What, Why and How to Prepare

What does it mean to be an Interior Designer? How do we distinguish ourselves as professionals in the industry? The one step towards a long and successful career is the passing 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.


NCIDQ Exam Prep

ASID is pleased to announce an association with Qpractice to provide online NCIDQ Prep courses. To find out more and receive an ASID member discount, visit the ASID NCIDQ Resources page. Note that you must login to access the special Qpractice link offering the member discount.


Minnesota information for exam applicants

If you are an interior designer residing in Minnesota and want to take the NCIDQ Exam, then it is crucial that you understand how to navigate the system. Furthermore, you need to understand how to take advantage of the significant benefit that ASID provides for in its Policies – namely, if you are an Allied Member advancing to Professional Member status by passing the NCIDQ Exam, then ASID will waive your first year of Professional Member dues, but only if you follow the appropriate procedures.

GO HERE to find out what those procedures are, as well as the steps involved in signing up to take the NCIDQ Exam in Minnesota.

About CIDQ and NCIDQ

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 rigorous NCIDQ Exam are assigned a unique NCIDQ Certification number that attests to their qualifications for employers, state regulators and the general public.