What is NCIDQ?

The National Council for Interior Design Qualification 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.

The core purpose of NCIDQ is to protect the health, life safety and welfare of the public by establishing standards of competence in the practice of interior design.

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

In addition to developing and administering the examination, NCIDQ provides research and expertise that informs state and provincial licensing laws and regulations for the interior design profession.

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Thinking about taking the NCIDQ exam?

If you plan to take the NCIDQ Exam in the next year, be sure to attend an IIDA Oregon Chapter NCIDQ Roundtable. Roundtables are free to members and are an opportunity to have a discussion with designers who recently took and passed the Exam. Sessions walk through the benefits of NCIDQ Certifications, steps for exam registration and preparation, and features a panel of designers who have earned their NCIDQ Certificate.

Recently passed the exam?

Members who have recently passed the NCIDQ are eligible to receive reimbursement for the cost of the exam through the IIDA Oregon Chapter Education Fund.

Members are also eligible to receive reimbursement from IIDA through the NCIDQ Tuition Reimbursement Fund.