Registered Interior Designers

Registration by Exam or Prior Exam

Beginning January 1, 2018, all new applicants applying for registration in Texas must have met all of the requirements to sit for and have passed the NCIDQ exam through CIDQ. See Rule 5.31 and 5.33 to review the requirements and application procedures for registration by examination.

Once you have passed all 3 sections of the NCIDQ exam, follow these instructions:

  1. Create a TBAE online account/record and pay the $100.00 application fee.
  2. Submit your CIDQ experience forms, college transcript, letter of approval from CIDQ to sit for the exam, and passing exam scores. Submitting your CIDQ Certificate, if you have one, is optional.
  3. Provide TBAE your Proof of Legal Status.
  4. All new applicants are required to complete a criminal history check prior to registration. Click here for more information and instructions regarding how to complete the criminal history check: http://www.tbae.state.tx.us/Registrants/FingerScan

TBAE will send you confirmation when you have been approved for Registration.

For all Texas applicant questions, e-mail TBAE at exams@tbae.state.tx.us or call us at 512-305-8527.

To contact CIDQ, e-mail questions to inquiries@cidq.org or call 1-202-721-0220




If you applied as an exam applicant prior to January 1, 2018, you will continue to proceed under the rules that were in effect at the time of your application. Contact TBAE if you have questions regarding your TBAE status.

Pre-2018 Use this checklist to help you navigate the steps toward registration in Texas

The mission of the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners (TBAE) is to serve the State of Texas by protecting and preserving the health, safety, and welfare of the Texans who live, work, and play in the built environment through the regulation of the practice of architecture, landscape architecture, and interior design.

Download Abode Reader
Hobby Building : 333 Guadalupe, Suite 2-350, Austin Texas 78701 : Telephone (512) 305-9000 : Fax (512) 305-8900
Copyright © 2005-2018, Texas Board of Architectural Examiners