Q: Why should I hire an NKBA-certified interior designer?
These folks don't have any special insurance or anything, do they? This is just more of a high standards thing, right? ...Do NKBA-certified contractors typically charge more?
A: NKBA certified means a designer is up to date on trends and treat projects with professionalism
CKD, CBD or AKBD certification through NKBA means that a designer has a certain amount of experience in the Kitchen Industry and is also required to know kitchen and bath trends, clearances, codes, best practices, and pass a rigorous exam. No special insurance, nor do they typically charge more, but that depends on the designer. It simply means that they are industry professionals, and should be giving you the best advice possible for your situation. I have also worked with amazing designers who are not certified thru NKBA and some that are certified, but not so bright.
So... always check your references, visit a previous job, seek a designer with more than 10 years experience and make a judgement call.
You can search on the NKBA.org website for certified members in your area.
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