NKBA to Merge Designations

by Ashley Lapin Olian

Hackettstown, N.J. — The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) has announced changes to its design certification program that are aimed at raising the bar on industry professionalism while simplifying the complexity of the certification process.

The changes include the introduction of a new Certified Kitchen and Bath Designer (CKBD) accreditation, which will integrate two existing certifications: the Certified Kitchen Designer (CKD) and Certified Bath Designer (CBD) designation.

Other changes include more rigorous continuing education unit (CEU) requirements and more access to testing.

Candidates interested in applying for NKBA certifications will now be able to do so year-round at over 300 computerized testing facilities in the U.S. and Canada, according to NKBA officials.

The enhancements to the certification program were spearheaded by the Certification Task Force, led by Chair Denise Dick, CMKBD, in response to member surveys, as well as member requests for exams that are more accessible to potential candidates. All changes will go into effect on July 1, 2016.

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