NCIDQ – Council for Interior Design Qualification
Professional interior designers who possess the NCIDQ Certification have distinguished themselves by demonstrating a specific set of core competencies, supported by verified work experience and a college degree. They have proven their expertise in understanding and applying current codes established to protect public health, safety and welfare. They are passionate about their profession and dedicated to its recognition and integrity.
The NCIDQ Examination is the broad-based exam for all interior designers and serves as the foundation from which to build for those moving into specialty design areas. The exam covers seven areas that capture the core competencies of interior design: building systems, codes, construction standards, contract administration, design application, professional practice and project coordination. Certification enables designers to easily validate their knowledge, experience and skill to employers and clients alike. In the state of Florida, this certification is required to work on commercial design projects.
CAPS – Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist
A Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist understands the unique needs of the older adult population and is knowledgeable about aging-in-place home modifications, common remodeling projects, and solutions to common barriers that people experience as they get older.
A Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist can:
- Recommend updates that will help a person live independently in his or her own home
- Work with an occupational therapist to develop a home modification or build plan based on the safety and functional needs of an individual or household
- Collaborate with a licensed contractor about building and design strategies and techniques for creating attractive, barrier-free living spaces
- Provide information about building codes and standards, useful products and resources, and the costs and time required for common remodeling projects