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
• 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.