Studying for the Exams
and Tools to Help Prepare
STICK TO THE BASICS
Don’t over-think the questions or be distracted by the way something is done in a specific office. The purpose of the exam is to protect public health, safety and welfare by demonstrating certified interior designers are qualified and competent in those areas. There are no tricks or hidden agendas.
EXPERIENCE COUNTS A LOT
The NCIDQ Exam tests the application of facts as they relate to public health, safety and welfare. It is practice-based, so the best preparation is well-rounded experience in a diversity of practice areas.
As the author and administrator of the NCIDQ Exam, CIDQ does not teach the exam or offer advice on coursework to take in preparation for it. However, CIDQ does provide information on study groups, as a service to NCIDQ candidates, when such notices become available to CIDQ staff. Below, you can find a list of interior design association chapters who offer NCIDQ study sessions on a regular basis. CIDQ cannot validate the usefulness of such study groups, nor guarantee the availability of study groups in any specific region or time frame.
In addition, outside companies have developed study tools for the exams. CIDQ does not review or endorse any outside company's exam prep resources and is not responsible for content found in those materials. Outside test prep providers are not involved in any way with developing or scoring this exam.
TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE
EXAM BLUEPRINTS (CONTENT OUTLINES):
The Spring 2021 Practicum Exam Codes document below is a subset of the complete list of the 2018 IBC Chapters specific to Interior Design which can be found in the Practicum Exam Codes document. The Spring 2021 Practicum Exam codes serves as an example of the Building Code document that will be provided as part of the Case Studies utilized in future exams.
We will be posting an updated Codes document towards the end of August for the fall 2021 exam. That document will be based on the Case Studies and questions identified for that exam, but will not be a significant departure from the Spring 2021 Practicum Exam Codes.