Examen du NCIDQ

EXAMEN DU NCIDQ

Depuis le 1er janvier 2012, les nouveaux membres doivent réussir l’examen de reconnaissance des compétences NCIDQ pour pouvoir utiliser le titre de « Designer d’intérieur certifié APDIQ® ».

La norme nord-américaine qui permet de qualifier un designer d’intérieur comme professionnel est composée des  » 3 E « : Éducation, Expérience et Examen. Ceci totalise six (6) années d’études et d’expérience pour pouvoir être admissible aux trois sections de l’examen.

Cet examen de deux (2) jours couvre tous les aspects de la pratique du design d’intérieur qui affectent la santé publique, la sécurité et le bien-être des utilisateurs, en plus des tests de connaissance de la pratique professionnelle des affaires ainsi que la gestion de la construction.

Il n’est pas obligatoire de passer les trois sections en une seule fois.

Toute personne peut rester membre provisoire pendant cinq années durant lesquelles elle doit réussir l’examen NCIDQ. Au bout de cette période, toute personne, n’ayant pas passé ou réussi l’examen, verra son adhésion suspendue jusqu’à obtention de l’examen. La version française de l’examen NCIDQ sera disponible dès 2015.

S’INSCRIRE AU NCIDQ

L’inscription en ligne débute approximativement trois (3) mois avant la date du prochain examen (Janvier/février pour le printemps et Juillet/Août pour l’examen d’automne).

Une fois votre inscription approuvée, vous recevrez un courriel vous expliquant quand et comment vous enregistrer et le délai pour compléter votre enregistrement.

Assurez-vous que votre adresse courriel est à jour dans votre compte MyNCIDQ pour recevoir toutes les informations importantes. CIDQ n’est pas responsable pour les informations envoyées à la mauvaise adresse ou pour tout courriel non-lu.

Les pré-requis pour être admis à l’examen

Pour être admis à l’examen, votre cheminement doit suivre un de ceux inscrits ci-dessous.

Dans le cas où votre parcours n’était pas reconnu par le CIDQ, mais que vous êtes membre provisoire en règle de l’APDIQ, l’association peut recommander au CIDQ de vous admettre à l’examen puisque vous êtes déjà passé par un comité d’admission qui reconnaît votre formation. Le CIDQ devrait alors vous admettre à passer l’examen, toutefois, même si vous réussissez celui-ci, l’organisme ne vous remettra pas de numéro de membre et de certificat. Ceci veut dire que vous ne pourrez pas vous afficher comme étant membre du NCDIQ.

Les cheminements acceptés

Cheminement Education Expérience de travail
Diplôme universitaire reconnu par CIDA

Baccalauréat ou Maîtrise d’une école dont le programme en design d’intérieur est accrédité par CIDA.

À la fin de la troisième année: 96 sem/144 qtr credits completed

Up to 1,760 hours of qualified work experience can be earned before education is completed.

3,520 hours qualified interior design experience.

Final 1,760 hours must be earned after all education is completed.

Diplôme universitaire non-reconnu par CIDA

Baccalauréat ou Maîtrise d’une école dont le programme en design d’intérieur n’est pas accrédité par CIDA.

Incluant: pas moins de 120 semester or 180 quarter credits, of which no less than 60 semester or 90 quarter credits are interior design coursework.

À la fin de la troisième année: 96 sem/144 qtr credits completed

Up to 1,760 hours of qualified workexperience can be earned before education is completed.

3,520 hours qualified interior design experience.

Final 1,760 hours must be earned after all education is completed.

Autre diplôme + diplôme en design d’intérieur

Bachelor’s degree (minimum) in any other major and no less than 60 semester or 90 quarter credits of interior design coursework that culminates in a certificate, degree or diploma.

30 sem/45 qtr interior design credits completed

Up to 1,760 hours of qualified workexperience can be earned before education is completed.

3,520 hours qualified interior design experience.

Final 1,760 hours must be earned after all education is completed.

Diplôme (60heures) en design d’intérieur

No less than 60 semester or 90quarter credits of interior design coursework that culminates in a certificate, degree or diploma. BY END OF YEAR 3 Education completed 5,280 hours qualified interiordesign experience.

Diplôme (40heures) en design d’intérieur

No less than 40 semester or 60quarter credits of interior design coursework that culminates in a certificate, degree or diploma.

BY END OF YEAR 2

Education completed

7,040 hours qualified interior design experience.

Education must be complete before work experience can be earned.

* This route is phasing out on December 31, 2018.

Diplôme en architecture accrédité par le Conseil Canadien d’accréditation en architecture

Bachelor’s or Master’s degree from anNAAB or CACB accredited architecture program.

BY END OF YEAR 5 – 6

5,280 hours qualified interior design experience.

Education must be complete before work experience can be earned.

Le Council for interior design accreditation

The Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) is an independent, non-profit accrediting organization for interior design education programs at colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. For more than 35 years, this knowledge-driven organization has been passionately committed to the ongoing enrichment of the interior design profession through identifying, developing and promoting quality standards for the education of entry-level interior designers, and then encouraging, accrediting and supporting educational programs to aspire to those standards.

Through a process of program self-evaluation and peer review, accreditation promotes achievement of high academic standards, while making education more responsive to student and societal needs. The Council engages nearly 200 volunteers, all drawn from interior design practice and education, to carry out its work. More than 150 interior design programs are currently accredited by the Council, serving an estimated 20,000 students.

The Council for Interior Design Accreditation is recognized as a reliable authority on interior design education by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). The CHEA-recognized scope of accreditation is professional-level interior design programs degree located in the United States and internationally.

Se préparer à l’examen

Deux choses à retenir pour vous aider à préparer l’examen :

C’est un test des compétences minimales requises. C’est un examen pour tester vos connaissances en santé, sécurité et bien-être. Pas de trucs, d’agenda caché.

Ce n’est pas un examen comme à l’école. À l’école, les examens testent vos connaissances. L’examen NCIDQ met à l’épreuve l’application que vous faites de ces connaissances.

Plus vous avez d’expérience, mieux vous êtes préparé à passer l’examen.

Cheminement Education Expérience de travail
Diplôme universitaire reconnu par CIDA

Baccalauréat ou Maîtrise d’une école dont le programme en design d’intérieur est accrédité par CIDA.

À la fin de la troisième année: 96 sem/144 qtr credits completed

Up to 1,760 hours of qualified work experience can be earned before education is completed.

3,520 hours qualified interior design experience.

Final 1,760 hours must be earned after all education is completed.

Diplôme universitaire non-reconnu par CIDA

Baccalauréat ou Maîtrise d’une école dont le programme en design d’intérieur n’est pas accrédité par CIDA.

Incluant: pas moins de 120 semester or 180 quarter credits, of which no less than 60 semester or 90 quarter credits are interior design coursework.

À la fin de la troisième année: 96 sem/144 qtr credits completed

Up to 1,760 hours of qualified workexperience can be earned before education is completed.

3,520 hours qualified interior design experience.

Final 1,760 hours must be earned after all education is completed.

Autre diplôme + diplôme en design d’intérieur

Bachelor’s degree (minimum) in any other major and no less than 60 semester or 90 quarter credits of interior design coursework that culminates in a certificate, degree or diploma.

30 sem/45 qtr interior design credits completed

Up to 1,760 hours of qualified workexperience can be earned before education is completed.

3,520 hours qualified interior design experience.

Final 1,760 hours must be earned after all education is completed.

Diplôme (60heures) en design d’intérieur

No less than 60 semester or 90quarter credits of interior design coursework that culminates in a certificate, degree or diploma. BY END OF YEAR 3 Education completed 5,280 hours qualified interiordesign experience.

Diplôme (40heures) en design d’intérieur

No less than 40 semester or 60quarter credits of interior design coursework that culminates in a certificate, degree or diploma.

BY END OF YEAR 2

Education completed

7,040 hours qualified interior design experience.

Education must be complete before work experience can be earned.

* This route is phasing out on December 31, 2018.

Diplôme en architecture accrédité par le Conseil Canadien d’accréditation en architecture

Bachelor’s or Master’s degree from anNAAB or CACB accredited architecture program.

BY END OF YEAR 5 – 6

5,280 hours qualified interior design experience.

Education must be complete before work experience can be earned.

Matériel d’étude (à traduire)

We have outlined the content of the exam on our web site, so you can see exactly what will be tested.

  • IDFX (Interior Design Fundamentals Exam)
  • IDPX (Interior Design Professional Exam)
  • PRAC (Practicum Exam)

In addition, here are more ways you can prepare for the exam. Click on these links to jump to that section on the page below.

  • Multiple-Choice Online Quizzes for IDFX and IDPX
  • Practice Design Problems (Practicum)
  • CIDQ’s Practice Analysis
  • NCIDQ Examination Reference List

Practice Analysis

This document is essentially the blueprint our exam writers use when they write test questions. While much of this document is an overview of the technical analysis we performed in order to validate the exam, some people find that seeing what sorts of tasks are defined in today’s practice helps them focus their preparation efforts.

The most useful parts to you to use for preparation will be Appendix K and Appendix M. You can best use this information by first reading through all of the task areas for each section and highlighting the areas that are less familiar to you. Those will be the ones you want to spend the most time reviewing, reading and studying.

You may want to create a color-coded system – one color for the areas you know the least, a second color for the areas that you have some familiaritywith and a third color for the areas with which you are most comfortable. Thislist can then become your outline for studying examination content.

Download a PDF of this report for free.

TO PASS THE EXAM

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CUMULER SON EXPÉRIENCE

Le programme IDEP (Interior Design Experience Program)

Using the IDEP program to chronicle your work experience can help you keep your hours organized and categorized in one document. For most jurisdictions, your participation in IDEP is voluntary. However, be aware that state boards, provincial associations and employers may mandate enrollment in IDEP so that you produce a verifiable record demonstrating diversified interior design work experience as part of your preparation to take the NCIDQ Exam and earn the NCIDQ Certification. We urge you to be careful in selecting the work environment for your supervised experience to ensure that it exposes you to the core competencies you will need to demonstrate on the NCIDQ Exam.

How to Enroll

Once you decide on where you will obtain your supervised interior design work experience, you may enroll in IDEP by following these steps:

  • Create a MyNCIDQ account by clicking here.
  • Click on “Application and Time Log/Tracking” under the IDEP heading in the left menu of your MyNCIDQ account..
  • Create an online application.
  • Invite your supervisor(s) and/or mentor(s) by clicking on “Key Players,” followed by “Create A Relationship.”
  • Your application will be reviewed and, if you qualify, accepted.
  • After confirmation of your acceptance, you may begin logging all of the hours that you accrue during your work experience in thespecific competency areas listed.
  • You may document up to 3-months of previous acceptable work experience from the time your IDEP application was accepted.

Program Fees

Good news! IDEP is free for recent graduates. One way to increase your chances of successfully becoming NCIDQ Certified is to begin carefully recording your supervised work experience right after you graduate and have taken the IDFX, which is the first section of the NCIDQ Exam. Using the IDEP work hours log is a great way to record and organize your supervised work experience from the very start. We strongly urge you to be deliberate in the type of work experience you obtain so that it matches the competency areas listed on the IDEP log. This approach will help you gain the type of supervised work experience that will help you prepare for the next section of the NCIDQ Exam, the IDPX. Please note that IDEP is not a formal program monitored by NCIDQ Exam staff. Therefore, you will still need to submit the official Work Experience Verification Forms to complete your application for the three sections of the NCIDQ Exam.

IDEP Log

You may submit your IDEP Work Hours Log to us for review after your supervisor has signed off, indicating that your log is accurate and complete. Supervision is an important part of your work experience and learning. Therefore, be sure that your supervisor understands that he or she must meet with you on a regular basis to discuss your work by providing feedback and exposing you to the competencies necessary for independent practice. Through these meaningful exchanges, your supervisor will be prepared and accustomed to routinely signing off on your hours. Likewise, meeting and conferring on a regular basis with your mentor is important for your professional development. These consultations may take place in person, by phone, via video conference, and even through detailed email exchanges where you share photos, ideas and are able to receive guidance. Make certain that your mentor clearly understands your learning objectives so that he or she can direct you to the types of experiences that will sufficiently expose you to the following six competency areas:

  • Programming
  • Schematic Design
  • Design Development
  • Contract Documents
  • Contract Administration
  • Professional Practice

Experience in these areas can be obtained in many ways, such as:

  • Working directly in a competency area
  • Observing others who working in an area that demonstrates one of the competencies
  • Attending lectures, seminars and continuing education courses related to the competency areas, but know that these didactic educational experiences may only be used to fulfill up to 10% of the total required hours

For a complete list of all IDEP Task Areas with descriptions, click here.