Texas NCDDIQ EXAM Application Process
In Texas, the NCIDQ exam application and registration process is a little different. It can be confusing for those interested in
taking the exam, so here is a summary of the process.
• In Texas, candidates are required to apply for the exam through the state licensing board, Texas Board of Architectural
Examiners (TBAE). You will submit an application form, employment verification form, and application fee to TBAE. These
materials can be found at www.tbae.state.tx.us.
• TBAE will evaluate your application to confirm whether all requirements have been met.
• TBAE will contact you as to whether or not you are qualified to take the exam.
• TBAE sends your information to NCIDQ.
• NCIDQ reviews your information and contacts you telling you that you are eligible to register for the exam. This will typically
be done 2-3 months before the exam. (Here, you will basically be telling them that yes you are taking all 3 parts of the exam
and will be required to pay the $900.)
• NCIDQ will send you a confirmation email.
• NO LATER THAN 2 WEEKS BEFORE THE EXAM, NCIDQ will email you instructions on how to access your admissions letter
which will contain information on location, directions, and other exam information.
• Take the exam!
• Once you have successfully completed all 3 sections of the exam, TBAE will notify you and provide you with instructions on
registering with them. Yes, you will have to fill out another form and pay a registration fee. (Note, this is not the same as the
application fee you first sent to them.) This fee and form will allow TBAE to assign you an official Texas Registration number,
and you are officially a Registered Interior Designer in Texas!
• At this time, you can now also apply to NCIDQ to receive an NCIDQ Certificate number. You will have to fill out the NCIDQ
application and payment. These materials can be found at www.ncidq.org. You don’t technically have to complete this step in
the state of Texas, however, many people still wish to do so. That way, if you ever move to a different state, you will still have
your NCIDQ certificate, since your Texas certificate will no longer apply since you would not be practicing in Texas. We highly
recommend taking this step.
• The deadline to apply with TBAE for the Spring Exam is always December 1.
• The deadline to apply with TBAE for the Fall Exam is always June 1.
If you have already been approved as an exam candidate by TBAE, you do not need to reapply each time you wish to retake the
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Study course ncdiq
Looking for a study course and materials to help you conquer the NCIDQ? Well we are here to help! The IIDA Texas Oklahoma Chapter offers a 9-week Chapter wide NCIDQ Study Course to include Onsite Class Access in two of our City Centers and Online Access for study materials to all our members in each of our eight City Centers. These classes and study materials, through practice tests, homework and additional resources, will help participants prepare for all three sections of the exam. These classes will begin in July and January to coincide with each exam.
Registration for the NCIDQ Study Course for the spring 2019 exam will open for registration will open Thursday, January 3rd. The class will be offered in Houston and Dallas and a one day class in Tulsa and San Antonio.
For all general inquiries, questions or concerns, please contact the IIDA TX OK Chapter Administrator, Megan Romboletti | firstname.lastname@example.org
The NCIDQ exam is the internationally accepted test for qualifying Interior Designers and is recognized by IIDA as a requirement for professional membership. It is also recognized by states, including Texas, that have passed design registration acts as part of the license and registration requirement. NCIDQ test dates are offered every Spring and Fall, typically in April and October.
Thanks to NCIDQ there is now a webpage that will help you explain just what you do to your friends and family. It is a model floor plan that by zooming in and clicking on one of the numbers, will tell you the applicable building codes that an Interior Designer would use in that location of the building. It is a great educational tool for students, the public, our legislators and even our families who do not understand what Interior Designers do! Please take a moment to share it with your friends and family!