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 NCIDQ Certificate Renewal

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  • Use the NCIDQ appellation to display your professionalism, expertise, and commitment

    • Examples of how to use the NCIDQ appellation:

              John Smith, ARIDO, IDC, NCIDQ         

             Amy Smith, FASID, NCIDQ, LEED AP   

  • Represent your skills with a NEW NCIDQ digital badge

  • Be included in a searchable public directory of NCIDQ Certified Interior Designers available to prospective clients

  • Have your verified information provided to any regulatory board you wish

  • Be eligible for CIDQ leadership opportunities

  • Legally practice interior design in many of the jurisdictions throughout the US and Canada

  • Support the ongoing development and integrity of the NCIDQ Examination

  • Promote the respected NCIDQ Certification that distinguishes you as a highly qualified interior designer


  • Launch remote proctoring, providing candidates the option of taking the IDFX and IDPX exams in a convenient location.

  • Educate the public and legislators about the health, safety, and welfare impact of interior design and the importance of the NCIDQ Exam.

  • Develop new tools and resources (like videos, infographics, and collateral material) that better explain the nature, value, and importance of the NCIDQ Exam and the interior design profession.

  • Create a comprehensive candidate handbook with all one needs to know and understand while on their NCIDQ journey.

  • Participate in dialogues within and beyond the interior design and credentialing community that support licensure and the legal recognition of the profession for certification and model legislation, as well as the public’s benefit.

  • Refine the graphic standards of the exam, improve the image quality of exhibits, and accelerate our capacity for developing Practicum case studies.

  • Create an online portal through which active certificate holders’ exam results, educational transcripts, and documented work experience are accessible to member boards.

  • Complete a Practice Analysis to identify current knowledge and skills that define a competent professional in interior design.

  • Conduct an item bank audit that provided insight, and allows us to continue to build and strengthen the exams.

  • Offer the NCIDQ Exam globally on an annual basis.

  • Provide candidates with immediate preliminary scoring for the IDFX and IDPX exams rather than waiting 6-8 weeks for results.


  • To remain “ACTIVE”, an individual’s NCIDQ Certificate must be renewed annually.

  • Renewal payments are due annually in APRIL or OCTOBER depending upon the holder’s expiration date.  

  • Late renewal payments cannot be prorated; the full annual renewal amount is required to be paid, regardless of month paid. 

  • Renewals made after the 30-day grace period are subject to an added reinstatement fee of $75.

  • Certificate holders whose status has become inactive due to a lapse in renewal will lose benefits and are required to pay a reinstatement fee along with the annual renewal fee to reactivate their status.

  • Renewal notifications are sent to the current email address listed in a certificate holder's MyNCIDQ account

  • CIDQ is not responsible for misdirected or unopened email. To ensure receipt of these important notifications, CIDQ recommends using a personal email address to which the NCIDQ certificate holder will have consistent access and on which the certificate holder can manage filters and permissions for email delivery.


  • Pay the Annual Certificate Renewal fee to remain active, agreeing to the NCIDQ Appellation Agreement's Terms and Conditions, which include the Code of Ethics and the 0.6 continuing education hours, which is equal to 6 hours, (every 2 years) agreement. SEE NEW CONTINUIING EDUCATION REQUIREMENT BELOW - EFFECTIVE APRIL 1, 2024.

  • Failure to pay annual certificate renewal fee will result in no longer being able to use the NCIDQ appellation; no longer being included in the searchable public directory; and no longer having your verified information provided to regulatory boards. Reinstatement to active status will require paying a reinstatement fee.

  • NCIDQ Certificate holders must meet continuing education minimums set by CIDQ (0.6 continuing education hours, which is equal to 6 hours, every 2 years), a professional organization (ASID, IIDA, IDC) or a regulated jurisdiction. Continuing education hours may be tracked through IDCEC. To ensure compliance, CIDQ reserves the right to conduct random audits of IDCEC accounts each year.


CIDQ will align continuing education hour requirements with our annual renewal cycle (April or October) and the new requirements are:

  • For active NCIDQ Certificate holders - licensed, certified, or registered in a regulated state/province, NOTHING CHANGES. As is the case currently, you must meet the Continuing Education requirements of your state/provincial regulatory body.


  • Certificate holders who are not registered with a state or provincial regulatory board, and/or who live in an unregulated jurisdiction must complete 5 hours of approved Health, Safety, Welfare focused Continuing Education every year* and attest to this at the time of annual renewal to remain active.

*CIDQ may conduct random audits to verify continuing education hour requirements


Need a Replacement or Additional NCIDQ Certificate? 

Log in to your MyNCIDQ account.

Click Applications, then Renewal Applications.

At the bottom of the page you will see NCIDQ Replacement Certificate.

Order your replacement certificate for $35.

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