Well, now that I have found out that I have PASSED the IDFX and IDPX I thought I'd write the review on this book. I thought it was great, perfect for the test. I read it cover to cover and took notes to go back and review/ study before the test. Some of the questions on the tests seemed to come right from the book, which is exactly what I'd hoped. I rented this book instead of buying it.. which I am very glad I did. While it is all good knowledge.. it is what it says it is... a study guide for the test.. so I don't really feel the need to keep it as a reference book to use at work. There are a lot of things they cover in this book that I would have never thought to study for and don't use in my job like determining the rentable area of a building and other topics... so I definitely recommend! (Posted on 7/9/2015)
If you're considering The Interior Design Reference Manual, it's probably because you're considering getting an NCIDQ certification. It's carefully designed to map to the test, so for that end it's an indispensable tool.
But if you're considering certification, you're probably thinking about the value that will bring to you. Certainly preparing for the exam will give you something important - an understanding of the various domains of knowledge needed to be effective in interior design. It's important to have some working knowledge of a wide range of areas, as the work of a designer builds on and relies on the work of other specialties. The Interior Design Reference Manual gives you a good basic survey of a number of design and building areas, as well as areas more specific to interior design (such as lighting, finishes, woodworking). It's very useful to have a comprehensive presentation of the things you need to know.
The challenge will be to use that knowledge, so that you reinforce it and add to it. Otherwise, like so many other things you've learned in your life, you'll know it just long enough to take the test.
You might also be considering whether to seek certification in terms of the career impact and value it will bring. It's worth doing a little work to evaluate which of the certifications in Interior Design to pursue, if any, and what value they bring to your career. Be sure to talk to some practicing designers, and ask them what makes a good designer, and what they look for when they hire new designers or assistants. (Posted on 3/19/2015)