Who Qualifies for Certification, in the U.S. and Abroad?

The Council for Interior Design Qualification, Inc. (CIDQ) exists to credential interior designers who have met minimum education and experience requirements and who have passed the NCIDQ Exam.

In 2009 the CIDQ Board of Directors adopted a policy that allows you to apply for certification if you have earned an accredited degree in architecture from either the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) or the Canadian Architectural Certification  Board (CACB). This policy is intended to allow architects who have migrated into interior design the opportunity to take the NCIDQ Exam to qualify for certification.

Candidates who have architectural educations that are not NAAB- or CACB-accredited but who hold the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) Certificate and have had their education evaluated by the Educational Evaluation Service for Architects (EESA) also quality to sit for the exam and to be certified if they pass. These candidates must present evidence that they have earned both the NCARB Certificate, and a copy of their EESA Evaluation.

NOTE: This does not mean that applicants for the NCIDQ Certification can apply directly to NAAB to have an EESA evaluation completed. The EESA program is managed by the NAAB on behalf of NCARB – not NCIDQ. NCIDQ has no control over, or input into, this evaluation program.

Interior Design education (degree, diploma, or certificate) or a BA/BS (minimum) in Architecture earned from abroad can qualify for the exam. Transcripts must be translated and evaluated by an education evaluator like World Education Services and can be eligible if the evaluation matches one of the education requirements listed here.

If you earned a BA/BS (minimum) in Architecture from overseas, this may also qualify for the exam.Transcripts must be translated and evaluated by an education evaluator like World Education Services and can be eligible if the evaluation matches one of the education requirements listed here.

At this time, we are not considering candidates for possible certification who have other related degrees in the United States, Canada and abroad, including those with U.S. or Canadian degrees in architectural engineering, 4-year pre-professional degrees in architecture, or associate degrees in architectural technology While this policy does prevent some applicants from being eligible for NCIDQ Certification, the Board does not currently have the expertise to evaluate every type of architecture degree and its applicability to interior design practice, nor are we affiliated with such organizations.