Wendy Conty, Dewberry Interior Designer, Selected To Serve on National Grading Panel

For Immediate Release
Fairfax, VA | 11.22.2011

Wendy Conty selected to be an Exam Grader for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification’s (NCIDQ) Fall 2011 administration.

Wendy Conty, an interior designer with Dewberry in Fairfax, Virginia, was recently selected to be an Exam Grader for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification's (NCIDQ) Fall 2011 administration. Conty is one of 46 individuals selected for the vital role of NCIDQ Exam Grader Fall 2011.

The NCIDQ examination consists of three parts: two multiple-choice sections (which are machine-graded) and a practicum section. Section 3 of the exam is a three-part drawing practicum graded by interior design practitioners using established criteria set by a group of "master grader" practitioners called Grading Coordinators.

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

NCIDQ 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 professional judgment within the parameters of the established criteria set by NCIDQ. The graders evaluate the entire solution to see if a candidate has demonstrated his or her competence in the area being tested. Exercises that receive conflicting scores during the initial grading will be graded a third time by a Grading Coordinator, with that score replacing the divergent score.

"NCIDQ Certificate holders represent qualified interior designers ― those who are deemed capable (through education, experience and examination) to protect the public's health, safety and welfare," explains Patty Blaser, 2011 NCIDQ President. "Our graders are responsible for upholding the standards and determining who those qualified individuals are. The role of a grader is extremely important in ensuring NCIDQ's mission of public protection is upheld. We value Wendy's participation. Our volunteers are the backbone of NCIDQ."

All NCIDQ graders are required to be active NCIDQ Certificate holders. Conty earned her NCIDQ Certificate in April 2003. She graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art with a bachelor's in interior architecture and design and has worked in the interior design field for more than 14 years. In her current position with Dewberry, Conty is responsible for project management and interior design for all phases of construction from programming to construction administration.


NCIDQ® is an organization of regulatory boards and provincial associations in the United States and Canada whose core purpose is to protect the health, life safety and welfare of the public by establishing standards of competence in the practice of interior design. More information about the organization may be found at www.ncidq.org.

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