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National Council for Interior Design Qualification


Why Hire an NCIDQ Certified Interior Designer?

The right mix of specialists on a project can save you time and money—and reduce your liability as well.  Make sure you require the same level of competence from your interior designer as you do from the architectural, engineering and other building professionals on your team.

All NCIDQ Certificate holders have been educated, trained and examined to protect the public. NCIDQ is not a “pay to play” trade organization like ASID or IIDA.  When you hire an NCIDQ Certificate holder, you hire a professional with proven knowledge, experience and proficiency in the latest interior design principles and practices, contract documents and administration and decision-making skills.

Like the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, NCIDQ is composed of U.S. and Canadian regulatory boards— and we take our responsibility to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public seriously.  NCIDQ Certificate holders have earned a degree from a college or university in Interior Design and performed 3500 hours of work experience prior to passing a rigorous, two-day exam based on NCIDQ’s independent, comprehensive analysis of the profession and the daily practice of interior designers in a range of settings.

The NCIDQ Certificate meets the interior design profession’s legal and regulatory standards established by 29 U.S. states and Canadian provinces as well as Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. That means your greatest assurance of high qualifications is one with NCIDQ Certification.