Frequently Asked Questions

Help! I need a sponsor. Do you know anyone?

        We are here to help! Provided you meet the NCIDQ Eligibility requirements, I can be your sponsor. I require a virtual meeting to go over your work experience and background in all phases of design prior to signing off on any official paperwork needed for your NCIDQ application. 

What do I get when I register?

You will receive an e-mail welcoming you to the class and calendar invites for our weekly group sessions. You will need to subscribe to our Google Classroom for access to all of the files needed for class. You will still need to procure a copy of the Interior Design Reference Manual in order to be prepared for class. 

What is in the eBook?

The eBook includes:

  • Detailed reading schedule

  • Terms to know 

  • Discussion questions

  • Hands on exercises

  • Practice questions


Who is your instructor?

Cristina Garvie is a fellow interior designer with over 10 years of commercial interior design experience. She has worked both on the client and design side as an Occupancy Planner, Commercial Interior Designer and Workplace Strategist. She received her NCIDQ certificate in 2014. Her passion for education is only overshadowed by her commitment to success for her students. Cristina very graciously gives her time to helping interior designers pass the NCIDQ exams and loves hearing that her students have passed their exams. When possible, we will have guest speakers that are experts in their field.

What additional materials do I need? 

Our class uses the sixth edition of the Interior Design Reference Manual: Everything You Need to Know to Pass the NCIDQ Exam by David Kent Ballast as the foundation for our study group. This book, in addition to the eBook (provided with study group registration), are required for this course. Other resources may be provided as needed.


Is there a discount code for the Ballast book?

Yes. You can get a 15% discount using the code: IDC15 or by clicking through this link:

This code is valid on PPI print products and PPI Learning Hub digital subscriptions. The code is not valid on bundles (including courses) as these already have a 15-30% discount built in.

Where do we meet?

Meetings are 100% virtual. We use a video conference platform and phone line to support our study group. 


Will these sessions be recorded?

Yes! Class recordings will be available throughout the duration of the study group. When possible, it is preferred that you participate in class during our scheduled sessions, so we can have a rich dialogue and get any of your questions answered.