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<strong>What Is A Building Designer?</strong>

What Is A Building Designer?

Learn what a certified designer can do for you.

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Enhance your professional stature and separate yourself from your peers

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If you’ve thought that the Certified Professional Building Designer® (CPBD™) certification would add value to your career – you are correct.

The CPBD certification is a benchmark certification that defines competence as a professional building designer who can visualize space – form, scale, and balance.

The CPBD EXAM verifies you have the requisite knowledge to apply learned skills relevant to the industry – business management, building structure design, building code requirements, and building science.

The CPBD certification program is the oldest and most prestigious volunteer credentialing program for design professionals of one/two-family dwellings, townhouses, and light commercial buildings within the United States.

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Feel free to email us at certification@aibd.org with any questions about the program. Our certification consultants are here to assist.


Take a SAMPLE TEST and experience the exam for yourself.

Answer 10 questions in 10 minutes with immediate results.


Submit your application ONLINE.

Do you have a four-year degree plus a minimum of three years of professional experience?

No degree? Can you verify six years of professional experience or more?

Start your CPBD application today (BELOW).

There’s no charge to “register” and open the full application.

Payment is due when you’re ready to submit your completed application.

The $100 application fee includes…

  • Certification consultant support by phone and email
  • Verification of your experience and education
  • Access to five hours of practice testing
  • Approval to register for the CPBD™ Exam (additional fees apply)
  • Satisfaction knowing you’re going to become a differentiator, with enhanced credibility and marketability

Demonstrate your working knowledge of building design and confirm your commitment to our profession with all who see the letters “CPBD” after your name.

Certification makes a difference to the clients whose projects are designed and overseen by Certified Professional Building Designers, as well as to the employers who seek to staff their firms with qualified and experienced design technicians.

Many private communities and governmental agencies require the CPBD certification (email certification@AIBD.org for a list).

Becoming a CPBD is a significant personal and professional accomplishment – it is a crucial step toward enhanced professional stature and separates you from your peers.

Download a free e-book and begin the process.