests, and online practice tests. Resources can be found here: