NKBA Certifications

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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 pass a comprehensive academic exam in order to be awarded their certification.

CKBD® - Certified Kitchen and Bath  Designers

Have a minimum of 5 years experience designing residential kitchen and bath 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 CKBD must meet specific educational requirements and 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 seven years of experience in the industry beyond the date of their first certification. In addition, a CMKBD has been nationally recognized through design competitions, industry awards, printed publications, television spots, and other industry opportunities. A CMKBD must also meet specific educational requirements.

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