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Design Experience Including:

  • Prepare complex nonstructural or non-seismic plans
  • Instruction for the preparation of complex nonstructural or non-seismic plans
  • Complex nonstructural or non-seismic plans:
    Require the skills of a licensed contractor to implement
  • Includes programming, planning, designing, and documenting construction
  • Installation of nonstructural or non-seismic elements, finishes and furnishings
  • Protect and enhance the health, safety, and welfare of the public.

Full-Time Diversified Design Experience Requirements:
(36 hours or more per week, 52 weeks per year).

1 Year = 1,872 Hours+
2 Years = 3,744 Hours+
3 Years = 5,616 Hours+
4 Years = 7,488 Hours+
5 Years = 9,360 Hours+
8 Years = 14,976 Hours+

Proof of Diversified Design Experience

Proof for Self Employment:

  • Federal Tax Returns
  • 1040/1040A/1040EZ (Page 2 Only)
  • Return for each year of experience
  • Letter from a CPA or Attorney confirming candidate�s profession
  • Verify the knowledge required duration occupation
  • R�sum�s NOT accepted for self employment

Proof for Other Employment:

  • Verifiable R�sum�
  • Professional r�sum�
  • Detailed job responsibilities
  • Complete employer contact information
  • Include all positions to be considered

International education allowed, provided:

  • International Education from Accredited Source
  • Accreditation by USDE � International Equivalent accrediting agency
  • Must provide translated/verified transcripts
  • International experience considered
  • Provide verifiable proof of diversified design experience

Candidates meet the minimum qualifications to take the IDEX California
Candidates do not yet meet all requirements to become certified.

Candidates meet the minimum qualifications to take the IDEX California
Candidates also meet minimum qualifications to become certified.

  • Candidates meet the minimum qualifications to take the IDEX California
    Candidates provide proof of one of the following examinations, to qualify:

1. Qualification: Candidates must meet one of the following criteria.

Path 1 – Candidates Meet Minimum Qualifications to Take the IDEX California

A. Minimum of 40 Semester Core Units from accredited design program (60 Quarter Units)
OR
B. More than 5 but less than 8 years of diversified design experience.

Path 2 – Candidates Qualify to Become Certified Upon Passing the IDEX California

A. 80+ Semester Core Units from accredited design program (120+ Quarter Units) plus two years of diversified design experience.

B. 60 � 79 Semester Core Units from accredited design program (90+ Quarter Units) plus three years of diversified design experience.

C. 40 � 59 Semester Core Units from accredited design program (60+ Quarter Units) plus four years of diversified design experience.

D. Minimum eight years eight years of diversified design experience, interior design education, or combination of both that total eight years.

Path 3 – Candidates who passed one of the following examinations:

  • Complete and submit the online application
  • Attach requested documents
  • Mail in corresponding documentation as instructed
  • Pay Fees: Application/IDEX/Test Center
  • All fees are due at the time of application.
  • Corresponding documentation MUST be received prior to the deadline date.
  • Incomplete applications will be deferred to next testing period, NO Exceptions.
  • Candidates have 1 year from registration approval to sit for exam.

  • Two testing periods per year
  • Spring: May 1 � 31st
  • Complete applications packets must be received before March 1st
  • Fall: October 1 � 31st
  • Complete applications packets must be received before August 1st
  • Applications accepted year-round
  • Incomplete Applications or Paperwork received after deadline date:
  • Candidate deferred to later testing period.
  • Information provided verified by CCIDC Staff (duration varies).
  • Notification of application approval provided, upon completion.
  • Candidates have 1 year from registration approval to sit for exam.
  • NOTICE TO SCHEDULE (NTS) email from Castle Worldwide Testing Center.
  • Candidates receive the NTS email at the end of March/August.
  • NTS provides candidates testing center account login.
  • Candidates log in to select the date, time and location for exam.
  • Many testing centers throughout California, the US, Worldwide.
  • Study materials and courses can be found on our website.
  • Test results provided 3 � 5 weeks after last day of test month.
  • Email sent with Pass/Fail status when results made available.
  • Letter will specific scoring sent by USPS.
  • Matriculation expert reviews/qualifies each exam for accuracy/fairness.
  • IDEX Certificate mailed to passing candidates.
  • Retakes may be scheduled in next testing period.
  • Passing the IDEX California does NOT mean candidates are automatically Certified!

4. Compliance Review:





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