The National Council for Interior Design Qualification, Inc. [NCIDQ] has just announced an amnesty program for NCIDQ Certificate holders whose Certificate status is inactive. Individuals may reinstate their Certificate status for a flat fee of $90 through the end of this year. Before the amnesty program was enacted on March 7, 2011, inactive Certificate holders who wished to reinstate their active status would have been charged a $45 annual fee, a reinstatement fee, plus an additional $45 for each year they were inactive up to a $260 cap. The $90 amnesty fee represents considerable savings.
NCIDQ’s Certificate renewal program began in 1987 as an optional program for Certificate holders. Those who elect to support NCIDQ through Certificate renewal receive additional benefits such as newsletters and the option to participate on committees. Each year, participants in the renewal program complete their renewal and payment online through their personal MyNCIDQ account, accessed through NCIDQ’s Web site. The 2011 renewal fee is $45.
“The amnesty program provides a way for those who have not participated in the last few years or who became Certificate holders before this program was instituted to regain their active status at a nominal price,” explains NCIDQ President Patty Blaser. “Keeping your Certificate in an active status remains completely optional, but we hope that offering this limited-time amnesty will provide a new layer of professional benefits but reduce some of the financial burden in a challenging economy.”
One of the newest reasons to maintain an active Certificate is the online continuing education registry that is now free through MyNCIDQ. The online system provides the Certificate holder the flexibility to enter their courses upon completion and view and print their updated transcript instantly. Now, Certificate holders no longer have to wait for a course to be posted to their account or pay a per-course fee.
Certificate holders wishing to take advantage of the amnesty program can reinstate their Certificate by visiting ncidq.org and clicking on the “Sign in to MyNCIDQ” link at the top of the page. Every Certificate holder already has an account; please do not create a new account. If you don’t know your user name or password or are unsure how to access your account, please contact our Customer Service Team at (202) 721-0220 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.
NCIDQ® is an organization of regulatory boards and provincial associations in the United States and Canada whose core purpose is to protect the health, life safety and welfare of the public by establishing standards of competence in the practice of interior design. More information about the organization may be found at ncidq.org.