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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.

In 1993, the AIBD named the program the National Council of Building Designer Certification and established it as a separate self-governing council within the institute whose sole purpose is to maintain and administer the national certification examination. In addition, the certification process is available to all qualified building designers regardless of their affiliation with any association.

Upon successful completion of the certification exams, an individual is bestowed the titled "Certified Professional Building Designer" ® or "CPBD" ® and is entitled to receive the Seal and Certificate of the Council. The program contains five individual comprehensive exams.

Code of Ethics and Discipline - A CPBD, regardless of affiliation, must agree to follow the principles of the Code of Ethics and Conduct. Disciplinary action resulting from violation of the Bylaws, Book of Rules and Code of Ethics may vary, and is dependent upon the severity of the infraction. Disciplinary action may range from loss of certification, fines, letters of reprimand, suspension, and probation or other such actions that might be deemed appropriate and reasonable. Download the Candidate Handbook to review the Code of Ethics and Discipline.