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NCIDQ Eliminates Deferral, Reactivation Fees for Exam Candidates
NCIDQ&A 11 years ago No Comments

The National Council for Interior Design Qualification, Inc. [NCIDQ] has discontinued its deferral and reactivation fees for exam candidates, effective with the spring 2012 exam administration. These fees had been required to maintain a candidate’s active eligibility status from one administration to the next or to reinstate an inactive exam status. Previously, those who did not wish to take the exam in the current administration had to defer their eligibility to the next administration and pay a $40 fee each time they deferred. If they did not defer, their account became inactive, and a $75 reactivation fee was applied to bring it back into compliance.

Now, all candidates who have been made eligible to take the NCIDQ Examination will be considered active candidates. Candidates will retain this active status regardless of whether they register for or take any exam sections. All eligible candidates will receive e-mail notifications about upcoming registration deadlines and other important exam-related information that had previously been sent exclusively to those with an active status.

“We want to stay in touch with our candidate population,” explains NCIDQ Executive Director Jeffrey F. Kenney. “These communications are increasingly important since NCIDQ now has a five-year window in which a person must complete all three sections of the NCIDQ Examination. We want to ensure that everyone gets the information he or she needs to earn the respected NCIDQ Certificate.”

Candidates who took at least one section of the exam prior to 2010 must pass all three sections by December 31, 2014. After that date, NCIDQ will void any sections passed more than five years earlier, and candidates must retake those sections and complete the exam within a new five-year window.

Candidates who begin testing for the first time starting in 2010 or later must complete all sections of the exam within a five-year window. After five years, NCIDQ will void any sections passed more than five years earlier and the candidate must retake those sections and complete the exam within a new five-year window.

In order to receive the notices, exam candidates must have a correct email address listed in their MyNCIDQ account. NCIDQ recommends anyone in the exam process check their contact information in their account promptly by logging in from the link at the top of the NCIDQ web site at Emails regarding the spring registration cycle will be sent before the end of the year.

About NCIDQ®
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