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:

  • an 11 week reading schedule

  • Terms to know 

  • Discussion questions to answer as you read

  • PowerPoint slides that are covered in class

  • Hands on exercises

  • Practice questions


Who is your instructor?

Cristina Garvie is a fellow interior designer with over 9 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.

You mentioned we will be reading a book from cover to cover. What book will we be reading?

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, are required for this course.


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.

When do we meet?

Weekends (typically Saturdays) from 9am - noon Pacific

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.


What if I don't plan on taking all three exams at once?

A lot of the content for all three exams overlap. In the reading outline you receive, we have broken out each class by test content. You can chose which classes to skip based on this information, but you will likely need to attend 8 out of 10 classes to cover any one of the exam's material.