What is the NCIDQ?

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You may have heard of this four letter acronym before in the Interior Design Industry. The NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualification)
is the most recognized certification for Interior Designers. This is a three part exam that consists of the Interior Design Fundamentals Exam (IDFX), The Interior Design
Professional Exam (IDPX) and the Interior Design Practicum. Building systems, codes, construction standards, contract administration, design application, professional
practice, project coordination and egress are all examined in this test (With an understanding of these codes and standards, one can design more responsibly
considering all the aspects that affect Interior Design.)

Becoming a licensed Interior Designer is necessary for the future of our profession. This title tells prospective clients and collaborating professionals
that you know and understand the implications that Interior Design can have on the health, safety and welfare of the public. As a designer, we often are
referred to as “decorators” this term can be condescending given the vast knowledge that we have received from our education alone.

After graduating from Florida State University’s Interior Design department and working in the field for a few years, I figured it was time for the next big goal
in my life- taking the NCIDQ exam. After many construction site visits and more work experience, I feel more confident and prepared to take the exam.
I am so grateful to get to work alongside such knowledgeable and supportive co-workers. Jaclyn, who is already licensed, is great at guiding me with helpful tips and
facts to remember. I highly recommend this book if you are considering taking the exam as well as these flashcards.