Appellation Program Rules

APPLICATION FOR THE NCIDQ EXAM

All applicants to the NCIDQ Exam are held to the following standards and must meet the minimum requirements to earn their NCIDQ Certification.

    • Click here to see the NCIDQ Exam Eligibility Routes.
    • Click here to see the NCIDQ Exam Qualified Work Experience Requirements, which are applicable to all applicants who began working after January 1, 2008.
    • To be considered as a candidate to take the NCIDQ Exam, all applicants must complete all of the steps listed here.

TAKING THE NCIDQ EXAM

  • Click here for information about the development of the NCIDQ Exam.
  • For a complete listing of NCIDQ Exam fees, click here.
  • For a complete list of NCIDQ Exam content, click here.
  • For details about NCIDQ Exam grading processes, click here.
  • Click here to find study resources for the NCIDQ Exam.

    ONCE YOU HAVE EARNED THE NCIDQ CERTIFICATION

  • All NCIDQ Certification holders must be active in order to receive the appellation benefit. That means every 12 months, NCIDQ Certification holders must pay a $75* fee (*2016 fee schedule) to remain an Active NCIDQ Certification Holder and to receive benefits.
  • An Active NCIDQ Certification Holder may only use the appellation after agreeing to the Terms and Conditions (which also includes the Code of Ethics and the 0.6 CEU agreement) and providing their e-signature -- that is, their name typed into the box provided in the NCIDQ Appellation Agreement in the MyNCIDQ account.
  • CEUs must be tracked through the IDCEC system. CIDQ asks that certified designers meet a CEU minimum either set by a professional organization (ASID, IIDA, IDC), a regulated state, or the 0.6 CEU minimum set by CIDQ. To ensure compliance, CIDQ will conduct random audits of IDCEC accounts each year of those who signed the Appellation Agreement Form.
  • If at any time NCIDQ Certification holders don't renew their annual fee, they automatically lose the benefit of appellation until they pay their fees.