7059 Blair RD, St. 400
Washington, DC 20012

Why Certification?

As a building design professional you know that credentials and experience are the keys to your success.  You have the experience.  To advance your business you need tangible proof of your qualifications.  NCBDC Certification is the solution.

Since 1958, the American Institute of Building Design has been helping building design professionals further their careers by providing impartial third party testing and accreditation through its individual state societies. In 1991, the National Council of Building Designer Certification was established by AIBD to serve as a single global source of credentialing for all building design professionals.


In the 1950's, the American Institute of Building Design or "AIBD" developed a testing program designed to evaluate the expertise of its professional members and to demonstrate their commitment to the matter of public health, safety and welfare. Each state society wrote and administered its own examination. In 1991 the exam administration responsibilities from the individual states was removed and a single national exam was established.

Read more

Why Hire A Certified Designer?

Everyone enjoys talking about a new home or addition their planning and most people have definite ideas about what they like. But there’s much more to designing a living environment than arranging rooms and drafting construction documents. A Certified Professional Building Designer has displayed to a panel of examiners their ability to visualize space – form, scale and balance; but also structural design, building code requirements and building science.

Read more

Certificate Holder Directory

Looking to build a new home or add on to your existing home, find a Certified Building Designer in your state.

Read more