Certified Kitchen Designer

Certified Kitchen Designer

The premiere hallmark for kitchen and bath professionals, NKBA Certification is based on in-depth testing and extensive industry experience. NKBA certified designers must also meet annual continuing education requirements. The NKBA certifies kitchen and bath design professionals in various stages of expertise: AKBD® – Associate Kitchen and Bath Designer Certified professional with a minimum of 2 years of kitchen/bath industry experience – they are knowledgeable in product selection, space planning, materials, and finishes. An AKBD must pass a comprehensive academic exam in order to be awarded their certification. CKBD® – Certified Kitchen and Bath Designers Have a minimum of 5 years experience designing residential kitchen and bath spaces. They are highly skilled in design, space planning and product selection and have extensive knowledge of building codes, flooring materials, appliances, and mechanical systems. They write specifications and draw plans that are easily interpreted by plumbers, electricians, and installers. A CKBD must meet specific educational requirements and pass a comprehensive academic and practical exam. CMKBD® – Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Designer A designer who must possess not only their CKD and CBD certification, but must have an additional seven years of experience in the industry beyond the date of their first certification. In addition, a CMKBD has been nationally recognized through design competitions, industry awards, printed publications, television spots, and other industry opportunities. A CMKBD must also meet specific educational requirements.
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Certified Kitchen Designer

Building or renovating a kitchen and bath is one of the most important investments you will make in your home. Not only does it involve careful planning, but also extensive research and building knowledge. Certified kitchen designers and certified bathroom designers are tested to rigorous and relevant standards, much like certified public accountants or financial planners are tested for their industry competencies.
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Certified Kitchen Designer

Aspiring kitchen designers can enroll in courses offered by the NKBA or earn a certificate or two-year degree from a college program approved by the NKBA. The NKBA offers several levels of certification, all requiring training, experience and passing an exam. Once a kitchen designer is certified, they may also need to be licensed as an interior designer, depending on the state they are practicing in.
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Certified Kitchen Designer

I’m an architect who designs custom homes, and I always do a layout for the kitchen cabinetry and appliances on the floor plan. I also do interior elevations or details of the cabinetry, so that it works with other interior architectural features, built-ins, windows, doors, ceiling heights, and trim. For example, if there is symmetry in the interior architecture, the cabinet layout should reflect that. Once we have a layout that works aesthetically and functionally, the kitchen designer (who typically works at the kitchen cabinetry showroom) takes it from there, producing the detailed drawings for manufacturing and installation. That person also works with the client to choose cabinet door style, hardware, and cabinet interior details, as well as the appliance specifications and finishes. I always ask the client/kitchen designer to send me a set of the kitchen plans for final approval before ordering, so that the original design intent is maintained.
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Certified Kitchen Designer

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo PRO EMW Architecture I’m an architect who designs custom homes, and I always do a layout for the kitchen cabinetry and appliances on the floor plan. I also do interior elevations or details of the cabinetry, so that it works with other interior architectural features, built-ins, windows, doors, ceiling heights, and trim. For example, if there is symmetry in the interior architecture, the cabinet layout should reflect that. Once we have a layout that works aesthetically and functionally, the kitchen designer (who typically works at the kitchen cabinetry showroom) takes it from there, producing the detailed drawings for manufacturing and installation. That person also works with the client to choose cabinet door style, hardware, and cabinet interior details, as well as the appliance specifications and finishes. I always ask the client/kitchen designer to send me a set of the kitchen plans for final approval before ordering, so that the original design intent is maintained. 6 Likes July 27, 2016 at 11:45AM

Certified Kitchen Designer

EMW Architecture I’m an architect who designs custom homes, and I always do a layout for the kitchen cabinetry and appliances on the floor plan. I also do interior elevations or details of the cabinetry, so that it works with other interior architectural features, built-ins, windows, doors, ceiling heights, and trim. For example, if there is symmetry in the interior architecture, the cabinet layout should reflect that. Once we have a layout that works aesthetically and functionally, the kitchen designer (who typically works at the kitchen cabinetry showroom) takes it from there, producing the detailed drawings for manufacturing and installation. That person also works with the client to choose cabinet door style, hardware, and cabinet interior details, as well as the appliance specifications and finishes. I always ask the client/kitchen designer to send me a set of the kitchen plans for final approval before ordering, so that the original design intent is maintained. 6 Likes July 27, 2016 at 11:45AM
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Certified Kitchen Designer

EMW Architecture I’m an architect who designs custom homes, and I always do a layout for the kitchen cabinetry and appliances on the floor plan. I also do interior elevations or details of the cabinetry, so that it works with other interior architectural features, built-ins, windows, doors, ceiling heights, and trim. For example, if there is symmetry in the interior architecture, the cabinet layout should reflect that. Once we have a layout that works aesthetically and functionally, the kitchen designer (who typically works at the kitchen cabinetry showroom) takes it from there, producing the detailed drawings for manufacturing and installation. That person also works with the client to choose cabinet door style, hardware, and cabinet interior details, as well as the appliance specifications and finishes. I always ask the client/kitchen designer to send me a set of the kitchen plans for final approval before ordering, so that the original design intent is maintained.
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Certified Kitchen Designer

Kitchen & Bath Design is an NKBA accredited certificate program which prepares you for entry level and advanced positions in the Kitchen & Bath Design Industry. This program includes the knowledge, skills, and attributes necessary for working in this specialized design area. Course content includes presentation standards (hand-drafting techniques), computer-aided drafting, construction and mechanical systems, basics of kitchen and bath design, materials and estimation, lighting, universal design and theme application, and business practices for the kitchen and bathroom industry. As a culmination of all of these courses, an internship within a kitchen and/or bath-related firm is required. Kitchen and Bath Design courses are offered daytime at East Campus and online.
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Certified kitchen designers use software and other drawing tools to design a plan for the elements of a residential or commercial kitchen. Designers work with clients and contractors to select appliances, flooring, cabinetry and other products for form and function. Designs may be for new construction or for a remodel. Knowledge of sales, project management and budgeting are typically required.

Achieving flawlessly functional and attractive kitchen and bath design requires a professional who specializes in these spaces. Not only do these rooms see the most action of the house, but they require the most planning and attention to detail. When designing them, a bath and kitchen designer must keep a strong focus on the homeowner’s wants and needs while also considering things like potential resale value. Read the tips below to learn how to choose the perfect kitchen and bathroom design professional for your home project. More
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Susan Serra Know your budget. Have a firm idea of what you want to, and are able to, spend to avoid a disconnect between plans and reality. If you have the means for pro-grade appliances and high-end finishes, your kitchen designer can work those into the scheme from the beginning. If you don’t, make it known upfront. Although miracles may not happen on a shoestring, a designer has the experience and the know-how to stretch your dollars as far as they’ll possibly go.
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Know your budget. Have a firm idea of what you want to, and are able to, spend to avoid a disconnect between plans and reality. If you have the means for pro-grade appliances and high-end finishes, your kitchen designer can work those into the scheme from the beginning. If you don’t, make it known upfront. Although miracles may not happen on a shoestring, a designer has the experience and the know-how to stretch your dollars as far as they’ll possibly go.
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Certified professional with a minimum of 2 years of kitchen/bath industry experience – they are knowledgeable in product selection, space planning, materials, and finishes. An AKBD must pass a comprehensive academic exam in order to be awarded their certification.
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Student can take courses from NKBA directly or earn a certificate or degree from an NKBA-approved college or university program. The NKBA recognizes many certificate and 2-year degree programs in kitchen and bath design, which are mainly offered by community and technical colleges, as well as undergraduate degree programs in interior design. Kitchen design courses might cover building codes, drafting, kitchen products, lighting design, kitchen systems and plumbing systems.