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How to Apply for Certification and the IDEX California®

idex logoIDEX stands for “interior design examination.”

As of October 19, 2008, the IDEX® California became the only examination required to fulfill the examination portion of the certification process in California. No longer do we require the combination of the CCRE and one of the three national examinations (CQRID, NCIDQ, NKBA).

The IDEX California® is an online only examination that is given each year throughout the months of May and October. If you wish to sit for the exam in May, completed application packets must be received by March 1st. If you wish to sit for the exam in October, completed application packets must be received by August 1st. The cost to take the test is $300.00 plus a $75.00 testing center fee.  See exam dates.

To take the IDEX California®, candidates will first have to apply to become a CID in order to have their education or work experience verified. The minimum requirements to take the IDEX will be two years (40 Semester Units or 60 quarter credits) of interior design education (not including general subjects) or 5 years (9,000 hours) of diversified interior design working experience.

Passing the IDEX California® will not make you a CID, you will still have to meet one of the four codified categories. See How to Become a Certified Interior Designer.


The deadline to apply for Certification and register for the IDEX is August 1, 2015.

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Need to prepare? In-class and Online Exam Prep Classes are available to you here: http://originalidexprep.com/


CCIDC News – December

Important change to “Inactive” status for CIDs taking place on December 31
In line with California licensing boards, the CCIDC Board of Directors voted to eliminate the “Inactive” status and as of December 31, 2009, the “Inactive” status will no longer be available.

Please note:
CIDs who paid for “Inactive” status in 2009 will be able to apply their $25.00 payment towards their two-year renewal fee of $250.00 in 2010, thus becoming “Current”.
After December 31, 2009, anyone who hasn’t paid their certification renewal fee will become “Delinquent” and it will be so noted on the CCIDC web site. When a designer wants to become “Current” they will be required to pay all past unpaid fees back to their expiration date, plus the two years in advance normally due upon renewal. If they remain “Delinquent” for more than 4 years then they will automatically become “Expired”.

“Expired” Certified Interior Designers will have to reapply and complete a new application and will also be required to take and pass the IDEX California examination.
Any currently “Expired” CIDs have until December 31, 2009 to reactivate their certification, otherwise they will become “Delinquent” under the above policy and will be subject to paying all past unpaid fees or becoming “Expired” under the new rules.

Certification Renewal ($250.00) – For current CIDs or those who have previously been approved “inactive” and wish to reinstate Certification status for two years. If you paid for “inactive” status in 2009, CCIDC will credit your $25.00 after you renew online.

Certification Reactivation ($350.00) – For expired CIDs to reactivate Certification for two years.

Deadline for the SPRING IDEX
March 1, 2010, is the deadline to register for the Spring IDEX (given the entire month of May).
Register now to have plenty of time to study and to get your paperwork in. Did you know that when you register for the IDEX California® you are also applying for Certification at the same time.

If you are planning to take one of the national exams for any other reason, such as becoming a “Professional member” of an association such as ASID or IIDA, or for regulatory reasons in another state, then you should continue on that path. You will still have to take and pass the IDEX-California® to become Certified by CCIDC.

Download CCIDC’s “Official” IDEX California Study Guide
Download our free, 32-page .pdf that provides information on the exam schedule, rules, release of results, exam format, content and sample questions.