National Council for Interior Design Qualification Exam (NCIDQ)

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Twice each year the National Council for Interior Design Qualification administers their NCIDQ Examination. This exam is designed specifically for those working in the interior design field who have taken a formal course of study on the topic and who have completed a supervised work period. Successful completion of the NCIDQ exam awards candidates with the well respected NCIDQ Certificate. The NCIDQ exam is comprised of three sections: Codes, Building Systems and Construction Standards Design Application, Project Coordination and Professional Practice Interior Design Practicum Sections 1 & 2 are each comprised of 150 multiple-choice questions within their respective subjects while section3, Interior Design Practicum, is a full day exam that consists of 7 individual exercises. Fees for the NCIDQ are substantial and include a $180 application fee, $275 for Section 1, $275 for Section 2 and $400 for Section 3. These fees must all be paid at the time of registration. The NCIDQ is offered throughout the country, but locations can change between testing periods so be sure to check for the closest option before registration. The exact location of your exam will not be revealed to you until you receive your Letter of Admission.

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It is important to note that the NCIDQ exam is continually updated with no two testing dates offering the exact same exam form. This test is meant to test interior designers in the areas of public health, life safety and welfare not on aesthetics.

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