What did it mean to you to pass the NCIDQ Exam?
When I graduated from college – I didn’t know as much as I thought I did.
Finding out that you had to climb the corporate ladder to get any recognition as a competent designer wasn’t too appealing to me either.
That’s why passing the NCIDQ Exam was very important to me – I could prove my knowledge.
It was the only nationally recognized test, and definitely not something that was easy to pass. You had to earn it, which appealed to me.
I studied really hard for the test. My daughter had just been born, and that made it all that more difficult to study. Looking back, I wish there were more study resources or help. They were limited, which made the test much more difficult. Finding information about the test was like going on a scavenger hunt.
After I passed the exam, I was so relieved. It was a boost in confidence I had earned. Not everyone passes the test, and that made it that much sweeter. To earn a certification like this has been one of the things that set me apart from others in my field.
Unlike memberships to design societies that can be purchased with minimal requirements, my NCIDQ certification is one that I will work to maintain for life.
Alycia passed the NCIDQ Exam in 2006, and is a Certified Interior Designer in California.