NCIDQ Exam Content – Practicum

The Practicum Exam requires candidates to produce solutions to several design problems.You receive a series of unique exercises covering Space Planning, Lighting Design, Egress, Life Safety, Restroom [Washroom] Design, Systems Integration and Millwork Design. All candidates for a given test date receive the same exercises, which  require candidates to interpret a program into schematics, produce plan drawings and develop appropriate specifications and schedules. Work products must address codes and the principles of universal design.

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Practicum

CONTENT AREA WEIGHT

1. Knowledge of and skills in developing a design concept:

  • Programming
  • Design theory
10%
2. Knowledge of and skills in design communication methods and techniques:

  • Written design communication methods and techniques
  • Visual design communication methods and techniques
15%
3. Knowledge of and skills in measuring, drafting and technical drawing conventions:

  • Construction drawings and schedules
  • Architectural woodwork
  • Specifications
  • Lighting
30%
4. Knowledge of and skills in analyzing and synthesizing the programmatic information:

  • Theories about the relationship between human behavior and the designed environment
  • Building construction
  • Sustainable design practices
  • Building systems
  • Interior finishes and materials
30%
5. Knowledge of and skills in space planning:

  • Code requirements, laws, standards and regulations
  • Site analysis procedures
  • Furniture, fixtures and Equipment, including window treatments and textiles
15%