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5 Steps to Becoming an Interior Designer

5 Steps to Becoming an Interior Designer


Step Four: Get NCIDQ Certified

Like we mentioned earlier, before you become an interior designer you must pass the NCIDQ exam. It’s a licensing requirement and must be completed in order to work in many states and jurisdictions. But don’t get anxious or worry that you won’t pass — by the time you take the test you will have had plenty of education and work experience. Why? To be eligible to take the exam, applicants must have at least six years of combined education and experience in interior design, of which at least two years must be postsecondary education.

This being said, knowing which subjects you’ll be tested on will help reduce some exam-related nervousness. Here’s a good idea of what you’ll see:

• Programming • Schematic Design • Design Development • Contract Documents • Contract Administration • Professional Practice

The nature of the test.

The two-day exam (offered twice a year — once in the spring and once in the fall) is 300 multiple-choice questions, split into two sections. The first two sections are completed on the first day and the third and final section is competed on the second day and is comprised of a practicum wherein you’ll be asked to demonstrate your knowledge by solving an interior design dilemma.

Optional certifications in residential kitchen and bath design are available from the National Kitchen and Bath Association. The association offers several different levels of certification for kitchen and bath designers, each achieved through training seminars and certification exams.

Step Five: Know Your Client to Get the Job →

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