Certification Requirements

NKBA Certified Kitchen & Bath Designers

AKBD Certification Requirements

AKBD Certification

Experience Requirement: 2 years of kitchen/bath design experience or 1 year of kitchen/bath experience and 1 year of related experience

Education Requirement: Not required but recommended. 30 NKBA education hours or an NKBA-approved college education.

Documentation Needed:

  1. Application
  2. Exam registration form
  3. Two (2) professional affidavits
  4. Work experience verification form(s)
  5. College transcripts (Optional)
  6. Candidate testimony

Exam & Format: AKBD academic exam – computer-based multiple choice


CKBD Certification Requirements

CKBD Certification

Experience Requirement: 5 years — 2 years may come from full-time residential kitchen and bath experience, and 3 years may come from related experience

Education Requirement: 60 NKBA education hours or an NKBA-approved college education

Documentation Needed:

  1. Application
  2. Exam registration form
  3. Two (2) professional affidavits
  4. Two (2) client references
  5. Work experience verification form(s)
  6. College transcripts (Optional)
  7. Candidate testimony

Exam & Format: Must pass AKBD academic exam, application drawing, and CKBD exam (computer-based, multiple choice)


CBD/CKD Certification Requirements

These exams are no longer offered, but CKD/CBD members will continue to hold their certification.


CMKBD Certification Requirements

CMKBD Certification

Experience Requirement: 2 years beyond initial CKD or CBD or CKBD certification

Education Requirement: 100 NKBA education hours

Documentation Needed: Application

Exam & Format: No exam – must possess CKBD (or CBD and CKD) certification


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Cancellations

The NKBA will retain the full exam fee for candidates that cancel their scheduled exam without at least 72 hours notice.

Postponements

Candidates who wish to reschedule an exam without at least 72 hours notice will be charged a $100 rescheduling fee.

No Shows

Candidates who do not appear for their scheduled exam date must re-submit their exam fee. Candidates who wish to cancel their scheduled exam up to 72 hours before their scheduled exam date will be refunded the full exam fee.

Cancellations and postponements must be completed via www.webassessor.com/nkba.