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NKBA’s Restructured Certification Program

To better serve its members, NKBA has updated its longstanding Certification Program, including changes to the CKBD Program and CMKBD Program.
By: Elisa Fernández-Arias 

Recognizing its members objectives and the needs of today’s design world in an ever-changing kitchen and bath industry, NKBA has transformed its longstanding Certification Program. This includes revisions to the CKBD program, the CMKBD program, and changes program-wide. The NKBA remains one of the industry’s leaders in delivering the most current educational resources and certification programs for design professionals — and this restructuring is a reflection of the association’s commitment to provide its members with the information and education they need, today.

Changes to the CKBD Program
  • Participants must be an NKBA member to apply.
  • It’s FREE to apply.
  • Applications are accepted year-round (rolling).
  • The entire program is completed online (study material to exams).
  • Required exams are offered in the Spring and Fall period during designated times.
  • Exams do not need to be completed in any specific order.
  • Newly designed CKBD appellation digital image and certificates.
Changes to the CMKBD Program
  • Candidates must have maintained their CKBD status for six consecutive years before applying.
  • It’s FREE to apply online.
  • Once approved, candidates will have one full year to validate the Eligibility Requirements that fall under Education, Professional, Work Experience, Master Portfolio Review and Master Profile criteria.
  • Newly designed CMKBD appellation digital image and certificates. 
Program-Wide Changes
  • Qualified candidates are based on education and work experience.
  • The NKBA has created a specific curriculum track for each type of qualifying candidate.
  • Purchase includes necessary coursework to complete the program and support by means of tutorials, instructional videos, practice exams, additional resources and much more.
  • Candidates must complete the program in 12 months or less.
  • Access to a Learning Management System (LMS) platform, separate from the NKBA website.
  • The educational curriculum is aligned with current industry standards.

To learn more about the NKBA Certification Program, including the CKBD, CMKBD and other resources that can provide you with professional recognition, a competitive edge and expert knowledge, visit the NKBA Learning Department Page today. If you have any questions or need additional information on the program, please email certification@nkba.org.