Bundle: NCIDQ Professional Exam (IDPX Exam)

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Review with David Ballast's NCIDQ Interior Design Reference Manual, NCIDQ Professional Practice Questions and Mock Exam and NCIDQ® IDPX Flash Cards to complete your exam study. Take flash cards on-the-go for quick review of key concepts, and utilize the book for practice with in-depth exam-like problems. This bundle includes the new NCIDQ Professional Practice Questions and Mock Exam, the NCIDQ Interior Design Reference Manual, and NCIDQ® IDPX Flash Cards.

The NCIDQ Interior Design Reference Manual includes:

  • Complete coverage of content areas for all three sections of the NCIDQ Exam
  • Updated for the IBC 2018 changes included in the exam
  • Over 200 figures in SI and U.S. measurements to illustrate design details
  • Study guidelines, exam tips, and tables to support exam preparation
  • New for this edition - revised and updated content to increase exam specification coverage

NCIDQ Professional Practice Questions and Mock Exam includes:

  • Detailed solutions to every question to reinforce theory and application of exam concepts
  • 100 practice questions to reinforce the connection between relevant theory to exam-like problems
  • 175-question mock exam that is consistent with the level of difficulty, format, and content areas of the actual exam
  • New for this edition - updated to current IDPX exam specifications

NCIDQ® IDPX Flash Cards include:

  • Coverage of NCIDQ® exam content areas with cards that match up to NCIDQ® IDPX exam topics
  • Unique content specific to the NCIDQ® IDPX exam
  • Both question/answer formatting and answer/question formatting to help increase problem solving speed
  • Three binder rings to divide your cards and customize your self-study learning experience
eTextbook Access Benefits Include:

  • One year of access
  • Ability to download the entire eTextbook to multiple devices, so you can study even without internet access
  • An auto sync feature across all your devices for a seamless experience on or offline
  • Unique study tools such as highlighting in six different colors to tailor your study experience
  • Features like read aloud for complete hands-free review
Print Bundle: NCIDQ IDFX Exam
$399.00

Exam Details for the NCIDQ Exam

NCIDQ certification is the industry's recognized indicator of proficiency in interior design principles and a designer's commitment to the profession. To earn certification, qualified interior designers can apply to take the NCIDQ Examination. After CIDQ approves their eligibility, candidates register for each of the three sections of the exam and must pass each section within a specified time-frame. The exam is continually updated to ensure it aligns with the most current professional knowledge necessary to design spaces that are innovative, functional, and safe. The three separate sections of the NCIDQ Exam are: the Interior Design Fundamentals Exam (IDFX), the Interior Design Professional Exam (IDPX), and the Interior Design Practicum Exam (PRAC).

FAQs

The Council for Interior Design Qualification (CIDQ) administers the NCIDQ Exam. CIDQ, which is composed of regulatory boards from across the United States and Canada, takes seriously its responsibility to protect the public. Accordingly, CIDQ specific education and work experience requirements exist to be eligible to sit for the NCIDQ Examination. You must have official education transcripts must include a minimum of 60 semester or 90 quarter credit hours of post-secondary interior design coursework that encompasses a certificate, degree, or diploma from an accredited institution to be eligible. Plus you must have 'experience'; Which is: up to 1,760 hours of interior design work experience, earned prior to graduation. Regardless, CIDQ also warns that meeting CIDQ's education and work experience requirements does not guarantee that a candidate will meet their jurisdiction's requirements to be a licensed  interior designer. Individuals are reminded to check with their jurisdiction regarding those specific requirements.
The Interior Design Fundamentals Exam (IDFX), Interior Design Professional Exam (IDPX), and the Interior Design Practicum Exam (PRAC) exams are scored by computer.  Scores are reported on a scale ranging from 200 (0 correct) to 800 (all correct), with the passing point anchored at 500. Results for each exam are processed within 6-8 weeks of the close of the window. Candidates who sat for the exam will receive an email notification once the score has been processed and is available to view in MyNCIDQ. CIDQ takes this time to guarantee that all scores are fair and accurate.

In collaboration with interior designer practitioners, educators, and testing professionals, CIDQ has set a passing point (or cut score) for each NCIDQ Exam. Meeting the passing standard for all three exam sections and achieving NCIDQ certification demonstrates that a candidate is competent to practice in a way that protects the health, safety, and welfare of the public.  The passing point does not change based on your location, the number of candidates taking the exam, or the performance of other candidates taking the exam.

Please look at this infographic by CIDQ for further information 

The Interior Design Fundamentals Exam (IDFX) covers eight distinct areas that capture the core competencies of interior design: 

  • Programming and Site Analysis
  • Relationship between Human Behavior and the Designed Environment
  • Design Communication Techniques
  • Life Safety and Universal Design
  • Interior Building Materials and Finishes
  • Technical Specifications for Furniture, Fixtures, and Equipment and Lighting
  • Construction Drawings, Schedules, and Specifications
  • Professional Development and Ethics

The Interior Design Professional Exam (IDPX) covers seven distinct areas that capture the core competencies of interior design: 

  • Project Assessment and Sustainability
  • Project Process, Roles, and Coordination
  • Professional Business Practices
  • Code Requirements, Laws, Standards, and Regulations
  • Integration with Building Systems and Construction
  • Integration of Furniture, Fixtures, & Equipment
  • Contract Administration

The Interior Design Practicum Exam (PRAC) covers four distinct areas that capture the core competencies of interior design: 

  • Programming, Planning, and Analysis
  • Code Requirements, Laws, Standards, and Regulations
  • Integration with Building Systems and Construction
  • Contract Documents
For more detailed information on topics for this divisional exam, please visit the CIDQ website.
The NCIDQ exam is administered by the Council for Interior Design Qualification (CIDQ) - the certifying organization for interior design professionals.

The NCIDQ exam is divided into three sections:

  • Interior Design Fundamentals Exam (IDFX),
  • Interior Design Professional Exam (IDPX), 
  • Interior Design Practicum Exam (PRAC), 
all administered by computer and machine graded. All three exams are available to take throughout the entire months of April and October.

For more detailed information on topics for this exam section, please visit the CIDQ website.
NCIDQ Certification is the industry's recognized indicator of proficiency in interior design principles and a designer's commitment to the profession.

To become a certified interior designer in the United States, you’ll need to take the NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualification) exam. The NCIDQ is administered by the CIDQ, which stands for Council of Interior Design Qualification, and is currently the only nationally-recognized competency exam for interior design. Obtaining your NCIDQ Certification recognizes your proficiency in interior design principles and your commitment to the profession.

The NCIDQ ensures the safety and wellbeing of the public by requiring that design professionals are held to the highest standards in the industry. The content of the exam represents the foundational knowledge you need to be able to branch out into a specialty design area afterwards. The NCIDQ exam consists of three sections: the Fundamentals Exam (IDFX), the Professional Exam (IDPX), and the Practicum Exam (PRAC). Each section focuses on public health, safety and welfare.