NCIDQ Updates

POSTED 02/01/13: Always visit the NCIDQ website for full information, but a summary of changes has been included on this page.


There will continue to be three sections of the NCIDQ Exam. Candidates must pass all three in order to be issued the NCIDQ Certificate. The three sections are:

• IDFX – Interior Design Fundamentals Exam (computer-delivered)
• IDPX – Interior Design Professional Exam (computer-delivered)
• PRAC – Practicum Examination (paper-and-pencil delivered)
• For information on the content of these sections click here.

· The Practicum exam will continue to be administered in paper-and-pencil format at approximately 55 locations in the U.S. and Canada.

· The new multiple-choice exams (IDFX and IDPX) will be administered on computer at one of more than 300 test centers in the U.S. and Canada operated by Prometric. In January 2013 a web page unique to NCIDQ will be available on the Prometric website that identifies the test center locations.

· Applicants for the NCIDQ Certificate who have met the educational requirements of any of the six routes can apply for admission to IDFX, regardless of their work experience.

· Applicants for the NCIDQ Certificate who have met the educational and experience requirements of any of the six routes can apply for admission to all three sections of the exam.

· For dates and deadlines related to the exam in 2013, please GO HERE.

· Candidates can order study materials for the exam from NCIDQ. New practice exams for IDFX and IDPX will be available approximately February 1, 2013. Information on NCIDQ’s study materials can be found HERE.

· Candidates who failed either Section 1 or Section 2, that was offered in 2010, 2011 and 2012, must complete the other section in 2013 or lose credit for the exam section they passed. NCIDQ will offer these sections of the exam in the spring and fall of 2013 for the last time.

· Candidates who failed or never attempted both Sections 1 and 2 will not be allowed to attempt these sections in 2013. They will take the two new multiple-choice tests: IDFX and IDPX.

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