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STEP - NCIDQ Exam Preparation

ASID has long recognized the key role that the NCIDQ examination plays in design practitioners’ career plans. Passage of this rigorous test signifies the hallmark of professionalism in the interior design community, and alerts the public to the expertise and experience of the designer who has met this challenge. To that end, ASID created the STEP program to provide a broad perspective of the issues and information pertinent to the NCIDQ exam.

The STEP workshop is periodically conducted nationwide and is comprised of 20 hours of instruction over a 2 1/2-day period. Participants have the opportunity to experience practice exams patterned after the newest NCIDQ and, with the guidance of experienced instructors, determine which areas require further preparation.  Workshop participants are provided with a comprehensive workbook that includes practicum exercises and multiple-choice sections similar to those in the NCIDQ exam. These practice tests are administered and thoroughly reviewed during the workshop. The workbook also includes helpful practice exams that participants may take home with them.

Participants are encouraged to have their STEP workshop experience 4 – 12 months prior to taking the NCIDQ exam.  This allows sufficient time for resources to be acquired and skill areas requiring further preparation to be fully studied.

Registration deadlines are listed after each workshop along with a registration form.  Please note that space is filled on a first come/first served basis so to ensure a spot, you should register sooner rather than later.  There is the possibility that a workshop will be cancelled if we receive less than 10 registrations by the deadline.

For more information about the NCIDQ exam, contact NCIDQ at (202) 721-0220 or visit them on the Web at  Here you can find a lot of information about the exam, including eligibility requirementsapplication and registration procedures, and different publications NCIDQ provides to help designers study for the exam.

STEP Workshops and NCIDQ Deadlines

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