Qualified Professionals From one of the Following: Interior Design Architecture Building Design
Requirements must come from an accredited institution approved by US Department of Education. CIDA or FIDER accreditation NOT required.
Total Units, (Excluding General Education Courses), From Coursework in the Following Categories: Interior Design Drafting Architecture Art History Building Design History Design Graphic Design Architectural Interior Decoration History Building Codes Construction Documents Green Building Practices Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) Business Practices as Related to [...]
Core units are calculated by semester units; Quarter units will be converted into Semester Units
Total Core units determine eligibility, completion of a degree not required.
Meet Minimum Qualifications to Take the IDEX California® Minimum of 40 Semester Core Units from accredited design program (60 Quarter Units). Education requirements to complete certification vary as well as an option for experience-only candidates to apply explanation in further detail to follow.
Design Experience Including: Prepare complex nonstructural or nonseismic plans Instruction for the preparation of complex nonstructural or nonseismic plans Complex nonstructural or nonseismic plans: Require the skills of a licensed contractor to implement Includes programming, planning, designing, and documenting construction Installation of nonstructural or nonseismic elements, finishes and furnishings Protect and enhance [...]
Full-Time Diversified Design Experience Requirements: (36 hours or more per week, 52 weeks per year). 1 Year = 1,872 Hours+ 2 Years = 3,744 Hours+ 3 Years = 5,616 Hours+ 4 Years = 7,488 Hours+ 5 Years = 9,360 Hours+ 8 Years = 14,976 Hours+
Proof of Diversified Design Experience May be Submitted in Two Ways: Proof for Self-Employment: Federal Tax Returns 1040/1040A/1040EZ (Page 2 Only) Return for each year of experience Letter from a CPA or Attorney confirming candidate’s profession, verify knowledge required duration of occupation. Résumés NOT accepted for self-employment Proof for Outside Employment: Verifiable, Professional [...]
All Candidates who Meet the Qualifications are Encouraged to Become Certified: International education allowed, provided: International Education from Accredited Source Accreditation by USDE International Equivalent accrediting agency Provide translated/verified transcripts International experience considered Provide verifiable proof of diversified design experience
There are Three Paths to Qualification: Path 1 – Can take the IDEX California® but, are not yet eligible to be Certified. Minimum of 40 Semester Core Units from accredited design program (60 Quarter Units) OR More than 5 but less than 8 years of diversified design experience. Path 2 – Candidates Qualify [...]
Qualified Candidates apply online; detailed instructions provided: Complete and submit the online application Attach requested documents Mail in corresponding documentation as instructed Pay Fees: Application/IDEX/Test Center All fees are due at the time of application. Corresponding documentation MUST be received prior to the deadline date. Incomplete applications deferred to future testing period, NO Exceptions. Candidates [...]
Applications accepted year-round 365 Days per year: If you plan to take the IDEX California® in Spring Complete application packets must be received before March 1st If you plan to take the IDEX California® in Fall Complete application packets must be received before August 1st Incomplete Applications or Paperwork received after deadline date: [...]
There are two testing periods per year: Spring: May 1 – 31st Fall: October 1 – 31st
The verification process takes time; CCIDC will contact you via email: Information provided verified by CCIDC Staff (duration varies). Notification of application approval provided, upon completion. Candidates have 1 year from registration approval to sit for exam. NOTICE TO SCHEDULE (NTS) email from Castle Worldwide Testing Center. Candidates receive the NTS email at [...]
CCIDC Provides a Free "Official" IDEX® California Study Guide Thirty-five page booklet Includes: Exam background information, schedule, rules, exam format, content, sample questions and an FAQ. For study materials and classes, please refer to a list of third-party vendors on the CCIDC website Third-Party Disclaimer
For accuracy and fairness, a Matriculation expert reviews/qualifies each exam. Exams scheduled all 31 days, tests not verifiable until last exam submitted. Test results provided 3 5 weeks after last day of test month. Email sent with Pass/Fail status when results made available. Letter with specific scores sent USPS. IDEX Certificate mailed to [...]
No, Passing the IDEX California® does NOT mean candidates are automatically Certified! Path 1 Candidates file held until Candidate provides proof of completion of qualifications. All other Candidates must complete the certification process, and be given their CID number/stamp.
The Compliance Committee reviews and verifies information collected by CCIDC. Congratulations letter sent upon approval and prompt to pay the Bi-Annual Certification Fees. Candidates have 1 year from letter date to complete certification.
Candidates are Certified once the following have been completed. Bi-Annual Certification fees are received New CID Survey completed Certification Number is assigned. Upon completion New CIDs will be mailed: Certified Interior Designer Information Binder CID Certificate Verification Letter with CID# CID ID-Card and Stamp (approximately 8 - 12 weeks later) *** ***Additional [...]
There are generally two types of fees. Total Fees due with application: Total Fees due with application (Includes Application Fee + IDEX Exam Fee + Testing Center Fee**): Path 1 & Path 2 $600 Total* Path 3 $500 Total* International Candidates $800 Total** Total Bi-Annual Certification Fees* Due After Passing Exam [...]