Frequently Asked Questions
•Q:IS THIS AN OPEN BOOK EXAM?
•A: No, this is not an open book exam.
•Q: DO I TAKE THE EXAM IN PERSON OR ONLINE?
•A: The exam is proctored online through an online portal. The proctoring fee is $60. which must be paid at the time of scheduling
•Q: I AM ENROLLED IN THE INTERIOR DESIGN COURSE AT NEW YORK INSTITUTE FOR ART AND DESIGN. CAN I TAKE THE EXAM WHEN I GRADUATE?
•A:Yes, they offer an exceptional curriculum. NYIAD graduates are approved to take the RIDQC exam.
•Q: I AM INTERESTED IN TAKING AN INTERIOR DESIGN COURSE. I WANTED TO KNOW IF THE COURSE IS APPROVED FOR THE EXAM?
•A To determine whether your course is approved, we will need more details. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
•Q: I RECENTLY SIGNED UP FOR THE RIDQC CERTIFICATION. SHOULD I START STUDYING FOR THE EXAM DURING MY COURSE?
•A: No, we suggest that students wait until they have completed their course to begin studying for the exam.
•Q: ONCE I HAVE PASSED THE EXAM, AM I REQUIRED TO TAKE A RENEWAL EXAM IN THE FUTURE?
•A: No, we suggest that you take a minimum of 3 continuing education credits per year. DSA periodically monitors member's CEU class credits. https://www.dsasociety.org/professional-rewards-program/
•Q: IS THE INTERIOR DESIGN INSTITUTE COURSE APPROVED TO SIT FOR THE RIDQC EXAM?
•A: The students are on a case by case request. The course has not submitted materials for approval.
•Q: WHILE TAKING THE EXAM, DO I NEED TO ANSWER EACH QUESTION OR CAN I LEAVE ONE THAT I AM NOT SURE OF AND GO BACK LATER DURING THE 2 HRS?
•A:You can return to unanswered questions while taking the exam.
•Q: MY STATE REQUIRES A STATE EXAM TO PRACTICE COMMERCIAL INTERIOR DESIGN. IS THIS THE STATE EXAM?
•A:No, this is NOT your state exam. Some states require a state exam for commercial interior design and for the ability to pull plans. Those states may require the passing of the NCIDQ or the CCIDC in California.
Earning the RIDQC provides you with a Residential Interior Design Certification. You will not be licensed for commercial interior design or granted the ability to pull plans or permits.
Some states require a state test for interior designers to separate the students who have had 4 or more years of college and have met the requirements listed in those states. Some states "Title" this designer as "registered," some title the state tested designer as" licensed," and some use the title "certified." Many don't have the title act or state test. Example: NY and NJ use the title "Certified" for their designers who have taken the state exam after 4 years of college/and or meeting state requirements and who have passed their state exam. Therefore NY and NJ students can not use the title "Certified" even though they have been certified through us. They must clearly state "Residential Interior Designer" certified with RIDQC (not to be confused with the state exam after 4 years of schooling).
If you are moving forward as a professional, credentials will provide that extra layer of professionalism. You will also be listed on the DSA site as a Residential Interior Designer and allowed to use the RIDQC and the DSA logos. (You can state Residential Interior Designer/certified with RIDQC. You can also use the logo for RIDQC after passing the exam).
IT IS IMPORTANT NOT TO MISLEAD THE PUBLIC INTO THINKING THAT YOU HAVE PASSED YOUR STATE EXAM. REGARDLESS OF THE STATE THAT YOU ARE IN, YOU MAY ALWAYS LIST YOUR CREDENTIALS.
•Q: IS THE RIDQC EXAM PART OF THE PATH FOR THE CALIFORNIA STATE EXAM?
•A: Yes, California lists the RIDQC exam as one of the requirements for Path 3 and Path 4 of the state exam. For more information, visit https://ccidc.org/becoming-a-certified-interior-designer.