RIDQC Global Campus

About the RIDQC Certification

Raising the Bar for Interior Design Professionals:

The Residential Interior Design Qualification Certification & Exam

The RIDQC Certification exam is available for students in the USA and International students.

A grade of 70% is required for the successful passing of the RIDQC Certification Exam.

The RIDQC Certification Exam is available to design individuals who have participated in a recognized educational course and interior designers who have been practicing in the field for 4 or more years.

Certification advances education, career, and professional status in the interior design industry. If you are driven to succeed and dedicated to your profession, successful completion of the RIDQC Examination will increase your professional status and credentials.

The RIDQC Certification Exam will both enhance your status when meeting new potential clients, as well as increase your credentials among residential interior design peers who have also reached this higher level of certification achievement. The RIDQC program is recognized as an industry standard for excellence, and certification can be the professional boost you need to grow your business and your reputation.

Eligibility Requirements

Practitioners of residential interior design with required hands-on experience, design-related education, or a combination of the two are eligible to sit for the RIDQC Exam. The RIDQC Certification exam is available for students in the USA as well as international students.

Eligible candidates must meet ONE or more of the following requirements to qualify for testing.

Proof of a completed interior design course from a university or college. Email us if you have any questions concerning your school. support@ridqcexam.org
R.I.D.E. Residential Interior Design graduates are approved contingent on Final Presentation submission to R.I.D.Q.C. via email for approval.
New York Institute for Art and Design "NYIAD" interior design graduates are approved.
Proof of an associate's degree in interior design or higher.
Proof of a Bachelor's degree in interior design or higher.
Proof of a degree in architecture.
Four years of hands-on interior design experience with proof. Please get in touch with us with questions.
Two years of hands-on interior design experience in combination with an education in interior design or another design-related field.


Part I - Multiple Choice

Part I of the exam consists of 100-122 multiple choice, 4-6 essay questions, and fill-in-the-blank questions. Our multiple-choice format includes four potential answers per question, and portions of the tests are computer scored upon completion. Essay questions are manually graded. You will be allowed two hours to complete Part I.

The multiple-choice section will require an understanding of business practices, the ability to recognize furniture styles and periods, design processes fundamentals, universal design, green design, textiles, materials, and professional ethics.

Part I must be successfully completed before the candidate can submit their emailed request to take Part II.

Students who fail the exam are allowed to take it over.
Students are allowed to take the exam three times. A proctor fee of $60 is required for testing each time.

Exam location: The test is taken from your personal computer.

Part II - Practical Design Problem

This section is for students who have not submitted a practical design problem presentation through an approved course prior to this certification.

Individuals taking our exam who have already completed an approved practical design problem floor plan and presentation while taking a course will submit course completion documents. In those cases, documents to support this can be submitted to satisfy the requirements of Part II of the certification exam. You must upload your graded practical portion from your prior course to satisfy Part II of the exam.

Part II of the exam requires the completion of a practical design problem stemming from a client profile. Individuals must illustrate their ability to create a floor plan and elevation, a schedule for furnishings and fixtures, a plan for electrical and lighting, a schedule for window treatment elevation, and a finishing schedule.

Through completion of the design problem, individuals will show competency in basic drafting, elevation drawing, space planning, lighting plans, and barrier-free design. Six hours are allowed for completion of Part II of the RIDQC Certification Exam.

Students who have completed a practical design problem floor plan in a course should email support@ridqcexam.org for approval of your interior design course practical design submission.