The Competitive Advantage of NCIDQ Certification

Learn how NCIDQ Certification establishes your credibility as a designer and expands your career opportunities.

Give yourself a competitive edge in the job market, establish your credibility and expertise, and qualify to register as an interior designer in many states – all of these futures are possible when you earn NCIDQ Certification. Earning the Certification involves a combination of education, work experience, and sitting for a three-part exam. You may be wondering if it’s worth the effort. Learn from practitioners who’ve gone through the process and hear how NCIDQ Certification has made a difference in their careers by opening doors to expanded job opportunities. Get practical advice as you map your future to earning NCIDQ Certification.  

This is a recording of a webinar presented on August 19, 2021.

What You Will Learn

  • Recognize the role of NCIDQ Certification in the profession and how employers view certified candidates. 
  • Through practical examples, identify how the NCIDQ Certification will impact and expand the type of work available to you. 
  • Describe the process of earning NCIDQ Certification. 

Access Period: One year from registration date. 

Camia Brown, ASID, NCIDQ, MWBE

Founder and Principal Designer

Camia Brown Interiors

Camia is a Georgia native and a graduate from Georgia Southern University with a Bachelors of Science in Interior Design and a Bachelors of Arts in Spanish. Her love for travel and culture has been instrumental in the development of her design aesthetic. She began her design career working in Costa Rica on relief and development projects, which then led her to New York City where she continued her philanthropic efforts through design and construction for victims of Hurricane Sandy. Camia has spent the last several years working for high-end design firms and under the tutelage of design guru Elaine Griffin. She lives by the motto that everyone can achieve good design, regardless of budget, and it should be creative, resourceful, and timeless. 

Aaron Rask Codden, ASID, AIA, NCARB, SCCID, NCIDQ, WELL AP, LEED Green Assoc

Architect + Interior Designer, Adjunct Instructor

GSBS Architects

Aaron is a highly motivated, sustainability-focused architect and interior designer in Salt Lake City. His work focuses on both new construction and historic rehabilitation for national and state parks. Typologies include visitor centers, ranger stations, kiosks, and park ranger housing. In addition, Aaron is also an experienced graphic designer and highly skilled in brand development and management. Although trained as an architect, Aaron earned his NCIDQ Certification in June of 2021 to better prepare him for a leadership role in the future, operating a firm that is able to offer seamless interior design and architectural services. He is a huge advocate for the interior design profession.



Y.A. Studio

Mona has worked on various projects ranging from commercial to hospitality and healthcare. She is currently focused on affordable housing projects and enjoys working alongside mission driven clients to deliver quality designs that meet the needs of the occupants. She believes design should be inclusive and accessible. Mona has a deep interest in sustainability, health, and equity, and feels privileged to be a contributing voice in the conversation of how we design the built environment. Mona has previously worked at Perkins Eastman, AvroKO, Robert A.M. Stern Architects, Habjan Betancourt Architecture, and SHoP Architects. She has a Master of Fine Arts in Interior Design from New York School of Interior Design, a Master of Fine Arts in Screenwriting from UCLA, and Bachelor of Arts in Film Production from Loyola Marymount University.

Kimberly Woods (Moderator)

Director of Engagement

Council for Interior Design Education (CIDQ)

After previously serving as Data and Program Manager at CIDQ, Kimberly rejoined the organization in a new role as Director of Engagement. In this position, she works on outreach and engagement with a number of stakeholders, including students, educators, member boards, and association chapters, among others. In addition, Kimberly supports the volunteer Ambassadors program, and provides support for CIDQ’s Board of Directors, CEO, and other office staff. Prior to CIDQ, Kimberly worked for an energy consulting company in Ohio. Kimberly received her Master of Arts in Teaching from Loyola University Maryland, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Global Studies from the University of Toledo. 


The Competitive Advantage of NCIDQ Certification Part One
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The Competitive Advantage of NCIDQ Certification Part Two
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The Competitive Advantage of NCIDQ Certification Part Three
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