Becoming an Associate Kitchen & Bath Designer® (AKBD) is more than just a certification. It’s a sign of your commitment. And it’s not only a commitment to building your expertise in product selection, space planning, materials and finishes, but also to the kitchen and bath industry as a whole.


Applicants must document a minimum of two (2) years of industry experience. At least one (1) year must be dedicated to the kitchen/bath design industry. The second year may be from the kitchen/bath design industry or a related full-time industry experience which includes kitchen/bathroom/decorative plumbing, hardware sales, kitchen/bathroom installation, cabinetmaking and residential remodeling.

How to Apply for Certification

  • Review the Kitchen & Bath Certification Guidebook
  • Complete and submit the form included in the Guidebook
  • Include the application and exam fee: $359
  • Once your application has been reviewed, you will receive a notification to schedule your AKBD exam


The AKBD Exam

The AKBD academic exam consists of 150 multiple-choice questions that test both kitchen and bathroom competencies. The examination itself is divided into four (4) major content categories:

  • 40 percent of the exam questions are related to planning and design
  • 22 percent related to construction/mechanical systems
  • 18 percent to business management
  • 20 percent to products/materials

Questions are developed by the Certification Exam Development Committee. Each question is referenced to the NKBA Professional Resource Library, the primary resource for the material on the AKBD exam.