Taking The NCIDQ Exam In Texas
If you are an interior designer residing in Texas and want to take the NCIDQ Exam, then it is crucial that you understand how to navigate the system. Furthermore, you need to understand how to take advantage of the significant benefit that ASID provides for in its Policies – namely, if you are an Allied Member advancing to Professional Member status by passing the NCIDQ Exam, then ASID will waive your first year of Professional Member dues, but only if you follow the appropriate procedures.
Read on to find out what those procedures are, as well as the steps involved in signing up to take the NCIDQ Exam in Texas. (Need help preparing for the exam? Consider signing up for in-person NCIDQ Exam Prep as offered through the Texas Chapter.)
Update: Additional Paths to Registration for Aspiring RIDs Coming
As per the July 2017 issue of TBAE’s Licensing News newsletter:
Before adjourning in late May, the 85th Texas Legislature passed SB 1932, which increases the number of paths to registration as a Texas Registered Interior Designer. For years, the only path to licensure as an RID for almost all aspirants has been to graduate from a program accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), earn the required experience, and pass the NCIDQ exam. As of September 1, 2017, any of the routes provided by CIDQ will qualify aspiring RIDs for registration. TBAE will amend its rules soon to align with the new laws passed this spring, so look for more information on this development in short order.
The First Step
As it will shape your exam path, the first thing to do is to determine if you qualify to become a Registered Interior Designer [RID] in the state of Texas as per the guidelines set forth by the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners [TBAE], the multi-profession regulatory agency that oversees the examination, registration, and professional regulation of architects, interior designers, and landscape architects in the state of Texas. Find out the requirements for becoming a Texas RID through examination by going here.
- If you DO NOT qualify to become a Texas RID through examination, then you may still take the NCIDQ Exam if you meet CIDQ’s requirements. In this way, you can become an NCIDQ Certificate holder. If you fall under this category, then you can apply to take the NCIDQ Exam directly through CIDQ. GO TO SECTION 1 below for instructions.
- If you DO qualify to become a Texas RID through examination and want to do so, then you must sign up to take the NCIDQ Exam by going through TBAE’s application process. GO TO SECTION 2 below for instructions.
For those who DO NOT qualify to become RIDs in the state of Texas through examination as per TBAE guidelines:
1) Go here to see if you meet NCIDQ’s exam application requirements.
2) If you do meet NCIDQ’s exam application requirements, then follow NCIDQ’s application instructions.
3) Once you go through NCIDQ’s process and pass all sections of the NCIDQ Exam, then NCIDQ will provide you with an NCIDQ Certificate Number.
4) ATTENTION ASID MEMBERS: As per ASID’s policy, if you are advancing to Professional Member status from Allied Member status, then ASID will waive your first year of Professional Member dues, but ONLY if you contact ASID Headquarters* (in Washington, D.C.), notifying them of passage within one (1) year. Therefore, when you receive your NCIDQ Certificate Number from NCIDQ, contact ASID Headquarters* immediately and provide it to them.
For those who DO qualify to become RIDs in the state of Texas through examination as per TBAE guidelines:
1) Go here to access the application and other important information.
2) Follow TBAE’s application instructions. Important to understand: The exam application is through TBAE, but registration for individual sections of the exam is through NCIDQ. You will have a control number and an electronic record with NCIDQ, but TBAE sets up your record in NCIDQ’s data system. Know that if there is an error in your e-mail address or if you change your e-mail address, then you will miss out on important announcements when it is time to register for individual sections of the exam.
3) Once you go through TBAE’s process and pass all sections of the NCIDQ Exam, then TBAE will notify you directly that you have passed. If you have accumulated the required amount of experience hours set forth by TBAE, then they will provide you with a Texas RID Number. If you have not accumulated the required amount of experience hours set forth by TBAE, then they will not provide you with a Texas RID Number until you have completed those hours. Important to understand: A Texas RID Number is NOT the same thing as an NCIDQ Certificate Number. You must take extra steps** to secure your NCIDQ Certificate Number.
4) ATTENTION ASID MEMBERS: As per ASID’s policy, if you are advancing to Professional Member status from Allied Member status, then ASID will waive your first year of Professional Member dues, but ONLY if you contact ASID Headquarters* (in Washington, D.C.), notifying them of passage within one (1) year. New policies approved by the Society’s Board in September 2009 allow for you to present EITHER your NCIDQ Certificate Number OR official proof of passage of the NCIDQ Exam, which means that the letter from TBAE notifying you that you passed the exam will qualify. This option is especially important if you took the exam after only six months’ approved experience because chances are good that you will not receive your NCIDQ Certificate Number in time to notify ASID Headquarters to qualify for the dues waiver. Why? Because NCIDQ will not award you your NCIDQ Certificate Number until you have accumulated 3,520 hours of qualified interior design experience.
*We recommend that you call (202-546-3480) AND email them (firstname.lastname@example.org) as a backup. Be sure to have your ASID member number ready.
**TBAE only shares a minimum amount of information with NCIDQ during the TBAE application process. In other words, TBAE does NOT pass along information to NCIDQ regarding proof of your education or experience. Therefore, you MUST ALSO apply to NCIDQ and follow their application instructions. Go here to access them.
Why do this?
So that you can provide NCIDQ with the appropriate information – i.e., original documents: transcripts, experience verification forms and reference letters – that will allow them to award you your NCIDQ Certificate Number after you pass the exam and accrue the required amount of experience.
When should you apply to CIDQ?
Wait until you have received notice from TBAE that you have passed the exam in its entirety. Then evaluate if you have accumulated the 3,520 hours of qualified interior design experience that CIDQ requires. If you have met your experience requirement, then you should apply to CIDQ.
If you have not met your experience requirement, then we recommend that you wait to apply to CIDQ because CIDQ will not approve the application, and you will not receive a refund for the application fee, which is the cost of having them review your application. Plus, CIDQ only holds incomplete applications for a year before they are destroyed, so applying before your accrue your experience hours could cause you to have to start your application all over again, meaning that you would again have to request original transcripts, experience verification forms and reference letters for CIDQ’s application.