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WHO IS INDUSTRY-LEADING AUTHOR DAVID KENT BALLAST ?

David Kent Ballast, FAIA, NCIDQ® Certificate No. 9425 is a licensed architect, certified interior designer, and PPI author. He owns
Architectural Research Consulting, a firm offering information and management services to architects, interior designers, and the
construction industry. His creation of the industry-leading Interior Design Reference Manual: Everything You Need to Know to Pass
the NCIDQ® Exam
and ARE Review Manual was driven by his experience working at a large design firm, where he witnessed the
challenges to interior design credibility resulting from widespread lack of certification.

Mr. Ballast taught interior construction and other courses at Arapahoe Community College for more than 20 years.
He has written several books specific to exam review and public safety in architecture and interior design.

Interior Design
Architecture

ACCORDING TO DAVID KENT BALLAST, THERE ARE SEVERAL
        REASONS TO PURSUE YOUR NCIDQ CERTIFICATION NOW:

  1. To practice interior design or use an official interior design title, successful completion of the NCIDQ Examination is required by more than half the U.S. states.
  2. Certification increases credibility and viability for projects that demand expertise in commercial construction, acoustics, lighting, and other design proficiencies.
  3. NCIDQ certification is required for professional membership in the major interior design organizations that can offer networking and other career benefits.
  4. You can start your certification today—even if you haven‘t completed your approved work experience.
  5. Certification differentiates you from decorators by showing your commitment to public health, safety, and welfare.

THE NCARB ARCHITECT REGISTRATION EXAM® (ARE) IS ADMINISTERED YEAR-ROUND.
IT CURRENTLY CONSISTS OF SEVEN DIVISIONS:

  • Building Design & Construction Systems
  • Building Systems
  • Construction Documents & Services
  • Programming, Planning & Practice
  • Schematic Design
  • Site Planning & Design
  • Structural Systems

The exam in each division (with one exception) contains multiple-choice, fill-in-the-blank, and check-all-that-apply questions, in addition to graphic vignettes. The exception
is the Schematic Design division, which contains only vignettes.

Click here to find books that will help you pass each section of the NCIDQ

THE NCIDQ EXAMINATIONS ARE
OFFERED ANNUALLY IN APRIL AND OCTOBER.

  1. Interior Design Fundamentals Exam (IDFX)
    This exam contains 100 multiple-choice questions that cover building systems, construction standards, and design application. You can apply to take the IDFX as soon as you have completed your formal interior design education—there is no need to complete your work experience before taking the IDFX.
  2. Interior Design Professional Exam (IDPX)
    This exam contains 150 multiple-choice questions that cover building systems, codes, professional practice, and project coordination. Acceptable work experience must be completed before you can apply to take the IDPX.
  3. Interior Design Practicum (PRAC)
    This full-day examination contains seven unique exercises on space planning, lighting design, egress, life safety, restroom (washroom) design, systems integration, and millwork.

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