After studying for over a year and a half, I successfully passed the NCIDQ Certification exams in October 2013.  Aside from learning a lot while I prepared for the exam, I noticed that studying alone was not the best way for me to be successful. After a few years of practicing commercial interior design, I decided to create study materials to help other interior designers prepare for and pass the exams. Since the fall of 2017, I have been refining my study materials and have taught several study groups in the Southern California area.


Fast forward to present day, and we have had over 80 students participate in our study group with a 70% pass rate across the U.S. and Canada.  


The most difficult part about studying for the NCIDQ exam is:

  • Finding the time to balance work and life

  • Re-learning how you learn (for most of us, it has been a minute since we were in school)

  • Staying motivated after months of preparation (you can do it!)

  • Having the confidence to just schedule the exam



ID Conquer breaks down the content into manageable weekly assignments over a few week period. Classes are offered twice a year to coincide with the spring and fall exams. A reading outline is provided with the required reading for the week. During class we complete individual and group exercises to help apply our knowledge to key concepts covered on the exams, play games and have constructive dialog. Participants are encouraged to ask questions and work with colleagues outside of class hours to better understand material.


A big part of participating in a study group is being able to hold yourself accountable to your peers. Just like you, they are trying to manage their jobs and personal lives, while squeezing in time to study for an exam. Participants range in work experience from fresh out of school to over twenty or thirty years of industry experience. Some participants have new born children or own their own design firm. If they can do it, so can you!