Last class, we had an approach to NCIDQ. I think this kind of exam is necessary in the U.S, but I have to be honest to say that the way NCIDQ operating right now is just not effective.
First of all, since the United States has an accredited educational system. The students attending to such schools study so hard so that they can pass all the exams, project, requirements. Therefore, they should be able to become interior designers after graduation. Should the schools provide all the required knowledge such as codes, fire safety in an academic way so that students can thoroughly understand and apply to their projects. However, since there are many states whose policies and regulations are different, once designers move to another state, they might or might be required to take a test to acknowledge all the differences.
On theory, NCIDQ is a good solution to standardize design policies. Its mission is to mention safely practice a profession only, which is absolutely right. However, take a close look at the questions included in the test; they are so illogical and unnecessary. The organization has already set a clear and meaningful goal regarding to human/ inhabitants’ benefit, they should follow and that goal by focusing on those areas only and in the way that encourages interior designers to get accredited, not to be afraid of.
Finally, the price should be more reasonable and correlative with what the program can benefit the participants. Events such as lectures, networking should be offered so that designers will keep in touch with new regulations and the community in the field.