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Terri Pierce selected to serve on national grading panel

Terri PierceTerri Pierce, a state of Texas licensed interior designer with the Facilities Planning, Design & Construction Department was recently selected to be an Exam Grader for the Council for Interior Design Qualification’s (CIDQ) Spring 2015 Grading Session of the NCIDQ Examination.

Passing the exam and earning the respected NCIDQ Certification signifies that an interior designer has met rigorous standards for education, experience and examination for interior designers in North America. Graders help CIDQ maintain these standards to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public.

All NCIDQ Exam graders are required to be active NCIDQ Certification holders themselves. Ms. Pierce earned her NCIDQ Certification in October 2013. She graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a bachelor of science degree and has worked in the interior design field for nine years.

In her current position as a project manager in Facilities, Pierce is responsible for design and oversight of construction and renovation projects that take place on the UNT Denton campus. Projects are widely diverse ranging from simple furniture layouts and procurement to as complex as entire building gut and remodels as well as scientific lab build outs, to name a few. Pierce implements and carries out the design process involving space assessment, space planning, creating construction documents, finish and furniture selection, procurement of trades and project accounting, all while ensuring that campus facilities are in compliance with various local, state, federal and university health and safety codes and policies.

The NCIDQ Exam consists of three parts: two multiple-choice sections that are taken and graded on computer; and a Practicum section. The Practicum is a three-part drawing section graded by interior design practitioners who use criteria set by a group of “master grader” practitioners.

NCID Exam graders are trained to use a well-defined and uniformly accepted set of criteria when grading the practicum exams. Each exam exercise is graded by two different graders, who apply their professional judgment within the parameters of the criteria established by CIDQ. The graders evaluate the entire solution to see if a candidate has demonstrated his or her competence in the area being tested.

“NCIDQ Certification holders represent to the public that they are qualified professional interior designers ― deemed capable through education, experience and examination to protect the public’s health, safety and welfare,” explains Laurie McRae, the 2015 CIDQ President. “Our graders are responsible for upholding the professional standards and determining who those qualified individuals are.

“The role of a grader is extremely important in ensuring that CIDQ upholds its mission of public protection,” McRae adds. “We value Ms. Pierce’s participation. Our volunteers are the backbone of CIDQ.”

Posted on: Fri 28 August 2015

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