NKBA Program Aimed at Enhancing Certification
HACKETTSTOWN, NJ — The National Kitchen & Bath Association has “leveled-up” 363 AKBDs to CKBD and 64 CKBDs to CMKBD since the association’s certification program was “reimagined to give it better focus, to emphasize its significance and to maintain its high value,” the NKBA announced.
The association’s “leveling-up” program was created last year after an analysis of the AKBD program revealed “that gaps needed to be addressed to guarantee the continued high value of certification,” the Hackettstown, NJ-based trade association said. As a result, it was determined that, as of February 2021, the AKBD exam would no longer be available for purchase. Anyone who previously purchased the package will be permitted to take the exam through Aug. 31, while students will be able to take the test through the end of this year.
The AKBD Certification will be phased out and be replaced with a window of opportunity to level-up to CKBD, the NKBA said, adding that its Certification Program will “continue to be evaluated and enhanced to meet current industry standards and include a focus on practical design knowledge.”