On February 11, the Interior Design Coalition of Indiana (IDCI) hosted a zoom panel of speakers and presenters who discussed the importance of the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) exam. In attendance were representatives from CIDQ, IIDA Indiana, and Indiana ASID, as well as several interior design business owners who discussed the importance of passing the exam. Designers who recently passed the exam were also part of the discussion, and shared their experiences taking the most recent format of the test, as well as the recognition it has gained them among their employers and peers, as well as their clients and the community at large.
On behalf of our chapter, Past-President Emily McLaughlin spoke about the benefits of passing the exam and becoming a registered designer in the state of Indiana. She shared ASID's stance...that it is more important than ever for interior designers to distinguish themselves by demonstrating specific competencies, such as those proven by passing the NCIDQ exam. ASID also believes that certification gives the interior designer a sense of personal achievement, contributes to professional recognition, and helps provide prospective clients with the peace of mind that their projects are being completed with health, safety, and wellness standards in mind. Financially speaking, those ASID members who are studying for the exam are extended special pricing on study materials, and those allied members who go on to successfully pass the exam receive one year of free professional membership dues, which is a significant value.