An Associate Kitchen and Bath Designer is a certified professional, knowledgeable
in product selection, space planning, materials and finishes.
Applicants must document a minimum of two (2) years experience. At least one year
must be specifically within the kitchen/bath industry.
1. Review the Kitchen & Bath CertificationGuidebook.
2. The next step in acquiring AKBD certification is to pay your required fees online.
After your online payment has cleared, a member of the NKBA staff will contact
you within 48 hours to give you further instructions.
3. If you are a first time applicant or an applicant that has not taken the test
within the last 2 years, please
click here. If you are a returning applicant and have taken the test within
the last 2 years, please click here.
The AKBD academic exam consists of 150 multiple-choice questions that tests both
kitchen and bathroom competencies. The examination itself is divided into four (4)
major content categories: 40% of the exam questions are related to Planning and
Design, 22% related to Construction/Mechanical Systems, 18% to Business Management
and 20% to Products/Materials. Questions are developed by the Certification Test
Board. Each question is referenced to the NKBA Professional Resource Library, the
primary resource for the material on the AKBD exam.
Q: Where and when can I take the exam?
A: The AKBD exam is administered at computerized testing facilities managed by Kryterion
in the United States and Canada. The AKBD is available year-round at Kryterion testing
Q: How do I schedule my exam date and location?
A: As soon as you are pre-approved to take the AKBD examination by the NKBA certification
department, it is recommended that you access the scheduling web link to create
an account with Kryterion and schedule your appointment to take your AKBD exam.
Scheduling is done on a first-come, first-served basis. Waiting to schedule your
test appointment may significantly limit the date/time availability at the test
center of your choice. All available testing locations and dates are presented to
you on the scheduling web link. This site enables you to search for testing sites
by city and state.
Q: Is the NKBA AKBD exam the only exam that will be given at these test sites
during this period?
A: No. The test sites also administer other exams for other associations and agencies
at the same time.
Q: How many questions will be on the AKBD exam?
A: The exam consists of 150 questions.
Q: How many questions do I need to pass the AKBD exam?
A: You need to score 100 questions correctly
in order to pass the AKBD exam.
Q: How long is the exam?
A: Candidates have 2 hours and 55 minutes in which to complete the AKBD exam. Candidates
are requested to take 5 minutes at the end of the exam to complete a post-examination
survey. There are no scheduled breaks during the AKBD exam. You may leave
the testing room to take a bathroom break, but the time will continue on the exam.
There is no way in which to stop the exam clock.
Q: When are results of the exam available?
A: They are available immediately before you leave the testing facility. Your results
are delivered as either pass or fail.
Q: Once I view my results and I have passed, am I certified?
A: No. All individuals applying for NKBA certification must hold an active membership
with the NKBA, or be employed by an NKBA member firm. You must wait for official
confirmation from the NKBA accompanied by an invoice for your certification fee.
Once this is paid, you may begin using the appellation.
Q: How many times can I take the exam?
A: A candidate will be allowed to attempt the AKBD exam three (3) times in one calendar
year. Thirty (30) days must pass between each exam attempt.
Q: What if I am taking the CKBD exam? Do I have to take it on two different
A: If you are registered for the CKBD exam, you must pass the AKBD exam first.
You may not schedule both exams on the same day.