I have been thinking about starting this blog for quite some time, and I am so excited the day has come. I just received the amazing news that I passed the NCIDQ (praise!) and I could not be more excited that the past two years of hard work and studying have finally paid off! These tests are no joke, but let me tell you - it is possible to pass these exams, and you can do it!
The NCIDQ is such an important accreditation & accomplishment for an Interior Designer's career, and I was so surprised at the lack of study material available. I honestly felt like half of the battle was determining what to study, and how to study it. I would love this blog to be a resource to share all of my tips & tricks that I used during my NCIDQ exam journey, so that you, too, can pass these tests! It's a hard test, but there is strength in numbers, people!
As a brief overview, the NCIDQ stands for the National Certification for Interior Designers, and is created by the CIDQ, the Council for Interior Design Qualification. It is comprised of three separate tests: the IDFX, IDPX, and the Practicum (Stay tuned for another post where I will get into all of the details of each exam). According to the CIDQ, the NCIDQ tests the "minimum competency in the full body of interior design knowledge". Let me just take a second point out that clearly the CIDQ and I have VERY different definitions of "minimum" ;) Now that we've gotten that out of the way, I will say that if you plan and prepare properly, you will have no issue passing the tests. It will definitely take hard work and time, but it is so worth it.
All of the knowledge I have gained thus far has helped my career immensely, and I am so looking forward to sharing what I have learned with everyone. I will be going over the basics: how to apply for the exam, how to create a successful & sustainable study plan, as well as getting into the details of each of the Practicum Exams, ADA/Building Codes, and much more. If you're in the Bay Area, and would like one-on-one tutoring, let's chat! Not in the Bay Area? Let's set up an online tutoring session! I can meet with you on a weekly or bi-weekly basis, and give you step-by-step instructions to solving each of the Practicum problems, as well as go over any questions you may have.
So, if you're seeking success, and want to pass the NCIDQ once and for all, stay tuned as I share my journey. I promise it is possible.