Become an Associate Kitchen & Bath Designer

Certify Me!

Are you a recent or soon-to-be graduate? Consider earning a certification as an Associate Kitchen & Bath Designer (AKBD).

The National Kitchen & Bath Association offers three levels of certification starting with AKBD, and each step is a testament to your continuing growth, increasing knowledge, experience and expertise in the field.

What does this mean for you? As a designer, you will be recognized as having more credibility, which translates to more earning potential and value-added to future employers and clients.

The Associate Kitchen & Bath Designer Examination is:

  • A computer-based academic exam with 150 multiple-choice questions;
  • Completed in a three-hour time period;
  • Segmented into four major content categories: Planning & Design, Construction/Mechanical Systems, Business Management and Products/Materials.
  • Available only to NKBA members.

The exam may be taken Monday through Saturday, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., at a certified testing center.

NKBA requires AKBD candidates to document:

  • Two years of industry experience, including
    • One year of experience in the kitchen and bath industry
    • One year of related experience or formal education
  • 30 hours of NKBA Education or equivalent, recommended but not required.

Students wishing to apply for AKBD certification can click on Certification to fill out an AKBD Application and submit the following:

  • AKBD application;
  • Two professional affidavits (one may be from an educator at the college);
  • College transcripts (Earn education hours toward your next certification);
  • Exam fees

For more information on the AKBD exam for students, please contact NKBA Member Services at 800-THE-NKBA (843-6522) or email info@nkba.org.