Accolades: LDG’s Hannah Porter Earns Certification by Prestigious Interior Design Organization

Through Accolades, LDG shares news of the awards, rankings, and professional achievements that recognize our people, our hard work, and our exceptional client service.

We spoke with LDG’s Hannah Porter, Interior Design Associate, who is based in our Norman, OK, office and recently earned the prestigious National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) Certification. This certification is the industry’s recognized indicator of proficiency in interior design principles and a designer’s commitment to the profession.

Tell us more about this certification and the organization it’s given by.

The NCIDQ is administered by the Council for Interior Design Qualification (CIDQ). CIDQ has been around since 1974 and focuses on testing interior designers’ knowledge and skills to design secure, functional, and innovative interior spaces.

Is this the premier professional organization for interior designers?

This is the highest achievement interior designers can pursue and is recognized throughout the US. Once you pass the NCIDQ, you are eligible to be licensed or registered in your state. In Oklahoma, you become a Registered Interior Designer.

What are some of the details about the exam? Are there different components to it?

There are three sections of the NCIDQ- The IDFX (Interior Design Fundamentals Exam), IDPX (Interior Design Professional Exam), and PRAC (Practicum Exam). The IDFX tests general knowledge and facts related to design including building systems and construction, programming and site analysis, human behavior, the designed environment, and construction drawings and specifications. The IDPX focuses on experience in the professional world. It tests some of the IDFX standards as well as project coordination and professional practices. The PRAC is the longest test comprised of three case studies and a handful of open questions. The case studies are one small commercial, large commercial, and residential space. The PRAC tests designers’ ability to analyze and judge the space and extra documents to make the best choice possible. This test is usually fill-in-the-blank or requires the designer to markup different plans or elevations.

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“Congratulations are in order for Hannah, as passing the NCIDQ exam is a real accomplishment,” said LDG Sr. Practice Manager Jeff Wegener. “NCIDQ qualification is really the only, universally accepted standard for interior design qualification. Today, interior design practice is regulated in 27 states, and as we continue to grow our practice nationwide, it will be increasingly important that we have a creative team that reflects our clients’ expectation for professional excellence – and team members like Hannah are the key to our future success.”


Founded in 1986, LDG is an award-winning, 100 percent employee-owned national architecture, engineering, and consulting firm with 18 offices in seven states and a vision to elevate client relationships, enrich the careers and lives of its employee-owners, and enhance the communities in which it operates.

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