NKBA Certifications are globally recognized professional appellations created to instill deeper trust with your clients.

The hallmark for kitchen and bath professionals

NKBA Certification is based on in-depth testing and extensive industry experience. It was developed to establish an immediate, deeper level of trust between kitchen and bath professionals and their clients. Certified designers must also meet annual continuing education requirements.

Professional Levels

1. Associate Kitchen and Bath Designer (AKBD) is a certified professional, knowledgeable in product selection, space planning, materials and finishes. Learn more.

2. Certified Kitchen and Bath Designers (CKBD) specialize in the design, planning, and execution of residential kitchens and bathrooms, and prove advanced knowledge of technical and personal communication skills required to succeed as a design specialist. (Applicants must hold a valid AKBD certification.) Learn more.

3. Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Designer (CMKBD) is a program which recognizes extraordinary experience and achievements in the kitchen and bath industry. The CMKBD must possess their CKBD certification or CKD and CBD certification, and must have two years of experience beyond initial CKD/CBD or CKBD certification, for a total of seven (7) years of experience in the industry. Learn more.

The primary body of knowledge for NKBA certification is the NKBA Professional Resource Library, 9 Volume Set and the NKBA Kitchen & Bathroom Planning Guidelines.

The NKBA’s certification examinations are developed in conjunction with the NKBA’s Exam Development Committee.

Certification Forms

If you are already NKBA certified, use our CEU Reporting Form to submit your CEUs and maintain your certification.

Find out if you meet the education requirements for the CKBD exam prior to submitting your application. You may submit the Transcript Review Request Form along with your college transcript. For $15, we will review and award hours for relevant college coursework. Or, you may submit your college transcript along with your application at no additional charge.

Have Questions?

If you’d like to speak to someone about certification, call 800-THE-NKBA or fill out this contact form and an NKBA staff member will be in touch with you shortly.