NCIDQ Launches Online System for Credential Verification

April 6, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC—The National Council for Interior Design Qualification, Inc. (NCIDQ) has introduced another benefit exclusively for active Certificate holders—a secure online credential verification process.

NCIDQ Certificate holders frequently need their credential verified to a state or provincial agency in support of an application for licensure or to a professional association in support of an application for membership. Many Certificate holders elect to send the verification to prospective clients or employers as evidence of having met NCIDQ’s rigorous standards for education, experience and examination.

Previously, Certificate holders were required to mail or fax in a form with payment. NCIDQ then processed a paper copy of a verification and mailed it on behalf of the certificants. Now, active Certificate holders have instant access to this Certificate verification process at any time through their MyNCIDQ account. A Certificate verification is now sent within minutes rather than weeks.

The Certificate holder can verify his/her credential to a specific person (such as a client or employer), to a regulatory board/agency or to a professional organization, even adding a personal message. The verification does not include any background information, such as education or work history. It only includes the Certificate holder’s contact information, Certificate number and validation of current status. Each verification costs only US$5.

The recipient receives an email with a unique password that provides 14 days of secure access to the information. After that time, the access expires.

This online verification is an exclusive benefit for active Certificate holders. Certificate holders who are inactive must reactivate to an active status to have their credential verified. NCIDQ has an amnesty program in place so that inactive Certificate holders can reactivate their status for just $90.

The online system is in place now, and active Certificate holders can begin using it right away. However, NCIDQ will continue to verify active Certificate holders status using the old, paper-based system through May 2011. Beginning June 1, 2011, NCIDQ will no longer accept paper requests or send paper verifications, and the verification system will be available only through MyNCIDQ for active Certificate holders.

View step-by-step instructions here.


NCIDQ® is an organization of regulatory boards and provincial associations in the United States and Canada whose core purpose is to protect the health, life safety and welfare of the public by establishing standards of competence in the practice of interior design. More information about the organization may be found at www.ncidq.org.

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