Certification Exam

Certification Forms

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NKBA Exam Date Schedule

The AKBD academic exam consists of 200 multiple-choice questions that tests both kitchen and bathroom competencies. The examination itself is divided into four (4) major content categories: 40% of the exam questions are related to Planning and Design, 22% related to Construction/Mechanical Systems, 18% to Business Management and 20% to Products/Materials. Questions are developed by the Certification Test Board. Each question is referenced to the NKBA Professional Resource Library, the primary resource for the material on the AKBD exam.

The CKBD, and CKBE design/practical exams are hand drafted or CAD design scenarios which must be completed within a six (6) hour time frame. These exams test practical skills in space planning, placement of fixtures, fitting knowledge, and basic presentation skills. The candidate is required to produce four (4) project documents: a floor plan, construction/mechanical plan, elevation plan, and complete an NKBA specifications form. Scoring is divided into the following content categories: Graphic and Presentation Standards = 24%; Design Solution (Planning and Safety Floor Plan) = 33%; Elevation Plan = 7%; Mechanical/Construction Plan = 13%; Specifications = 23%. The CKD and CBD design exams also serve as the credential exam for CKE and CBE certifications.

CMKBD / CMKBE This hallmark certification does not require an exam. The candidates applying for this appellation must demonstrate 10 years of industry experience beyond their first design certification, and must hold both a CKD(E) and CBD(E) certification. The candidate must also submit three (3) third party endorsements, as well as 100 hours of education.

NKBA Certified Non-Design Professional Exams

The CKBP exam is a multiple-choice computer based test covering a broad range of kitchen and bathroom competencies. The examination itself is divided into four (4) major content categories: 30% of the exam questions are related to Residential Construction, 26% related to General Business Knowledge, 25% to Product/Materials and 19% to Project Management. Each question is referenced to the NKBA Professional Resource Library, the primary resource for the material on the CKBP exam.

Examination Scoring and Reporting

The academic examinations are scored by computer. The CKD and CBD design/practical exams are scored by a panel of NKBA-certified designers. Each exam is scored independently by two different jurors. Juror reliability is continually monitored by the NKBA.

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