CKD – Certified Kitchen Designers

The premiere hallmark for kitchen and bath professionals, NKBA Certification is based on proctored examinations and extensive industry experience. NKBA Certified Designers must also meet annual continuing education requirements annually.

By selecting an NKBA Certified Kitchen Designer – CKD, you will be working with a professional who:

  • have at least seven years experience, or an equivalent in experience and education, of specializing in the design and installation of residential kitchens and baths.
  • must have passed a stringent 7 hour exam, administered by the National Kitchen and Bath Association demonstrating a thorough knowledge of kitchen design, construction, products and finishes, aesthetics, safety issues and environmental regulations.
  • must have a commendable track record, verified with affidavits from fellow professionals and clients.
  • are required to continue their industry education and actively participate in NKBA programs in order to retain their professional accreditation. This means they are always up to date on new products, new building codes, safety rules and environmental regulations.
  • are skilled at creating kitchens that are both functional and aesthetically pleasing. They can show you how to refine your personal decorating style.
  • can actually save you money because their expertise allows them to detect and prevent problems ordinarily overlooked by someone who doesn’t specialize in kitchen and bath design.
  • use their knowledge and experience when working with you to create the best possible space for your lifestyle and budget.
  • have demonstrated comprehensive knowledge in kitchen and bath design, as well as construction, mechanical, plumbing and electrical systems.
  • adhere to a strict Code of Professional Conduct (see below).
  • are experts in the NKBA Kitchen & Bath Planning Guidelines & Access Standards, which recognize the importance of consumer health, safety and welfare in kitchen and bath design.
  • are skilled at assessing consumers’ individual needs and wants and creating designs that meet and exceed these requirements.
  • remain current on local building codes, safety and environmental regulations and the wealth of new products and equipment on the market.

Code of Professional Conduct

In order to maintain the dignity of our profession, assure public confidence in our industry and render proper service to individuals and the public, it is the duty of each member of the NKBA Society of Certified Kitchen Designers to observe the Code of Professional Conduct.

Observe the highest standards of personal and professional conduct when dealing with clients.

Pledge full support in upholding forthright business practices and maintaining a firm opposition to all unethical business practices.

Clearly determine and define the entire project, services and terms of agreement in writing.

Continually strive for knowledge of applicable laws, building codes, statutes and ordinances, permit procedures and such rules and practices as required by communities and states or provinces, in which he/she operates, and agree to be bound by the laws and all other regulations controlling the industry.

Strive to attain increased knowledge and skill through continued education in the kitchen/bathroom design, construction systems and business management.

Compete with others on an honorable and fair basis; not misrepresent services rendered by themselves or others; nor criticize the works of others; except on the basis of well-founded knowledge and fact.

Show evidence or proof of ability to interpret architectural instructions from plans, drawings and specifications made under accepted architectural practices, as standardized by recognized professional groups.

Adhere to a strict observance of all laws relative to the conduct of business, and shall not engage in any exploitation of the clients, Association, industry or profession, nor shall the CKD mislead the public through false advertising.

Cooperate in every reasonable way with competitors and the Societies for the betterment of the industry.

Strictly adhere to the rules, laws, procedures and customs as set forth by the NKBA Societies Board of Governors.