Certification Requirements

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  • Associate Kitchen & Bath Designer (AKBD)
  • Certified Kitchen Designer (CKD)
  • Certified Bathroom Designer (CBD)
  • Certified Kitchen Educator (CKE)
  • Certified Bathroom Educator (CBE)
  • Certified Master Kitchen & Bath Designer (CMKBD)
  • Certified Master Kitchen & Bath Educator (CMKBE)


NKBA Certified Kitchen & Bath Designers

  Experience Education Endorsement Exam
AKBD 2 years
One year of experience within the kitchen/bath industry (kitchen/bath design, space planning, sales, project management, drafting, manufacturing, cabinet design, installation, decorative plumbing/hardware, sales, etc.).

One year of related industry experience.                                

30 hours of NKBA professional development courses or NKBA approved college coursework

2 Professional affidavits
AKBD academic exam
CKD or CBD 7 years

3 years min. full-time residential
kitchen/ bath design and;


4 years related industry experience.

 


60 hours of NKBA professional development courses or NKBA approved college coursework 2 Client references

2 Professional affidavits
AKBD academic exam and CKD Design exam or CBD Design exam*
CKE or CBE 7 years
3 years min. full-time teaching experience
in kitchen/bath design or Interior Design

4 years related industry experience.

 


60 hours of NKBA professional development courses or NKBA approved college coursework 2 Professional affidavits AKBD academic exam and CKD Design exam or CBD Design exam*
CMKBD 10 years of kitchen and bath industry experience in addition to experience demonstrated for 1st certification, of
which min. 5 years is kitchen/bath design
100 hours of NKBA professional development courses or NKBA approved college coursework (can include education used to achieve AKBD and/or CKD and CBD)

3 examples of design excellence by 3rd party endorsement -(design contest placement, published projects, television interviews, community endeavors, etc.)

 


None- must possess both CKD and CBD certifications
CMKBE 10 years of full-time teaching experience
in the kitchen and bath industry in beyond the experience demonstrated for the first CKE/CBE certification                                         
100 hours of NKBA professional development courses or NKBA approved college coursework (can include education used to achieve AKBD and/or CKD and CBD)                               
3 samples of 3rd party endorsements - course development, published material, interviews, community endeavors and or contest placement                                             
No exam, but must possess both CKE/CBE certifications. One of which must be in good standing for 10 years.                

AKBD Candidates

Cancellations

The NKBA will retain the exam fee for candidates that cancel their scheduled exam without at least 72 hours notice.

Postponements

Candidates who wish to reschedule an exam without at least 72 hours notice will be charged a $100 rescheduling fee.

No Shows

Candidates who do not show for their scheduled exam date must resubmit their exam fee. Candidates who wish to cancel their scheduled exam up to 72 hours before their scheduled exam date will be refunded the exam fees.

Cancellations and postponements must be completed via www.webassessor.com/nkba.

CKD/CBD Candidates

Cancellations/Postponements/Transfers

Candidates who cancel or postpone their design exam, or transfer to a new site or test format may do so in writing to the NKBA Certification Department, up until three (3) weeks prior to the test date for a fee of $75 or may receive a refund or a credit for their exam fees only. Candidates who wish to cancel their exam within three weeks of the exam date will lose all exam registration fees. Candidates may not postpone or transfer from one test site to another within three weeks of the exam.

No Shows

Registered candidates who do not appear for the exam on their scheduled exam date will be considered a no show and must resubmit all fees and registration forms.

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