Interior Design Early Exam

Applicants for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) exam may begin testing after education and six months' approved experience under the direct supervision of a registered interior designer. See Rule 5.31 and Rule 5.51.

All applicants must submit to TBAE:

To apply and pay the fee online, please create an account.

Application Deadlines

  • June 1 for the Fall exam
  • December 1 for the Spring exam

Five Year Time-Limit for Passing the Exam

All candidates must pass all parts of the exam within five years of the date they pass the first section

Important Notice

All registration requirements must be completed before you can be registered as an interior designer, even if you have passed all parts of the NCIDQ exam. This means that you must finish all of the required experience and complete fingerprint requirement before you can be registered as an interior designer.

Contact: Exam Coordinator (

The mission of the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners (TBAE) is to serve the State of Texas by protecting and preserving the health, safety, and welfare of the Texans who live, work, and play in the built environment through the regulation of the practice of architecture, landscape architecture, and interior design.

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