Education and Certification

Our industry is constantly changing and evolving and it can be difficult to stay on the cutting edge and keep a close eye on innovations and trends.

Learning should never stop, so that’s why we offer continuing education, in conjunction with the JITO (Joinery Industry Training Authority). NKBA offers certification in the following forms: Certified Kitchen Designer (CKDNZ) or Certified Bathroom Designer (CBDNZ).

CDS Website

Free listings on our website provide direct links to your own. As well as search functionality, and your contact details. In addition to standard listings, there are showcase opportunities where members design projects are featured via the annual NKBA awards entrants and winners. The website is also a place where we provide informative and useful resources, tips and articles for designers – and a chance to educate potential clients on the benefits of using CDS members.

CDS Advertising & Marketing

CDS offers exclusive advertising offers to their members which are not available to other designers in the industry. Editorials, directories and online advertising opportunities widen the scope for your clients to learn and understand about the benefits of working with a CDS Designer.

Being affiliated with CDS gives members targeted ways to market themselves and their products and services. We market the association and its members through social media, websites, magazines, sponsors, suppliers, home shows, and NKBA regional chapter meetings and events.

CDS Logo

Announce your member status to customers and reap the benefits of having a high class society standing by your name.


Society functions and events unite kitchen and bathroom professionals in each community and acknowledge members for outstanding service. Networking offers valuable business contacts and supplier information and is a way to stay in touch with what is happening in the industry – locally, nationally and to explore international trends.

CDS Retreat

Realise, nurture, enjoy and discover. The annual retreat provides interactive workshops, inspirational seminars and an opportunity to reconnect with fellow members from around New Zealand. It provides national business and social networking opportunities to meet with other designers, sponsors, suppliers and students in a positive and rewarding environment.

NKBA Design Competition

With an exclusive CDS Award within the design competition, Certified Designers Society members are offered a chance to use this platform to showcase the excellence within their high standard of professionalism and design. An exceptional opportunity to showcase your best work among your peers with the chance to claim prestigious and nationally recognised awards. Winners enjoy increased industry visibility, peer recognition and valuable publicity opportunities. The awards acknowledge the talent of kitchen and bathroom designers to plan safe, functional, personalised spaces that incorporate imaginative design statements and aesthetically pleasing solutions.