The premiere hallmark for kitchen and bath professionals, NKBA Certification is based on in-depth testing and extensive industry experience. NKBA certified designers must also meet annual continuing education requirements.
The NKBA certifies kitchen and bath design professionals in various stages of expertise:
AKBD® - Associate Kitchen and Bath Designer
Certified professional with a minimum of 2 years of kitchen/bath industry experience – they are knowledgeable in product selection, space planning, materials, and finishes. An AKBD must meet specific educational requirements, as well as pass a comprehensive academic exam.
CKBP® - Certified Kitchen and Bath Professional
Have a minimum of 5 years of kitchen and bath industry experience, and is qualified to work with our certified designers to meet the needs of the consumer. The holder must prove a high level of proficiency in professional knowledge, industry experience, and education in the kitchen and bath industry. The focus of curriculum and critical areas of knowledge is not centered on design, but in the areas of residential construction, general business knowledge, materials and product knowledge, and project management. A CKBP must meet specific educational requirements and pass a comprehensive academic exam.
CKD® - Certified Kitchen Designers
Have a minimum of 7 years experience designing residential kitchen spaces. They are highly skilled in design, space planning and product selection and have extensive knowledge of building codes, flooring materials, appliances, and mechanical systems. They write specifications and draw plans that are easily interpreted by plumbers, electricians, and installers. A CKD must meet specific educational requirements and pass a comprehensive academic and practical exam.
CBD® - Certified Bathroom Designers
Also have a minimum of 7 years experience designing residential bathroom spaces – they are highly skilled in design, space planning, and product selection, and have extensive knowledge of building codes, fixtures, flooring materials, and mechanical/plumbing systems. They write specifications and draw plans that are easily interpreted by plumbers, electricians, and installers. A CBD must meet specific educational requirements, as well as pass a comprehensive academic and practical exam.
CMKBD® – Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Designer
A designer who must possess not only their CKD and CBD certification, but must have an additional ten years of experience in the industry beyond the date of their first certification. This means that CMKBDs must have a minimum of 17 years of industry experience. In addition, a CMKBD has been nationally recognized through design competitions, industry awards, printed publications, or television spots. A CMKBD must also meet specific educational requirements.