Become an AKBD

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Are you graduating soon? Consider earning a certification as an Associate Kitchen & Bath Designer.

The Associate Kitchen & Bath Designer Examination (AKBD) is a:

  • Computer-based academic exam
  • 200 multiple-choice questions
  • Completed in a three hour time period
  • On-demand (Monday - Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.) at a certified testing center
  • Four major content categories: Planning & Design, Construction/Mechanical Systems, Business Management, and Products/Materials

The NKBA requires AKBD candidates to document:

Two Years of Industry Experience

  • One (1) year of experience in the kitchen and bath industry (NKBA Accredited Program graduates who submit a Graduation Verification Form documenting graduation and internship will receive one year of experience)
  • One (1) year of related experience or formal education (NKBA Accredited Program graduates formal education can be counted towards one [1] year)

Two Professional Affidavits

30 hours of NKBA Education or equivalent

  • NKBA Accredited Program graduates will receive 30 NKBA Education hours and the necessary two (2) years industry experience to be considered eligible to take the AKBD exam, if they have:
    • Graduated from a certificate/diploma/degree program that is accredited by the National Kitchen & Bath Association
    • Completed a 160-hour internship in the kitchen/bath industry (some schools require additional hours)
    • Submitted a completed and signed Graduation Verification Form to the NKBA

Students that complete and submit the NKBA Accredited College Program Graduation Verification Form will receive a Certificate of Achievement, and a coupon to waive the $159 exam application fee.

Students wishing to apply for AKBD certification can visit Certification to download an AKBD Application and submit the following:

  • AKBD application
  • Exam registration form
  • Two (2) professional affidavits (one may be an educator at the college)
  • Copy of the Graduation Verification Form and/or coupon in lieu of the work experience verification form(s)
  • College transcripts (NKBA may award more than the 30 hours)
  • Candidate testimony
  • Exam fees (coupon or $159 plus the $200 exam fee)

For more information on the AKBD exam for NKBA Accredited Program students, please contact NKBA Customer Service at 1-800-THE-NKBA (843-6522).

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