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Certified Kitchen and Bath Designers (CKBD) Certified Kitchen Designers (CKD) and Certified Bath Designers (CBD) specialize in the design, planning, and execution of residential kitchens and bathrooms, and prove advanced knowledge of technical and personal communication skills required to succeed as a design specialist.

Certified Kitchen and Bath Educators (CKBE) are college instructors who specialize in teaching residential kitchen and/or bathroom design. They understand the unique qualifications required for kitchen and bathroom design specialization, and they transfer their knowledge to interior design students. A college instructor achieves the CKBE designation by proving experience as an interior design college educator and passing the CKBD exam for CKBE certification.


CKBD applicants must document a minimum of give five (5) years of experience. A minimum of two years must be specifically from full-time residential kitchen/bath design experience, including design execution or project management. The remaining three years can consist of full-time kitchen/bath design or related industry experience.

 CKBEs must demonstrate a minimum of five (5) years of full-time teaching experience in interior design or a minimum of two (2) years teaching experience combined with formal education for a total of five (5) years. No formal design experience is required.

All applicants must also earn a minimum of 60 hours of NKBA education or NKBA approved college coursework. Education must be completed before the candidate's application for certification can be approved. Courses should be documented as accurately as possible on the application. Applicants must pass their AKBD academic exam prior scheduling their CKBD design exam.

How to Apply for Certification

1. Review the Kitchen & Bath Certification Guidebook. Then print the applicable pages for the certification you are seeking.

2. Review the education and experience requirements to ensure your eligibility. You may contact Member Engagement at (800) 843-6522 to confirm your education hours. Visit the NKBA Store to enroll in courses or purchase study material.

3. Complete the application and include all applicable college transcripts, work experience verification, client references, and professional affidavits.

4. Include the application and exam fee: $875                                                           

5. Mail the application with supporting documents and payment to:

687 Willow Grove Street
Hackettstown, NJ 07840

6. Once your application has been reviewed, you will receive an official notice regarding the status of your application.

The CKBD Exam

The CKBD application process consists of eight (8) design drawings (See Application) scored by expert certified kitchen and bath design professionals. Scoring is divided into the following content categories: graphics and presentation

standards, design solution, elevation plan, mechanical plan, and construction plan. Applicants receiving a score of 75% or higher are permitted to sit for the CKBD Exam. Candidates do not receive a numerical score, and will only receive a pass/fail notification with a break down by the major content categories.

 The CKBD Exam consists of 100 multiple-choice questions testing on both kitchen and bath competencies. The CKBD

examination consists of four (4) major content categories:

• 40% of the exam questions are related to Design Solution (Planning and Safety Floor Plan),

• 22% to Specifications,

• 21% to Graphics and Presentation,

• 17% to Mechanical and Construction.

 The Exam Development Committee develops questions. CKBD candidates must correctly answer a minimum of 75 test questions (75%). Candidates do not receive a numerical score, and will only receive a pass/fail notification with a break down by the four major content categories.

 Candidates who do not successfully pass an exam must submit an exam registration form and exam fees for the next exam. The NKBA holds applications on file for two years. If your last application is over two years old, you must submit an additional application and application fee.

The CKBD design exam also serves as the credential exam for Certified Kitchen and Bath Educators certifications.


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